How can organizations build durable, enduring cultures of sustainability?

Sustainability initiatives are often led by a few key individuals - and typically people in leadership positions. What happens to the company's sustainability culture when those key individuals leave?

NBS conducted a systematic review of the world's best management research to determine how companies embed sustainability in their corporate cultures. The resulting report is a how-to-guide for executives that answers the following questions:

  • What tools or practical devices help embed sustainability in organizational culture (e.g. organizational design, incentives systems, etc)?
  • Which of these practices are most effective? What is the relationship between them?
  • What can be learned from the safety movement, which is now a core element of most extractive and manufacturing firms' corporate cultures?
  • How can we measure our progress towards a culture of sustainability?

Read Stephanie Bertels' new report Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government, which promises to help municipal change agents advance sustainability in their organizations and become role models for others in the community.

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Systematic Review: Organizational Culture

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93% of CEOs see sustainability as key to business success. Here, NBS presents a comprehensive framework to embed sustainability into corporate culture.

Executive Report: Organizational Culture

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NBS presents a framework of best practices and tools to help managers embed sustainability into their corporate culture and incite meaningful change.

Burned-out Employees? Reduce Absenteeism with Workplace Interventions

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Workplace conflict can have dire financial consequences as a result of loss in productivity. Discover how to empower employees again with team meetings.

Will Stretch Goals Help or Hinder Your Firm?

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Many companies are setting internal or public goals around sustainability — for example, reducing environmental impacts or increasing employee participation in corporate citizenship activities. Some… Read More

Use Creative Spaces to Build a Culture of Sustainability at Work

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Insiders — and not just those at the top of the organization — can instigate cultural changes without disrupting the current corporate culture.

Do Firms That Put “Family First” Perform Better?

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If your company employs many highly skilled workers, you may be expected to step up on work-life balance.

Seven Links Between HR and Advanced Environmental Performance

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Environmental controls can be costly and inefficient. Read how preventative measures and a committed workforce are key to good environmental management.

Tap into Your Organization’s Subcultures to Improve Environmental Responses

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What motivates managers to look beyond regulatory requirements to improve their company’s environmental practices? It may be a matter of perspective. This paper argues that… Read More

Senior Managers Drive Internal Sustainability Commitment

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A survey of supervisors in a multinational corporation finds only one factor is significant in shaping perceived support for corporate sustainability: commitment from top management…. Read More

How to Encourage Employee-led Eco-projects

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Employees working for firms with environmental policies are most likely to implement eco-initiatives. To encourage employee eco-initiatives, managers can adopt a written environmental policy and… Read More

Embedding Sustainability

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NBS and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility present a five-part framework to help businesses embed sustainability into their organizational culture.


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