What best practices enable firms to collaborate with other organizations to advance sustainable business?

NBS's latest reports provide explicit guidance on how to select the right partner, how to manage the partnership process, and includes a toolkit complete with a partnership checklist and case studies.

Led by Dr. Barbara Gray of Pennsylvania State University, the research is a direct response to the Top 10 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2013 identified by the NBS Leadership Council – a group of 18 organizations representing major sectors in the Canadian economy and recognized for leadership in sustainability.

In addition to the ready-to-use tools, the research helps classify and navigate different types of partnerships to help partners elicit the greatest mutual benefit. The focus on multi-sector partnerships also ensures applicability for any type of partnership.


Systematic Review: Sustainability through Partnerships

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Download(s): Systematic Review

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires… Read More

Executive Report: Sustainability through Partnerships

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Collaboration is one of the keys to sustainability. Leaders from all sectors agree: solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation. So which best practices… Read More

Fashion Foes Form Alliance to Detox Manufacturing Process

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For decades, a fashion powerhouse tried improving its supply chain. The more it did, the more it realized it could only be done collectively—as an industry.

Better Late! Than Never

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Great minds think alike. Right? Though seemingly exclusive, business strategies and social initiatives often emerge from a combined process. This crucial understanding helped form Late!, first… Read More

Good is the New Black

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“Luxury is in each detail.” The words of Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer and founder of the House of Givenchy, ring true. In fashion, details… Read More

Latin American B Corp Sustainability Challenges 2015

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Download(s): B Corp Report

To explore challenges facing B Corps, NBS gathered 22 Empresas B from Chile, Argentina and Colombia to form the first Latin American B Corp council.

Chilean Business Sustainability Challenges 2015

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Download(s): 2015 Chilean Challenges Report

As Chile’s economy progresses, the need to address pressing sustainability issues becomes greater. Our economy largely depends on the exploitation of natural resources. History says… Read More

The 7 Sustainability Opportunities for Canadian Business in 2015

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Download(s): 2015 Canadian Opportunities Report

Canadian businesses play a critical role in building resilient economies and communities. This report highlights opportunities for business to take decisive action towards positive change…. Read More

How Collaboration Ended the “War in the Woods”

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Multi-sector partnerships can help solve complex sustainability issues. Partnerships bring together different types of organizations: business, government, non-governmental organizations and/or community groups. Partnerships are vital… Read More

Sustainability Inspires Innovative Approaches to Making Money

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New research from MIT suggests three things your company can do to generate profit from sustainability activities. Findings are based on a 2012 survey conducted… Read More

Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2014

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Download(s): 2014 Challenges Report

This report points to critical sustainability issues, providing signposts to best practices and knowledge, to enable long-term success of Canadian business.

Why Hire a Sustainability Graduate?

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Research suggests sustainability programs build many competencies in students that valuable to prospective employers.


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