Business sustainability is often seen as managing the triple bottom line of corporate environmental, social and financial performance. This view is a translation of the World Commission on Environment and Development’s conception of sustainable development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. NBS takes a “systems” approach to sustainability. We see business sustainability as resilient businesses that create economic value, healthy ecosystems and strong communities. Find strategic discussion in this blog.

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Use Your HR Professionals to Foster Sustainable Corporate Culture

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Discover how baking sustainability into your firm’s HR processes attracts better, more motivated talent.

Build CSR Metrics into Your Balanced Scorecard

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Apply CSR metrics to your Balanced Scorecard.

“Good” Companies Launch More New Products

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Use Environmental Performance to Get to the Top

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Pressure from customers, shareholders, governments and the general public pushes firms to improve their environmental performance – but what about a firm’s competitors? What role… Read More

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Business Models for Shared Value

Main Report: Business Models for Shared Value

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Tap the joint potential of business models and shared value creation creation.

Executive Guide: Business Models for Shared Value

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Shared value seems promising, but many managers struggle to make it happen. This executive guide provides a new approach by focusing on business models.

When Technology Makes Corporations Irrelevant

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New technologies mean new kinds of enterprises. Here’s how workers can adapt.

To Create Shared Value, Adapt Your Business Model

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Four-fifths of CEOs are experimenting with alternative business models or thinking of doing so.

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CEO Decision-Making

Main Report: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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This report outlines the influences on CEO decision-making for sustainability and identifies actions for change agents to support their CEOs.

Executive Guide: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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Leverage the CEO’s position – at the interface between the external environment and the internal hierarchy of their companies – to drive sustainability.

Primer: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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What helps shift CEO decision-making around sustainability? How can corporate change agents support this process? Read this primer to find out.

CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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New research & tools provide insight into CEO decision-making for sustainability.

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Decision-Making

Systematic Review: Decision-Making for Sustainability

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This report covers over 60 years and 207 studies on decision-making for sustainability.

Executive Report: Decision-Making for Sustainability

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This report is designed to help business leaders, managers, and policy-makers improve their decision-making process to reach more sustainable outcomes.

What We Know About Change Is Wrong

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Researchers have uncovered an exciting path forward for many organizations – one that upends common assumptions about organizational change.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Rethink Trade-Offs

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Successful social entrepreneurs know it’s not an “either/or” question – it’s “both/and” leadership.

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Innovation

Systematic Review: Innovating for Sustainability

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Research on sustainability innovation by Richard Adams reveals three stages: operational optimization, organizational transformation, and systems building.

Executive Report: Innovating for Sustainability

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What innovation activities help companies become sustainable? This report outlines 38 innovation practices that drive sustainability.

When Technology Makes Corporations Irrelevant

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New technologies mean new kinds of enterprises. Here’s how workers can adapt.

Use Life Cycle Assessment to Map Your Organization’s Future

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Maps help us make sense of our complex world. LCAs can do the same for your business.

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Long-Term Thinking

Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World

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This report provides a three-step process to balance short and long-term actions, cases, common obstacles to long-term action, and ways to overcome them.

Bringing Long-Term Thinking into Business

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This NBS research outlines factors affecting short and long-term thinking in business, respective impacts, and remaining research needs.

Ease the Transition to Sustainability

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In the early 90s, BASF pulled a lucrative, but toxic product from its production.

Future-Proof Your Company

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Use these four steps to make the case to integrate long-term thinking into decision-making.

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Strategic Planning

Systematic Review: Strategic Planning

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Learn which of the four strategic planning approaches will help your business build a shared vision for a sustainable future.

Executive Report: Strategic Planning

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Planning for the future is essential to leadership. So how can businesses engage in strategic planning to create a shared vision for a sustainable future?

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Rethink Trade-Offs

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Successful social entrepreneurs know it’s not an “either/or” question – it’s “both/and” leadership.

Better Late! Than Never

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Late! operates just like any other business; the difference is that all profits are devoted entirely to social projects.

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Old Org, New Tricks

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What happens when practices once taken for granted – like smoking in the workplace – start to become less acceptable?

What We Know About Change Is Wrong

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Researchers have uncovered an exciting path forward for many organizations – one that upends common assumptions about organizational change.

Urban Development for Mining Communities

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Mining firms, government, and the Chilean community of Calama collaborate to develop a sustainable urban development plan.

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.

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