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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Human resource (HR) professionals play an important role in improving a firm’s social performance and can help integrate sustainability initiatives across the firm, according to… Read More

Build CSR Metrics into Your Balanced Scorecard

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To successfully monitor CSR activity and ensure its connection to organizational strategy, managers should build CSR metrics into their existing organizational dashboards. Researchers François Meyssonnier,… Read More

“Good” Companies Launch More New Products

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For those leaders still trying to make the business case for sustainability, here’s something to tell senior management: CSR will help your company generate more… Read More

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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How are innovative business models creating shared value?  This question was identified by NBS-SA’s Leadership Council as one of the top sustainability challenges facing South African business. With the research complete, stay… Read More

Executive Guide: Business Models for Shared Value

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How are innovative business models creating shared value?  This question was identified by NBS-SA’s Leadership Council as one of the top sustainability challenges facing South African business. With the research complete, stay… Read More

Primer: Business Models for Shared Value

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How are innovative business models creating shared value?  This question was identified by NBS-SA’s Leadership Council as one of the top sustainability challenges facing South African business. With the research complete, stay… Read More

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CEO Decision-Making

Main Report: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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Stay tuned for the main report on CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability to be published in the coming weeks.

Executive Guide: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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This executive guide covers factors shaping CEO thinking on sustainability, key barriers preventing CEOs from prioritizing sustainability, qualities of influential change agents, and tactics to help change agents support CEOs to incorporate sustainability.

Primer: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability

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Get an overview of what helps shift CEO decision-making around sustainability and how corporate change agents can support this process.

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

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This report features the most comprehensive and credible evidence to date on decision-making for sustainability.

Executive Report: Decision-making

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

Smart Investing for a Better Society

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Poverty alleviation is increasingly about investing “patient” capital in promising individuals with powerful ideas. And, it’s tied to economic growth.

Practice Makes Perfect

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New research places business leaders at the centre of management innovation, providing inspiration for researchers and leadership for fellow practitioners.

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Innovation

Systematic Review: Innovating for Sustainability

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This report features the most comprehensive and credible evidence to date on innovation for sustainability.

Executive Report: Innovating for Sustainability

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This report answers the question: “What innovation activities help companies become sustainable?”

The Theory of Creativity

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Research suggests norms for political correctness can positively effect workplace creativity by sharpening an individual’s contribution to a group.

The Challenge of Change

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What happens to corporate culture when a new boss arrives on scene and challenges taken-for-granted beliefs? He or she seeks results and change, but might… Read More

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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.

MEC’s Data-Driven Sustainability Strategy

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MEC accountants play a core role in climate change adaptation. They provide analysis to underpin key decisions, adding substance to sustainability discussions.

Ease the Transition to Sustainability

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The following is an excerpt from “Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World.” In the early 1990’s, chemical company BASF decided to stop producing several plastic products…. Read More

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Strategic Planning

Select a Planning Approach for Your
Shared Vision

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Business has contributed to the problem of unsustainable development, but it is also critical to its solution. This executive report helps practitioners move their organizations towards… Read More

Inclusive, Effective Strategic Planning

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Leadership inherently involves envisioning the future and then creating a plan to get there. Business leadership is no different. But when creating a shared vision… Read More

MEC’s Data-Driven Sustainability Strategy

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MEC accountants play a core role in climate change adaptation. They provide analysis to underpin key decisions, adding substance to sustainability discussions.

Putting Climate Change on the Books 

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Accountants are vital to helping organizations account and prepare for climate change. At TransLink, the finance team has responsibility for sustainability. At other organizations, finance teams may be new to the topic. Staff at TransLink offer their advice.

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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.

Putting Climate Change on the Books 

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Accountants are vital to helping organizations account and prepare for climate change. At TransLink, the finance team has responsibility for sustainability. At other organizations, finance teams may be new to the topic. Staff at TransLink offer their advice.

A Dialogue about Sustainability in Canada’s Railway Sector

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Railways are part of the Canadian identity. NBS civic dialogue research identified key issues for the Railway Association of Canada’s sustainability strategy.

The Social Economy: From IT to the Circus, Building Community and Commerce

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“Social economy.” It’s a term we increasingly hear in media, business and certainly the academic sphere. Yet, its meaning is not always clear.  Social economy… Read More

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