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.

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Sustainability in 140 Characters?

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Social media has a different role with sustainability than within sales and marketing. Research identifies its value in augmenting sustainability dialogue.

$27 Billion in Food is Wasted in Canada

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Turn food waste into a multi-billion dollar opportunity.

Damaged Goods

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“When in doubt, throw it out” has been the default for household recycling. But this means that many recyclables go to waste. How can we solve this problem?

The Goldilocks Principle

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No company can function independently from the community in which it operates. This is especially true for small businesses. What’s more, a mutually supportive company-community… Read More

Start Here

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Download(s): Start Here Guide

Sustainability frameworks are useful tools. They provide clarity on risks and responsibilities, and often kick-start a company’s sustainability strategy. But, it can be a challenge… 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

Community Engagement Toolkit for Mining Companies

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Download(s): Community Engagement Toolkit

Want to reduce the social risk of your operations? Build relationships not transactions.

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.

ISO 14001: How EMS Adds Value to Firms

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Many firms use ISO’s 14000 standards to support various aspects of environmental management.  ISO 14001, specifically, describes a framework companies can use to set up… Read More

Why Hire a Sustainability Graduate?

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

How Does Corporate Giving Pay?

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This is a summary of the Top 3 research findings on the business benefits of corporate giving. Will Corporate Giving Fix Our Damaged Reputation? 1…. Read More

SME Sustainability Challenges 2013

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Download(s): SME Challenges Report 2013

For the second consecutive year, this report identifies SME-specific challenges, while highlighting the contributions of small firms towards sustainability. This year, NBS’s SME Council brought… Read More


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