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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The Battle for Renewable Energy Supremacy


Renewable energy can seem a peaceful landscape of sun and wind. But to researcher Joern Hoppmann (ETH Zurich), the renewable energy market is a chess… Read More

Understanding Why a Technology Triumphs


Renewable energy can seem a peaceful landscape of sun and wind: but different technologies are busily competing. Joern Hoppmann explains why some triumph.

Game of Loans


High performance teams often face opposing management strategies. Rodrigo Canales explores pros and cons of management strategies in microfinance.

Sustainability in 140 Characters?


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


Turn food waste into a multi-billion dollar opportunity.

Damaged Goods


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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