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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10 Costly Mistakes of CSR Reporting

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CSR reporting has become the norm for any company committed to responsible business practice. But, when done incorrectly, reporting can do more harm than good…. Read More

93 Per Cent of Your Supply Chain is Invisible

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Most companies have a hidden supply chain, thanks to complexities of global business. Here’s why they’re still responsible and what they can do about it.

The Dirty Side of Green Leasing

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Leasing can be a route to sustainability – or to greenwashing. This research suggests when to lease, buy, and retire products.

5 Rules for Becoming a CSR Leader

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For your company to be a sustainability leader, you need sustainability leadership inside your organization. NBS reviewed the best management research from around the world… Read More

How Casual Conversation Sparked Sustainability in the Plastics Industry

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This article is part of a series examining how business leaders are driving real change by working with their industry associations to develop industry-wide sustainability… Read More

Top 10 CSR Research Findings of 2012

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From green logistics to employee ethics, NBS present 2012’s most popular Research Insights.

The 5 Practices of Visionary Companies

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What do a tire company, yogurt company, and luxury goods producer have in common? Five practices to reduce waste, improve reputation, and increase revenues.

5 Steps for Building Sustainability into Corporate Budgeting and Planning

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Each month, NBS spotlights a key sustainability issue for business leaders. These issues have been identified by NBS’s Leadership Council, a group of Canadian businesses… Read More

Guide to Industry-Level Sustainability Programs

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Download(s): Industry-Level Sustainability Programs Guide

Business can have significant effects – both positive and negative — on environmental and social systems. For this reason, business sustainability, sometimes referred to as… Read More

How Businesses Can Manage Risks and Opportunities from “Natural Capital”

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Businesses can manage natural capital – the natural resources that fuel economic growth. Here are five key steps your business can take.

Will Stretch Goals Help or Hinder Your Firm?

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Download(s): Research Insight

Many companies are setting internal or public goals around sustainability — for example, reducing environmental impacts or increasing employee participation in corporate citizenship activities. Some… Read More

When CEO Lack of Foresight Hurts Firm Performance

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Increasing CEO myopia is affecting executives’ ability to create long-term value. Over the past 20 years, the average CEO tenure fell from eight years to… Read More


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