How can innovation drive sustainability within companies?

Innovation is a key driver of competitiveness. It helps firms develop new products and processes while improving environmental and social impacts. NBS's new report provides a framework and best practices to help companies' “sustainability-oriented innovation” (SOI).

The report reveals how sustainability innovation is different from conventional innovation, identifies the stages of innovation companies move through on their journey toward sustainability, and pinpoints the specific practices that will enhance firms’ sustainability performance.

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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.

The Theory of Creativity

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Research suggests political correctness positively affects workplace creativity by sharpening an individual’s contribution to a group.

The Challenge of Change

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Using the example of 3M and its implementation of Sigma Six policies, researchers investigate how corporate culture can ultimately be reshaped.

How Insertech Sets High Standards for Social Enterprises

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Even motivated individuals can find themselves down on their luck. Perhaps they immigrated to a new community in which their skillset doesn’t match the labour… Read More

Pay It Forward

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Burdened by unsustainable business models of the past, future leaders and entrepreneurs will need to re-invent what it means to succeed. That can’t happen, however,… Read More

Good is the New Black

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“Luxury is in each detail.” The words of Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer and founder of the House of Givenchy, ring true. In fashion, details… Read More

Big Picture B Corps

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The consequences of irresponsible industry – waste, inequality and pollution – can be harsh realities, but they are not unique to a specific region or… Read More

B Corps: To “B” or not to “B”

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The B Lab is more than a certifying body. It is a platform for companies (B Corps) to contribute to – not just profit from – community and environment.

Pathways to Change

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This report identifies eight key challenges facing South African managers and opportunities for researchers to contribute implementable guidance.

Understanding Why a Technology Triumphs

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

Six Tips to Help SMEs with Ecodesign

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In small businesses, size and flat hierarchies make ecodesign changes easier to implement.

Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2014

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This report points to critical sustainability issues, providing signposts to best practices and knowledge, to enable long-term success of Canadian business.

Why Hire a Sustainability Graduate?

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


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