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.

Six Tips to Help SMEs with Ecodesign


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?


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

Top 10 Sustainability Research Findings


Want to start 2014 with a win? Make better business decisions immediately with our list of the 10 most popular research findings of the past year.

Regulation Can Change the Way You Innovate


Following oil spills like the Exxon Valdez, new environmental regulations drove the fastest changes in oil tanker design the industry had ever seen.

Baking Sustainability into their Business Model


Believing the environment was also a company responsibility, Stonemill Bakehouse president grew the company’s own ingredients locally to cut emissions.

The Power of “Good Enough”


Firms in developed economies should watch for systems-changing innovations happening elsewhere.

Finding the Smart Mobs Before They Find You


Differentiating products and lowering prices isn’t enough. Maintaining a competitive edge involves your firm’s ability to partner up and change status quo.

How to Drive Innovation


Download(s): How to Drive Innovation: Guide & Worksheets

Based on decades of top academic and industry research, this small business guide answers the question: How can companies innovate to become sustainable?

How to Design Sustainable Products


Use the following eight strategies to design products and services that are more environmentally and socially responsible.

Bringing Courtrooms Online for Speedier Justice


The Justice Video Network processes approximately 135,000 accused criminals per year, minimizing travel costs and GHG emissions.

Innovating for Sustainability Webinar


Dr. Richard Adams shares his sustainability-oriented innovation framework and Carol Patterson describes closed loop recycling at Tim Hortons.

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