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Maps help us make sense of our complex world. LCAs can do the same for your business. How to Make Complexity Work for You Ask three people how a life cycle assessment (LCA) works and you may end up with four different answers. Conceptually, LCA i...

Céline Zollinger
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Four-fifths of CEOs are experimenting with alternative business models or thinking of doing so.  Shared value is the idea that by addressing society’s needs and challenges, companies can create economic value in a way that also benefits society. S...

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Insights from the NBS Challenges Survey help to inform our understanding of top sustainability issues. How do business sustainability challenges vary across the world? With your help, NBS investigated this question. This spring, NBS released it...

Maya Fischhoff
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This report provides a synthesis of the top seven sustainability issues facing Canadian business in 2016.  This year's report, Business Challenges for Sustainability, marks a milestone. It is the report's 10th anniversary, and it will be NBS's la...

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For decades, a fashion powerhouse tried improving its supply chain. The more it did, the more it realized it could only be done collectively—as an industry. “When you have protesters in front of your shop windows, you react quickly.”  So observed...

Garima Sharma
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“What is a business model?” is a popular opener in business publications. NBS interviews Florian Lüdeke-Freund to learn more. A Discussion with Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Lead Researcher, Sustainable and Innovative Business Models In this interview, F...

Kristy Faccer
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Railways are part of the Canadian identity. Civic dialogue identified key issues for the Railway Association of Canada's new sustainability strategy. In 2014, NBS released its report on civic dialogue. The report described how businesses can suppo...

Maya Fischhoff
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To demystify the term "social economy," NBS interviewed managers at Insertech and TOHU based in Montreal, Quebec. "Social economy.” It’s a term we increasingly hear in media, business and certainly the academic sphere. Yet, its meaning is not alwa...

REDD
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TOHU sets the standard for sustainability in a cultural arena. The platform has helped Montreal ascend as the international capital for circus arts. A Discussion with Soraya Martinez, Director, Partnerships & Philanthropy, TOHU In the late 90s, Ci...

Pamela Carpio
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Insertech repairs and refurbishes IT equipment. It also employs and trains individuals who find it difficult to enter the job market. A Discussion with Agnès Beaulieu, Director General, Insertech Agnès Beaulieu, Agnès Beaulieu, Director General, ...

Pamela Carpio
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A Chilean retailer operates just like any other business. The difference is profits are devoted to social projects. Solidarity through Profit-Sharing Great minds think alike. Right? Though seemingly exclusive, business strategies and social init...

NBS
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With Lumni, investors participate in professional and academic advancement students. The goal is to reduce the student's risk while attracting investors. How to Invest in Future Generations with Lumni Burdened by unsustainable business models of t...

NBS
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Animaná connects those at the start of the value chain – artisans, weavers, small-scale farmers – to those at the end – designers, companies, consumers. Sustainability in Fashion at Animaná “Luxury is in each detail.” The words of Hubert de Give...

Kevin Hurren
Tara Hadler
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The rise of certified Latin American B Corps is noteworthy. Sistema B wants to help these southern B Corps achieve scale and impact. The B Corps of Sistema B The consequences of irresponsible industry – waste, inequality and pollution – can be ha...

Kevin Hurren
Tara Hadler
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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. Ask the average person what sustainability looks like. He or she will start to tell you about ...

Kevin Hurren
Tara Hadler
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With about 150 certified B Corps across six countries, the continent is the fastest growing B Corp region outside of North America. From B Corps to Empresas B Latin America has produced a fertile crop of B Corp enterprises. To explore the challen...

NBS
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There is much to learn from looking at relationships. Here's what one company found.   "Stakeholder engagement tends to be managed in companies in terms of 'how is reputation trending, what is the customer survey saying about delivering a service...

NBS
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Ten Chilean companies gathered in August 2014 to discuss, question, identify, and prioritize sustainability challenges.  Business Challenges in Latin America As Chile’s economy progresses, the need to address pressing sustainability issues become...

NBS
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This report signals a shift in our perception of the role sustainability plays in Canadian business. From Challenges to Opportunities Canadian businesses play a critical role in building resilient economies and communities. This report highlights ...

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This report identifies eight key challenges facing South African managers and opportunities for researchers to contribute implementable guidance. South African Sustainability Challenges & Opportunities 2014 This report identifies eight key challen...

NBS
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NBS’s Montréal office meets with the SME Council to discuss their sustainability priorities.  Sustainability Priorities in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises For the third consecutive year, NBS’s Montréal office met with the SME Council to discus...

REDD
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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. The Role of Government Policy in Renewable Energy Innovation The field of renewable energy m...

Emily Joldersma
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The magnitude of the food waste problem presents significant opportunities for business. Mapping Food Waste in Canada Twenty-seven billion dollars worth of food produced in Canada is lost along the value chain. The magnitude of this problem pres...

NBS
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Turn food waste into a multi-billion dollar opportunity. What is food waste? The answer is troubling. A recent study points out that there is no clear, commonly agreed upon definition of food waste in Canada. That means there is no objective or...

Tara Hadler
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NBS grew activities and impact substantially in 2013. We are pleased to share highlights of this growth in our 2013 Activity Report. New Beginnings  In 2013 NBS produced:  74 new articles, reports and guides that enable business leaders to make t...

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