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February 3, 2012

Workplace conflict can have dire financial consequences as a result of loss in productivity. Discover how to empower employees again with team meetings.

Kristin Neudorf
Research Insight
January 23, 2012

Nike's response to a supply chain crisis repositioned it as a sustainability leader, and raised the bar for an entire industry. 

Bushra Tobah
Research Insight
January 13, 2012

Good CSR and a strong corporate moral compass can drive financial performance through better employee engagement and commitment to your firm.

Bushra Tobah
Research Insight
December 12, 2011

Managers and executives from all industries are now considering whether environmental certifications are right for their business given that many companies...

NBS
Research Insight
November 11, 2011

Many companies are setting internal or public goals around sustainability — for example, reducing environmental impacts or increasing employee participation...

Anthea Rowe
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

Customers increasingly want to deal with socially and environmentally conscious businesses. This presents opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners to develop new areas of competitive advantage. Capitalizing on sustainability opportunities can lead to longevity, but requires managers who can integrate a sustainable development framework into their company’s strategy.

Mark DesJardine
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

A key place to find new value is corporate social responsibility (CSR) — initiatives that drive economics as well as social or environmental agendas. But most of the research in this area has focused on large firms. How do small companies identify and leverage CSR opportunities?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

Some small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been climbing onboard the sustainability bandwagon due to increasing stakeholder pressures. In the case of U.S. wineries, concerns around endangered species preservation and agricultural chemical use contributed to the development of a voluntary sustainability code by the industry’s largest trade association, the Wine Institute.

NBS
Research Insight
October 17, 2011

Limited research has examined the strategies small firms use to reduce environmental impacts. It is often assumed these firms don’t have the resources to undertake voluntary, beyond-compliance initiatives. Can small firms truly go beyond the basics and form proactive environmental strategies?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
October 3, 2011

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...

NBS
Research Insight
October 3, 2011

CSR and profit are difficult to link. Firms are better off focusing on overall good management than striving for index listings and third-party ratings.

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
September 28, 2011

Supply chain managers are concerned with timeliness, cost, and quality. Increasingly, they must also respond to stakeholder expectations. 

NBS
Research Insight
September 27, 2011

Firms invested in EMSs can make the move to green supply chain management more easily, and with greater benefits. Learn how they do it, and how you can too.

NBS
Research Insight
September 12, 2011

A supplier network can pave the way to a reliable and profitable supply chain. Here are five keys to success.

Anthea Rowe
Research Insight
August 17, 2011

Managers should co-create CSR strategies with employees and encourage identification with the company.

Lauren Rakowski
Research Insight
August 15, 2011

Insiders — and not just those at the top of the organization — can instigate cultural changes without disrupting the current corporate culture.

Jennifer G. Irwin
Research Insight
August 2, 2011

When considering pricing strategies, what price premiums are consumers willing to pay for “green” products, and what types of products will they consider?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
July 25, 2011

Being added to – or removed from – a social index as a reflection of corporate behaviour can impact stakeholder relationships and your stock price.

Karin Schnarr
Research Insight
July 13, 2011

If your company employs many highly skilled workers, you may be expected to step up on work-life balance. 

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 24, 2011

Can a product’s sustainability—or lack thereof—influence how consumers view its other attributes? In which contexts can sustainability hurt sales?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 13, 2011

Numerous high-profile, profitable firms have engaged in illegal activities to improve their performance. In recent history, we can easily recall the...

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 13, 2011

When status is important, we may buy green products with inferior attributes—especially when they cost more.

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 13, 2011

Socially responsible investment (SRI) techniques use screens to include — or exclude — companies in portfolios based on social or environmental performance....

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 10, 2011

Product returns are more than a cost – they are an opportunity to grow the bottom line. Here's how business can build reverse supply chains.

NBS
Research Insight
June 10, 2011

Firms planning to engage in CSR activities to interest stakeholders must decide which activities to announce – and which to keep quiet.

Pam Laughland