NBS: How we work

How We Work

Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) helps organizations solve problems by co-creating knowledge and communicating what's ahead. 
We work with companies committed to action research and shared learning. Action research helps companies contribute to and apply new research through observations and interventions made by the research team. Shared learning enables companies to reach a higher level of performance than acting alone.  

NBS's Approach

NBS is committed to supporting organizations through turbulent times. We will do that by: 
  1. Focusing on systems issues and opportunities: We will use the network to source and describe systems issues on the horizon. We will work with groups of stakeholders to help address the most pressing of these issues and opportunities, and build capacity for organizations to take on their own systems-solving. (Learn what we mean by systems.) 
  2. Solving problems through co-creation and collaboration: Our collaborative processes and public-private model have helped to bridge the divide between research and practice to help organizations create shared value. By bringing together researchers and managers, we will continue to catalyze innovation at the intersection of these communities and help to mobilize systems change.
  3. Drawing on different types of knowledge: We will draw increasingly on real-time practitioner knowledge, including expertise from different sectors and functions. We will also rely on academics for their emergent ideas, not just their peer-reviewed research. 
Our collaborative research projects have provided insights on a range of sustainability topics. We’ve helped connect committed researchers and practitioners who are solving problems and making the world more resilient.

NBS in Action 

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A prime example of this work is the Innovation Project, which aims to help organizations innovate to create shared value. The project has been underwritten by a $2.5 million Canadian government grant to support working groups over seven years. The first group is a partnership between a consortium of oil sands producers and government entities. 

“This project demonstrates that through collaboration and knowledge we will be one step closer to reaching our climate change goals, a clean economy and a healthier environment for Canadians.” 

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

If you think your industry can innovate to generate new revenue streams, build capacity, and improve sustainability—let us know