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Knowledge Priorities

View all NBS reports on knowledge priorities for business sustainability.

Business Sustainability Priorities in 2016

  1. Public Policy & Climate Change (access previous research)

  2. Collaborating for Sustainability (access previous research)

  3. Respecting Aboriginal Rights

  4. Measuring & Reporting Sustainability

  5. Sustaining Sustainability Programs (learn about the Embedding Project)

  6. Educating Consumers (access previous research)

  7. Creating a Long-term Orientation (access previous research)

Previous Reports


Business Challenges for Sustainability

Top Challenge Statement: Canadian firms need to play a greater role in decarbonizing the economy and building resilience to climate impacts. To do so, they need consistent, flexible, and predictable policies that foster emission reductions without compromising firm competitiveness.



From Challenges to Opportunities


Simplifying Complexity


Changing the System


Canadian Business Sustainability Challenges


Canadian Business Sustainability Priorities


Knowledge Priorities


Knowledge Priorities

  • How do businesses incorporate adaptation to climate change into their business strategies? (See Executive Report)

  • Do consumers consider social or environmental attributes when making purchase decisions? (See Systematic Review, Executive Report)


Knowledge Priorities

Further Research Required

Due to resource limitations, NBS can address only up to three business sustainability challenges each year. We strongly encourage management researchers to undertake their own projects on the remaining issues. Please let us know about your work.

Contact Us

If you’re an academic:

If you are investigating one of the above research questions, NBS may be able to connect you with collaborators, company access, funding, or teaching resources.

If you’re a manager:

If you want additional evidence on sustainability issues, NBS can connect you with researchers in your area of interest.

Additional Resources


Thought Leaders

NBS Thought Leaders offer guidance on sustainable business models for the 21st century. Thought Leaders are leading academics and practitioners: world…

John Robinson


News and Events

Making a business sustainable is challenging. Just ask any sustainability manager. Or 14 of them. On September 25, 2012 our Leadership Council – comprised…



Research and Insight

What do a tire company, yogurt company, and luxury goods producer have in common? Five practices to reduce waste, improve reputation, and increase revenues.

Marie Demode

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