GOLDEN is developing knowledge and capacity necessary to accelerate the transformation of business to sustainable enterprise. That includes learning how to change the way individuals think and act; change the structures, strategies, processes and products of organizations; and change the systems that corporations are part of – markets, regulations and culture. This ambitious undertaking requires an unusual strategy: GOLDEN is an “experimental” and “engaged scholarship” initiative of a global network of academic researchers, working in partnership with business and other organizations.
GOLDEN is a research initiative with the following activities:
1. The Global Observatory
A global data-base describing the history of sustainability of companies across industries.
2. Case Histories
Data on companies’ pathways towards sustainability from various internal perspectives.
3. Multi-level Simulations
Computer models helping to understand systemic impacts of corporate strategies and policies.
4. Three synergistic Labs
- Decision Makers Lab: testing interventions on the individual level to develop mindsets, behavior and skills for sustainable management;
- Enterprise Lab: experimenting with sustainability-oriented organizational practices to find solutions for sustainability challenges of enterprises; and
- Ecosystems Labs: developing large system change initiatives to accelerate the establishment of structures needed for sustainable enterprise.
GOLDEN is a network of academics, businesses and civil society organizations cooperating closely in identifying, co-designing and co-executing experimental research in companies and ecosystems. GOLDEN has cooperation agreements with research centers, companies and other institutions. Currently GOLDEN establishes its own foundation in Italy.