Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2014
This report points to critical sustainability issues, providing signposts to best practices and knowledge, to enable long-term success of Canadian business.
Companies are operating in a global system that is increasingly complex. They can address this complexity in their operating environment by seeking to reduce it and by becoming more resilient.
"Doing the same things incrementally better over time is not a long-term strategy for sustainability leadership," says Valerie Chort
, Partner & National Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change Deloitte. "It is no longer sufficient for companies to simply do things better. They must also do things differently."
Managing such change is a constant theme throughout NBS's report, "Simplifying Complexity
." Each year, the Network for Business Sustainability convenes our Leadership Council
to discuss and debate the most critical issues limiting sustainable development: in organizations, value chains, the marketplace, government, and society.
The Leadership Council represents leading Canadian industry, government, and civil society organizations. In September 2013, the Council discussed and prioritized eight questions for NBS research over the coming year.
" highlights these critical sustainability issues facing business. It provides signposts to best practices and knowledge. This identification can support further introspection, dialogue, and action on these issues, enabling long-term success of Canadian business.
Links to online NBS knowledge resources throughout the report support readers who wish to dig deeper into these topics. Academic researchers can use this report to identify areas where industry most needs their help, and where they might have the most impact on practice.
In response to this report, NBS systematically reviewed research on the top challenge:
Sustainability's long-term orientation is challenging to embrace within companies where short-term deadlines, returns, and customer needs take high priority.Access the Systematic Review, "Bringing Long-Term Thinking into Business," and the accompanying Executive Report, "Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World: A Guide for Executives."