Top 5 Insights from CSR Leaders in 2013

Top 5 Insights from CSR Leaders in 2013

NBS presents the most popular Thought Leader posts from 2013. 
Maya Fischhoff February 3, 2014
In NBS's Thought Leader Forum, world experts on sustainability issues offer guidance on sustainable business models for the 21st century. 

Highlights from 2013

Here are 2013’s most popular Thought Leader posts: 

1. Real Collaboration Takes More than Meetings and PowerPoints

“The good news is that people everywhere now talk about collaborating to address systemic problems,” writes Peter Senge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).The bad news is that not everyone collaborates effectively.” Senge identifies the conditions that turn differences into an asset. (For more on collaboration, see NBS’s recent report, Sustainability through Partnerships.) 

2. Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan

John Sterman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) describes how the world operates as a system — and how businesses can use that knowledge to respond effectively to challenges. His recommendations include: acknowledge constraints, move beyond technical solutions, confront our values, and recognize that we can make a difference.

3. 2015 Will Bring “Sweeping Changes” to Capital Markets

“The future will be different," writes Bob Willard. Three new initiatives (a ratings standard, reporting framework, and guidance) will lead markets to consider companies’ sustainability performance. Willard describes how companies can become “future-proof.” 

4. "Greening Is Not Enough”: 4 Steps to Corporate Leadership on Climate Change

“While it seems ‘sustainable business’ has blossomed, the environment reminds us that we’re failing to address the key sustainability issue — climate change — at anywhere near sufficient scale,” write Michael Toffel (Harvard Business School) and Auden Schendler (Aspen Skiing Company). Operational improvements are insufficient, they say; companies must spur government action.

5. Fire Ants, Kinkajous and Pipelines: How Business Can Partner for Biodiversity

Biologist Francisco Dallmeier (Smithsonian Institution) has worked extensively with energy companies on biodiversity projects. Such partnerships reduce risk and contribute to science. Dallmeier describes partnership best practices —and how a tree canopy bridge in the Amazon allowed kinkajous to cross a pipeline.

Related Resources

Thought Leaders

Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, describes why collaboration is essential for our most important issues and how to do it effectively.

Peter Senge
Executive Report

Sustainability is a global problem with no single solution. Collaborative partnerships may be the key to tackling sustainability challenges going forward.

Thought Leaders

Dr. John Sterman, a world leader in the field of system dynamics, identifies how businesses can incorporate systems thinking.

John Sterman
Thought Leaders

Bob Willard describes three initiatives that will make sustainability a core consideration for the capital markets. 

Bob Willard
Thought Leaders

Michael Toffel and Auden Schendler urge companies to address climate change through political action as well as operational improvements.

Michael Toffel
Auden Schendler
Thought Leaders

With “mega-infrastructure” projects environmental harm can seem inevitable. Dr. Francisco Dallmeier describes how to study and protect biodiversity.

Francisco Dallmeier