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Research Insight

If your sustainability strategy is weak, don't be surprised if your firm has to jump through hoops to secure funds. A strong strategy breaks down barriers. It's all about good relationships.  The degree to which sustainability stimulates value cre...

Lauren Turner
Topic Blog

Your organization’s approach to risk assessment is imperfect. But you already knew that... Any risk assessment or risk analysis begins by putting limits on, or “bounding” the topic – identifying what risks to include, which stakeholders to consid...

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News and Events

Learn how accountants can plan for and adapt to climate change. Update: June 17, 2015 This event occurs in the past. For further details on this event see the original registration page. Accountants play a critical role in helping business adap...

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Reports and Articles

To demystify the term "social economy," NBS interviewed managers at Insertech and TOHU based in Montreal, Quebec. "Social economy.” It’s a term we increasingly hear in media, business and certainly the academic sphere. Yet, its meaning is not alwa...

REDD
Research Insight

Research suggests that even when women get the opportunity to dictate their own pay—such as within their own social enterprises—they still settle for less.  Gender Gaps in Pay in the Social Enterprise Space When it comes to gender pay gaps, the in...

Kevin Hurren
Reports and Articles

TOHU sets the standard for sustainability in a cultural arena. The platform has helped Montreal ascend as the international capital for circus arts. A Discussion with Soraya Martinez, Director, Partnerships & Philanthropy, TOHU In the late 90s, Ci...

Pamela Carpio
Reports and Articles

Insertech repairs and refurbishes IT equipment. It also employs and trains individuals who find it difficult to enter the job market. A Discussion with Agnès Beaulieu, Director General, Insertech Agnès Beaulieu, Agnès Beaulieu, Director General, ...

Pamela Carpio
Reports and Articles

With about 150 certified B Corps across six countries, the continent is the fastest growing B Corp region outside of North America. From B Corps to Empresas B Latin America has produced a fertile crop of B Corp enterprises. To explore the challen...

NBS
Reports and Articles

Ten Chilean companies gathered in August 2014 to discuss, question, identify, and prioritize sustainability challenges.  Business Challenges in Latin America As Chile’s economy progresses, the need to address pressing sustainability issues become...

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Research Insight

How social activism can make stakeholders worry, and turn into real financial loss—to the tune of tens of millions. Testing the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Risk and Tangible Financial Loss A study by Vasi and King (2012) says soci...

Lauren Turner
Research Insight

Researchers look at how firms get involved with CSR, not just why. Making Commitments Compatible with Business Competencies Committing to sustainability isn’t always an easy decision. And even once you’ve committed, there are more decisions ahead....

Kevin Hurren
Research Insight

Research demonstrates that it can be more valuable to send infrequent, loaded reports to investors. A Frog-in-the-Pan Hypothesis on Marketplace Communication Investors, as a result of the stock market’s nature, need to react to information at a mo...

Kevin Hurren
Reports and Articles

Turn food waste into a multi-billion dollar opportunity. What is food waste? The answer is troubling. A recent study points out that there is no clear, commonly agreed upon definition of food waste in Canada. That means there is no objective or...

Tara Hadler
Article

NBS makes leading research on business sustainability publicly available to professionals. This online portal makes things even easier.  Developed with support from Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the Make the Case portal curates ca...

Tara Hadler
Research Insight

Businesses in the same value chain can reap great benefit by using a common strategy for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Businesses in the same value chain can reap great benefit by using a common strategy for corporate social responsibilit...

REDD
Research Insight

If your firm is struggling to justify its sustainable activities, you'd better keep at least one aspect in good standing: your behaviour. If your firm is struggling to justify its sustainable activities, you'd better keep at least one aspect in go...

Lauren Turner
Reports and Articles

This report points to critical sustainability issues, providing signposts to best practices and knowledge, to enable long-term success of Canadian business. How can businesses act for tomorrow today? Companies are operating in a global system that...

NBS
Research Insight

Implementing ISO 14001 is not only a response to pressure from external stakeholders, including government.  Environmental Management Systems Many firms use ISO’s 14000 standards to support various aspects of environmental management.  ISO 14001,...

Agnès Rossignol
Reports and Articles

Want to start 2014 with a win? Make better business decisions immediately with our list of the 10 most popular research findings of the past year. Highlights of 2013 Want to start 2014 with a win? Make better business decisions immediately with ou...

Tara Hadler
Research Insight

Ivey’s Caroline Flammer Sheds Light on the Link Between CSR and Financial Performance For decades research has suggested that corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves corporate financial performance (CFP). Dr. Caroline Flammer of Western Un...

Lauren Turner
Research Insight

Can corporate giving fix a damaged reputation?  This is a summary of the Top 3 research findings on the business benefits of corporate giving. 1. Recognize corporate giving does not excuse past social irresponsibility. In the same study, firms s...

Lauren Turner
Reports and Articles

Why report of CSR activities? This article summarizes key research findings on the business benefits of CSR reporting.  Why Should I Report on CSR Activities? Report CSR to boost stakeholder engagement. In a study of 180 firms, those that integrat...

NBS
Reports and Articles

Businesses can cut costs, motivate employees, enhance reputation and increase sales — while helping the environment, employees, and community. In this economy, every business needs an edge. A new guide called How to Make Money by Going Green iden...

NBS
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Companies in retail and financial services saw increases of $6 in sales for every $1 donated through corporate charity.  How Does My Company Benefit From Corporate Giving? 1. Consumer satisfaction is key to the success of corporate donations. A ...

Lauren Turner
Reports and Articles

Business leaders in South Africa identify a need for research on creating a shared vision for a sustainable future and social capital. Achieving Sustainable Development in South Africa A group of South African business leaders met in July 2013 to...

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