Sustainability

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Restoring Trust After a Scandal

After an ethics scandal, one company took an unusual step: Shifting its focus toward sustainability.

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Digital Audits as a Tactical and Strategic Management Resource

New factory audit processes make it possible to evaluate supplier performance in more depth.

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Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term thinking and strategy.

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Communicating With Stakeholders

Six Reasons Why Companies Should Start Sharing Their Long-Term Thinking With Investors

September 13, 2017 | Tim Youmans and Brian Tomlinson

Most CEOs have detailed long-term plans, which are often closely held secrets out of concern that competitive advantage may be undermined by detailed disclosure. Yet disclosing a long-term plan provides an opportunity to identify financially material sustainability issues and demonstrate how the company manages business-critical issues — information that’s valuable to investors.

Sustainability Global Research Surveys, 2013–2017

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Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

MIT SMR and BCG’s final sustainability research report offers eight lessons for sustainable business.

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Investing For a Sustainable Future

The 2016 MIT Sloan Management Review/BCG Sustainability Report finds investors’ concerns are being overlooked by executives.

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Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

The 2014 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review, BCG and the United Nations Global Compact highlights new global collaborations.

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Sustainability’s Next Frontier

The 2013 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG looks at companies that “walk the talk.”

Sustainability Global Research Surveys, 2009–2012

Image courtesy of Flickr user Charles Cook.

The Business of Sustainability

The first annual Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG shows the effects of the 2009 global economic crisis.

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

The 2010 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG sees two camps of companies.

Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

The 2011 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG shows sustainability moving permanently onto agendas.

The Innovation Bottom Line

The 2012 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group sees more companies reporting profits from sustainability practices.

Business and the Environment

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Business and Public Policy

When Some Leaders Fail, Others Must Rise

June 5, 2017 | Paul Michelman

Business needs to show leadership in sustainability as it never has before. As regulations and guidelines loosen, some organizations may give in to the temptation to let profit motives soften their own environmental policies. To do so would be shortsighted — and not only for the most obvious reasons.

The Sustainable Supply Chain

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Water’s low cost in many countries is not yet promoting responsible management within many companies.

A Three-Point Approach to Measuring Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply chain sustainability reporting depends on context, collaboration, and communication.

The Trouble with Supply Chains

Auditing the supply chain is the biggest obstacle to putting sustainability principles into practice. Will the influx of big data initiatives change that?

What’s Your Strategy for Supply Chain Disclosure?

Today’s supply chains are required to be lean, agile, sustainable, and — increasingly — transparent.