New in Sustainability


Why Boards Must Look Beyond Shareholders

Shareholder primacy is an ideology, not law, and boards have the option to consider other audiences.


The Killer App for 3D Printing? The Circular Economy

3D printing presents an opportunity to fundamentally alter how we use and recycle raw materials.


Environmental and Human Rights Assume a New Urgency for Boards

Global economic leaders have made it clear: Companies cannot neglect environmental and human rights responsibilities.


The Sustainability Initiative

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This Big Idea Initiative is supported by Knowledge Partner The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), with whom MIT Sloan Management Review is collaborating on the development of research materials connected with Sustainability and management innovation.

This Sustainability Big Idea Initiative supplements the collaborative research content with a range of relevant, independently produced editorial, including MIT SMR original articles, interactive data, blogs, videos and case studies.

The 2014 research report by MIT Sloan Management Review, the UN Global Compact and The Boston Consulting Group, "Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership For Sustainability," draws from a 2014 survey of more than 3,795 executive and manager respondents from 113 countries. The report is based on a subsample of 2,587 respondents from commercial enterprises.

Following are links to research that BCG has developed separate from this collaboration:

Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Our blog post series on Sustainability-Oriented Innovation (SOI) builds on the published work "Accelerating the Theory and Practice of Sustainability-Oriented Innovation" by Jason Jay and Marine Gerard.



Global Reports from MIT SMR


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.


Sustainability’s Next Frontier

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


The Innovation Bottom Line

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


Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

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

Global Sustainability Metrics

Why Sustainability Ratings Matter

August 7, 2015 | Allen L. White

The convergence of communications technology, big data and globalized markets make ratings based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance indispensable for B2B and B2C exchanges. Credible, transparent and timely ratings are a powerful enhancement in a fast-moving global economy. As ESG issues are recognized as material to investment decision making, the need for trusted, transparent ESG ratings will intensify.

Blog Posts, Videos, Articles and More

Watch On-Demand: Webinar on Report Highlights

How Collaboration Advances Your Sustainability Efforts

February 16, 2015 | Knut Haanaes (BCG) and David Kiron (MIT Sloan Management Review)

In a webinar recorded in January 2015, the speakers present findings from the recent global study they co-authored, "Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability." The study, by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group and the United Nations Global Compact, shows that a growing number of companies are turning to collaborations — with suppliers, NGOs, industry alliances, governments and even competitors — to become more sustainable. The research found that companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.

Sustainability in the C-Suite

Creating Effective Dialogue About Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility initiatives run the risk of being seen as insincere. However, there are ways that companies can thoughtfully — and effectively — engage with the public about social issues. The authors make four suggestions for companies that are hoping to engage in a credible CSR dialogue with stakeholders. They include cultivating a balance between controlling and cocreating the dialogue, and creating platforms that invite stakeholders to influence the implementation of CSR initiatives.

What Does a Corporate Responsibility Manager Do?

Alberto Andreu Pinillos is a pioneer in business sustainability. Asked what a CSR director does, Andreu gave a three-part answer: A CSR director sees the future, nurtures sustainability projects, and makes the post of CSR director obsolete.