New in Sustainability


Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Bridge to Breakthroughs

Businesses see the value of sustainability-oriented innovation but face barriers that make the transition difficult.


Finishing School for Social Intrapreneurs

The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program develops business leaders for a sustainable society.


What Companies Can Learn From Social Scalers

Small-scale social entrepreneurs lead the way in addressing social issues. Can companies follow their lead?


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:

Business & The Environment

Companies are engaging their corporate culture and partnering with other organizations at a deeper level. The goal: more sustainable business practices.


Why Sustainability Ratings Matter

Trustworthy, transparent ratings of companies’ sustainability performance are becoming increasingly important in the global economy.


Balancing Multiple Stakeholders

Shareholders are just one audience a company has to consider. Others include employees, customers, suppliers, and NGOs. That means boards of director must constantly weigh the significance of the corporation’s many audiences.



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.

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.

Blog Posts, Videos, Articles and More

Sustainability As Evolutionary Force?

The Changing Business Climate Is Causing Product Die-Offs

October 9, 2015 | Gregory Unruh

As sustainability becomes a driving force in the evolving marketplace, many products and technologies are unable to compete within the new parameters. The recent scandal involving Volkswagen’s falsifying of its diesel cars’ emissions is a case in point: If your business model can meet the ever-higher standards of sustainability only when customers reduce consumption of the product, it is by definition unsustainable. What does this mean for managers committed to products with questionable sustainability?