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Why Corporate Social Responsibility Isn’t a Piece of Cake

Responsible corporate behavior isn't simply “doing well by doing good.” Six structural changes need to be considered.

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Salary, Benefits, Bonus … and Being

It’s not enough to offer great pay and benefits anymore. Employees want their workplace to reflect and support who they are.

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Business Needs to Pay Off Its Climate Debt

Climate accords among nations will not be enough to address global climate change. It’s time for businesses to get involved.

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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:

Q&As With Sustainability Managers

In our continuing series, MIT Sloan Mangement Review talks with people on the front lines of integrating sustainability efforts into company practices.

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How Sprint Negotiates Sustainability

For Sprint’s Amy Hargroves, putting sustainability into practice means changing the business environment as well as business practices.

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MIT SMR’s Annual Reports on Global Sustainability Activity

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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.”

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The Innovation Bottom Line

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

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Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

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

On-Demand Webinar: Our 2014 Global Study

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.

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Is Hostility to Blame for Sustainability’s Leadership Gap?

Apple’s shareholders applaud CEO Tim Cook’s stand on climate change despite attacks from opponents. Will other executives follow suit?

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Combining Purpose With Profits

Several organizing principles can help companies sustain both profitability and a sense of purpose.

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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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Are Firms and Managers At Risk When Contributing to Climate Change?

At what point do corporate executives become personally liable for their companies’ failure to take action on climate change?