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The Changing Business Climate Is Causing Product Die-Offs

Sustainability is an evolutionary force that will weed out the products unfit for a sustainable future.


Strategic Sustainability Uses of Life-Cycle Analysis

Companies from Apple to Unilever employ life-cycle assessment in their sustainability work and reap hidden benefits.


The Insurance Industry Wants a World That Is Sustainable and Insurable

A United Nations initiative is helping the insurance industry address environmental risks.


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 Collaboration and Culture

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.


Focus on Supply Chains

Organizations are bringing climate-conscious practices into the core of their business operations, including how the source and supply.


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?


Working Toward Totally Transparent Yogurt

As part of its sustainability strategy, organic yogurt company Stonyfield has made a mission of total transparency in its sourcing.



Global Trends: MIT SMR’s Annual Reports


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

How To Counter CSR Cynicism

Creating Effective Dialogue About Corporate Social Responsibility

September 1, 2015 | Laura Illia, Stefania Romenti, and Stelios Zyglidopoulos

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.