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For BASF, Sustainability Is a Catalyst

A focus on environment helped BASF to transform both its product lines and its culture.


The Sustainability Insurgency: Missives from the Frontlines, Part 1

Autodesk’s Emma Stewart says that social intelligence helps promote CSR and a culture of sustainability.


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?


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.

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

Looking Beyond Profits

Many companies say they need a purpose that transcends making money.  Here are ways managers are thinking about sustainability strategies and the question of how to make money while doing good things.


How Sprint Negotiates Sustainability

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


Bridging the Sustainability Gap

Measuring sustainability’s impact on revenue, productivity and risk would speak to mainstream investors.


Sustainability Dialects

In the fourth part of the series, Gregory Unruh describes how sustainability can be introduced into the business dialects of functional areas.



MIT SMR’s Annual Reports on Global Sustainability Activity


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.


Sustainability: The ‘Embracers’ Seize Advantage

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

Blog Posts, Videos, Articles and More

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The Benefits of Sustainability-Driven Innovation

Some managers in our 2012 global executive survey are seeing profits from their sustainability-related activities.


Video: Building A Sustainable Product Lifecycle

Wood Turner of Stonyfield Farm and Peter Graf of SAP talk about sustainable product lifecycles in this 48-minute video.


Why Making Money Is Not Enough

The authors, including the Tata Group’s former chairman, say companies need “a deeper purpose.”


Why Boards Need to Change

Sustainability programs will not make long-term progress unless boards change how they operate.