Sustainability

Sustainability remains a frequently discussed opportunity for business differentiation. Heralded as “the primary moral and economic imperative of the 21st century,” by Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, it is considered to be “one of the most important sources of both opportunities and risks for businesses.”

MIT SMR and The Boston Consulting Group recently completed an eight-year collaboration on the topic of sustainability. Over the course of the program, the partnership produced cutting-edge research on business adoption of sustainable practices and the integration of sustainability into business strategy. We developed detailed analyses of the business cases for sustainability, sustainability-related profitability, and issues around collaboration and investment.

The intersection of sustainability and another powerful market influence, digitalization, however, represents largely unexplored territory. Each has spawned a massive set of research about how it will change management practice, and more broadly, business and society. MIT SMR intends to build on its research on corporate sustainability and digitalization, and is currently looking for a partner to join our research effort.

New in Sustainability

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A Platform Greater Than Facebook

Upheavals in technology and politics are a wake-up call: It’s time to reconsider our priorities.

Winston Energy Column

Blockchain and the Clean, Smart Grid

A blockchain platform for the energy sector could accelerate the transition to renewables.

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Defining True Sustainability

Most companies have not yet come to terms with what it means to be truly sustainable.

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The Sustainable Supply Chain

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Can Technology Improve Sustainable Business Practices?

Digital Audits as a Tactical and Strategic Management Resource

New factory audit processes make it possible to evaluate supplier performance in more depth.

Using AI to Help the World Thrive

Microsoft has launched a $50 million initiative to figure out ways to help AI “save the world.”

The Convergence of Digitalization and Sustainability

Digitalization and sustainability are both powerful trends. What happens when they merge?

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Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Bridge to Breakthroughs

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

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Investing in Sustainability

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Sustainability Global Research Surveys, 2013–2017

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Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

MIT SMR and BCG’s final sustainability research report offers eight lessons for sustainable business.

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Investing For a Sustainable Future

The 2016 MIT Sloan Management Review/BCG Sustainability Report finds investors’ concerns are being overlooked by executives.

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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.”

Sustainability Global Research Surveys, 2009–2012

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The Business of Sustainability

The first annual Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG shows the effects of the 2009 global economic crisis.

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

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

Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

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

The Innovation Bottom Line

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