Leading Sustainable Organizations

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.

The 2017 Capstone Sustainability Global Executive Study and Report

Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

DAVID KIRON et al.

In the final report of our eight-year study of how corporations address sustainability, MIT SMR and The Boston Consulting Group examine the crossroads at which sustainability now finds itself. Despite sociopolitical upheaval that threatens to reverse key gains, our research has shown that companies can develop workable — and profitable — sustainability strategies to reduce their impact on the global environment by incorporating eight key lessons.

Sustainability Research Reports, 2013-2016

Investing For a Sustainable Future

Investing For a Sustainable Future

GREGORY UNRUH et al.

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

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

DAVID KIRON et al.

The 2014 Sustainability Report by MIT SMR, BCG and the United Nations Global Compact highlights new global collaborations.

Sustainability’s Next Frontier

Sustainability’s Next Frontier

DAVID KIRON et al.

The 2013 Sustainability Report by MIT SMR and BCG looks at companies that “walk the talk.”

The Innovation Bottom Line

The Innovation Bottom Line

DAVID KIRON et al.

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

Sustainability Research Reports, 2009-2012

Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

KNUT HAANAES et al.

The 2011 Sustainability Report by MIT SMR and BCG shows sustainability moving permanently onto agendas.

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

Sustainability: The 'Embracers' Seize Advantage

KNUT HAANAES et al.

The 2010 Sustainability Report by MIT SMR and BCG sees two camps of companies.

Capturing the Green Advantage

Capturing the Green Advantage

JOE MANGET et al.

A research paper from the Boston Consulting Group shows that lack of awareness and information about green product offerings — not higher prices — are what can keep customers away.

The Business of Sustainability

The Business of Sustainability

MAURICE BERNS et al.

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