Sustainability

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Talking About Sustainability Can Drive Sales: Lessons From a Casino Giant

Caesars has found that telling customers about its green efforts leads to a boost in spending.

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Digitizing Products for Sustainability’s Sake

Digitization of physical products and production has become an emerging idea in sustainability.

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Driving Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Organizations can innovate to address environmental and social problems — but they need to build the right culture.

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Critical Questions Live: Is It Up to Business to Save the Planet?

In this video, Andrew Winston, sustainability expert and author, and MIT professor Yossi Sheffi, director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, debate the role of for-profit businesses in supporting — and investing in — sustainability goals. The session was moderated by Paul Michelman, editor in chief of MIT Sloan Management Review.

Social and Economic Responsibility

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Responsible Development

Supporting Sustainable Development Goals Is Easier Than You Might Think

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals challenge companies to do well while doing good.

Digital Audits as a Tactical and Strategic Management Resource

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

Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term thinking and strategy.

How Long-Term Investors Influence Corporate Behavior

BlackRock’s CEO Larry Fink tells the corporate community to “contribute to society” or risk losing his company’s support.

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Experts Weigh In On: Self-Regulation

Can Industry Self-Regulation Impact Climate Change?

Each month, the MIT SMR Strategy Forum poses a single question to our panel of experts in the fields of business, economics, and management. This month’s question asks our panel whether industry self-regulation can help mitigate climate change.

Risk Management and Reporting

Why Companies Should Report Financial Risks From Climate Change

Meeting the recommendations for disclosure put forth by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures might seem like a tough job. But if the oil & gas industry is any example, it’s not as difficult as some might imagine — and there are excellent reasons for corporate boards to consider it.

Six Reasons Why Companies Should Start Sharing Their Long-Term Thinking With Investors

Most CEOs have detailed long-term plans, which are often closely held secrets out of concern that competitive advantage may be undermined by detailed disclosure. Yet disclosing a long-term plan provides an opportunity to identify financially material sustainability issues and demonstrate how the company manages business-critical issues — information that’s valuable to investors.

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MIT SMR Global Research Reports

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Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

MIT SMR and BCG’s 2017 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 (2012 and earlier)

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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.