Sustainability

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The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch

Nine fast-moving megatrends are shaping where our world will be in 11 years.

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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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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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Are Digital Products Good for the Environment?

Digitizing Products for Sustainability’s Sake

January 10, 2019 | Gregory Unruh and David Kiron

Digitization opens opportunities for the world’s sustainability challenges, but it also transforms industries, holding out the possibility of dramatically improving their social and environmental performance. To capitalize on this development, an emerging area of opportunity is the digitization of physical products and production.

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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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.

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)

Image courtesy of Flickr user Charles Cook.

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.