Sustainability

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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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Can Industry Self-Regulation Impact Climate Change?

The MIT SMR Strategy Forum examines whether industry self-regulation can mitigate climate change.

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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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Business and Climate Change

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

October 30, 2018 | Yossi Sheffi, Andrew Winston, and Paul Michelman

Climate change is the existential threat of our time, but the U.S. government is abdicating its responsibility to address it. So, should business be taking the lead? Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, and Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, take on the question.

Tracking Sustainability Performance

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Techno-Ethics

Every Leader’s Guide to the Ethics of AI

Until regulations catch up, AI-oriented companies must establish their own ethical frameworks.

Coming to Grips With Dangerous Algorithms

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With a new scrutiny around technology user data and privacy, we must not forget about the potential dangers of the technology itself.

With Great Platforms Comes Great Responsibility

How do we prevent bad actors from using social media platforms to manipulate the public?

Business, Technology, and Ethics: The Need for Better Conversations

We need a commitment to honestly talk about the challenges technology now poses.

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The Business Case for Sustainability

Explaining the Business Case for Sustainability Again … and Again … and Again

The question “What’s the business case for sustainability?” has come roaring back over the last couple of years. It’s led, in part, by more intense investor focus on the issue: Financial execs are having to become more fluent in sustainability as investors grill them about how their companies are handling climate risks around supply chains and shifting regulatory landscapes and markets.

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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Sustainability Global Research, 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, 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.