Sustainability

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The Pros and Cons of ‘Growth’

Our economy cannot use resources at the pace it has if we want to keep the planet livable.

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The Environmental Benefits of Digital Design

Smart companies can take advantage of digital platforms to see financial and sustainability gains.

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Building Effective Corporate Engagement on LGBTQ Rights

Companies that advocate for rights issues can improve performance and impact public opinion.

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Finding Middle Ground

A Manifesto for the Middle

November 19, 2019 | R. Edward Freeman and Joseph Burton

The left-right political divide is strangling democracies. In many countries, the left has moved even further to the left and demonized the institution of business, while the right has moved further to the right and embraced a narrow view of business. We need a manifesto to create a middle — both a political and an economic one.

Digital Sustainability

Digitizing Products for Sustainability’s Sake

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.

AI Can Help Us Live More Deliberately

AI spares us from many mundane, time-consuming, nerve-wracking annoyances. The problem is, such annoyances play a key adaptive function by helping us learn to adjust our conduct in relation to the world around us. But AI designers can tackle that problem through system enhancements. By incorporating cognitive speed bumps, they can prompt users to engage in reflective thought rather than “outsourcing” cognitive, emotional, and ethical labor to software.

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Business and Climate Change

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Have the Conversation

Can We End the Crisis of Agency?

In the face of feeling powerless, doing small things can make a huge difference.

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

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

Yes, I’m Feeling Bad About Climate Change. Let’s Discuss.

How do we talk about the state of our planet when the news is so scary?

Your Organization Is a Network of Conversations

Leaders should realize that companies are fundamentally linguistic entities.

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.