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Sustainability

  • Balancing Green

    An expert on business strategy offers a pragmatic take on how businesses of all sizes balance the competing demands of profitability and employment with sustainability.

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  • Business Needs a Safety Net

    Government’s long-ignored role in creating and sustaining market conditions needs to take center stage as climate events become both more common and more destructive.

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  • Focusing on What 90% of Businesses Do Now Is a Big Mistake

    It’s not smart to base any part of your strategy on what you see in the rear-view mirror — and that’s particularly true when you develop strategies for navigating modern, thorny environmental and social challenges. The norms and expectations about how companies manage sustainability issues are shifting fast: Just six years ago, only 20% of the S&P 500 companies produced sustainability reports, while by 2016, 82% did. Change is coming to business — and executives need to adjust.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Beyond the Triple Bottom Line

    Many recent books make the case for businesses to become more sustainable, but few explain the specifics. In this book, Francisco Szekely and Zahir Dossa offer a pragmatic new business model for sustainability that extends beyond the traditional framework of the triple bottom line, describing eight steps that range from exploring a vision and establishing a strategy to implementing the strategy and promoting innovation.

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  • Corporate Sustainability at a Crossroads

    In the final report of our 8-year study of how corporations address sustainability, MIT Sloan Management Review 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 8 key lessons.

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  • Sustainability Lessons From the Front Lines

    Companies seeking to implement a sustainable business model should address six key problems.

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  • Tackling the World's Challenges With Technology

    The power and responsibility of companies to help build a thriving, resilient world has never been greater.

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  • Ethics and the Algorithm

    Behind every piece of code that drives our decisions is a human making human judgments about what matters and what does not.

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