MIT Report: Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

13th January 2015

The importance of sustainability as a business issue has steadily grown over the past two decades. Most businesses understand that their sustained success depends upon the economic, social and ecological contexts in which they operate. But the stability of those contexts can no longer be taken for granted. The physical environment is becoming more unpredictable, a more interconnected global economy is altering social conditions, and technological innovation is transforming the nature of consumption and production

Given the implications of sustainability’s evolution within the corporate sector, MIT Sloan
Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) — focused this year’s
research on the critical role of sustainability collaborations that address systemic issues, and on the
role of the board of directors in guiding their companies’ sustainability efforts.

To better understand these two topics, they surveyed nearly 3,800 managers and interviewed sustainability leaders
from around the world.

In addition, this year they joined forces with the United Nations Global Compact, a long-time leader
on sustainability issues — and, more recently, on company boards of directors3 — in conducting
this research.

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