Tuesday, 24 January 2012

MIT Sloan Management Review

MIT Sloan Management Review


Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 02:29 PM PST

Get MIT SMR‘s free monthly newsletter on Sustainability & Innovation This year, most survey respondents say sustainability is on their companies' management agendas to stay. What's more, a substantial portion of respondents say their companies are profiting from sustainability activities. READ THE REPORT   Introduction The Sustainability Movement Nears a Tipping Point Most Managers Believe [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] About the Research

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 01:24 PM PST

« Conclusion | Report Home | Acknowledgments » DOWNLOAD JUST SURVEY QUESTIONS & RESPONSES >> For the third year, MIT Sloan Management Review, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, conducted a global survey, to which more than 4,000 executives and managers responded. The analysis in this report is based on a smaller subsample of [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Section II: Ahead of the Game: The Leaders in Sustainability

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 01:20 PM PST

« Previous Section | Report Home | Next Section » We asked respondents to identify regions that are leaders of corporate sustainability. Their answers were revealing. On one hand, a clear majority pointed to Europe. Yet our data indicates that companies increasing their sustainability commitments the most are located in emerging economies. Respondents from countries [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Acknowledgments

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 11:21 AM PST

« About the Research | Report Home Authors Knut Haanaes is a partner and managing director in the Geneva office of the Boston Consulting Group, as well as the head of BCG's global sustainability practice. He can be contacted at Haanaes.knut@bcg.com. Martin Reeves is a senior partner and managing director in the New York office [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Conclusion: Looking Ahead

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 01:14 PM PST

« Previous Section | Report Home | About the Research » In studying the responses to this year's survey, we have found new and strong evidence that companies are making striking commitments to sustainable business practices — investing both time and money in strategies that address competitive landscapes increasingly shaped by climate change, resource scarcity, [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Section III: A New Cohort: Harvesters Come into Focus

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 01:03 PM PST

« Previous Section | Report Home | Next Section » Harvesters — those who said that their sustainability-related actions and decisions added to their profits — represent 31% of total respondents to our survey, and exist in every industry covered in our survey. A typical Harvester organization looks different than a typical non-Harvester organization on [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Section IV: Lessons from the Harvesters

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 01:02 PM PST

« Previous Section | Report Home | Conclusion » Implementing successful sustainability agendas often demands significant organizational change. Many Harvesters have significantly altered their organizational structures, business models and operations. Organizational Structure We find that most Harvesters are not embedding sustainability-oriented resources into pre-existing organizational structures. They are instead adopting new structures, instituting new lines [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Introduction

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 11:51 AM PST

Report Home | Next Section » For the third consecutive year, MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group have conducted a survey of managers and executives from companies around the world, asking how they are developing and implementing sustainable business practices. This research report discusses our findings and offers lessons to managers who [...]

[Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point] Section I: Sustainability Is Firmly on Managers’ Agendas

Posted: 19 Jan 2012 11:51 AM PST

« Introduction | Report Home | Next Section » Given the current economic outlook, one might expect most companies to be scaling back on their sustainability investments. We find the opposite to be true. Some 70% of companies that have put sustainability on their management agendas have done so in the past six years, 20% [...]

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