The Business Case for Sustainability

Building evidence for financial ROI

Those of us who intuitively care about the idea of “sustainability” have no problem feeling good about it. It just feels like the right thing to do.

But at the end of the day, we need to convince hard nosed business practitioners that there is a benefit to investing time and money in sustainability initiatives. In the past few years more and more companies have begin taking sustainability seriously and are even benefiting financially from sustainable business practices.

The articles on this page outline some of the best examples.

This CEO Wants You to Use Data to Build a Better Workplace

What really makes a great place to work? That’s the question the Great Place to Work Institute has been researching for more than…

3p Weekend: These Execs Prove Sustainability is Big Business

While incoming U.S. President Donald Trump seems tied to the tired sentiment that sustainability kills business, some of the country's most successful corporate…

Is Trump the Tipping Point for Ethical Investing?

You may have voted against U.S. President Donald Trump, protested his policies, and ranted to your friends. Yet most of us are financing…

A 100% Clean Energy Revolution: Town-by-Town, City-by-City and State-by-State

Local efforts are now poised to drive the country to a 21st-century energy infrastructure, with or without the federal government.

From An Unbalanced Economy to a Human Economy

The incessant pursuit of more in the GDP-rich world is endangering the ability of people around the world to increase their living standards,…

How Conservatives Could Save the Environment and Grow the Economy

If Donald Trump and his team were to tackle climate change, he could genuinely help the people who voted for him. But are…

3p Weekend: 13 Sustainability Newsletters Worth Your Time

The early days of the Donald Trump administration were certainly not boring. But amidst the cries that the sky is falling, the discerning…

The Changing Climate of CSR in 2017

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is beginning to change along with today's volatile political climate -- and it may soon affect all aspects of…

Responsible Business Models Unlock Market Worth US$12 Trillion

A recent report offers a compelling business case for sustainability by mapping a US$12 trillion economic prize for businesses with responsible models.

How Social Consciousness Can Drive Financial Success

Doing good and generating attractive returns don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Combining social justice with financial return can have many far-reaching implications.…

Policy Points: 5 Steps to Make Government Encourage Business as Force for Good

The incoming administration is looking to be "business-friendly." But what about the needs of socially responsible businesses? If you strive to run your…

Motivating Employees in the New Year: Three Tips to Increase Participation in Sustainability Programs

The new year presents a great opportunity to hit refresh on your company’s sustainability goals and allows employees to re-prioritize their sustainability habits.…

Four Economic Reforms that Can Save the Environment

We shouldn’t rate ourselves by GDP growth, but by sustainable increases in human wellbeing. Four relatively simple reforms will transform how our economies…

Is This the End of the Charity Gala?

As millennials flood the workplace seeking more hands-on engagement with community organizations, the traditional charity gala is quickly becoming a relic of "old…

Let’s Quit Obsessing Over the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability

Are we taking the right approach when we focus solely on the business case for sustainability? Should we inject a bit more balance…