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Companies and investments will need to both deliver competitive financial returns and help society confront its biggest challenges—and in doing so enable sustainable business. To balance these imperatives, leaders should focus on sustainable business model innovation, leading under social polarization, climate & sustainability, future of mobility, future of cities, and innovation without borders.

Sustainable Business Model InnovationView All

Learn more about how companies can reconcile sustainability and sustainable competitive advantage.

BCG.COM | July 12, 2022

The Strategic Race to Sustainability

To get beyond the starting line, CEOs need to approach the challenges of sustainability from a strategic and value-creation perspective in terms of both the questions they ask and the answers they seek.

BCG.COM | May 20, 2022

Nudging Consumers Toward Sustainability

Companies that empower consumers and create a societal surplus can reward shareholders, build sustainability markets, and protect the planet. It’s a win-win-win.

BCG.COM | February 14, 2022

How to Build a High-Impact Sustainability Alliance

Corporate-led sustainability alliances can be a secret weapon in the drive to create system-level change. We discovered ten factors that separate high-impact CSAs from the rest.

BCG.COM | December 6, 2021

Solving the Puzzle of Sustainable Resource Scarcity

As more and more companies commit to adopting climate-conscious practices, the available supply of suitable resources and infrastructure is shrinking.

BCG.COM | October 29, 2021

Identifying Resource Scarcities in the Race to Sustainability

Sustainability commitments have skyrocketed in recent years, but there’s a growing problem. In certain sectors, the demand for sustainability-related resources will soon outstrip the supply.

BCG.COM | March 10, 2020

The Quest for Sustainable Business Model Innovation

How can companies reconcile the two S-words of business: sustainability and sustainable competitive advantage?

Social PolarizationView All

An increasingly polarized society presents new challenges for organizations and leaders to navigate—with significant implications. 

BCG Henderson Institute | January 3, 2023

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Corporate Entanglement

In the increasingly politicized environment, leaders face the choice of leaning into politics or having the courage of restraint by limiting engagement. We argue they should choose restraint, for the sake of business and society.

Harvard Business Review | October 18, 2022

Strategy in a Hyperpolitical World

The assumption that business and politics can and even should be kept separate is no longer realistic.

26 Minutes | May 18, 2021

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution with Jacqueline Novogratz

In her latest book, Novogratz explains that continued technological advancement and market solutions alone won’t solve the defining problems of our time, like inequality and climate change. She calls for a moral revolution to reimagine and reform technology, politics, and business.

BCG Henderson Institute | March 15, 2021

Growing Apart

Debates around social and political issues are increasingly unavoidable, especially as social media platforms allow people to make their views public. This has increased both the pressure on business leaders to weigh in, as well as the opportunity for them to do so.

20 Minutes | September 22, 2020

Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson

In her new book, Rebecca Henderson, professor at Harvard Business School, argues why and how we need to reimagine capitalism if we want to solve today’s big issues.

BCG Henderson Institute | January 15, 2018

The Case for Corporate Statesmanship

We can define corporate statesmanship as the action of a company, and in particular of its CEO, to intervene in public affairs to foster collective action in support of the common good beyond the scope of his or her enlightened self-interest.

Climate & SustainabilityView All

How can organizations become a positive force to battle some of the world’s most pressing issues—including the climate crisis?

BCG.COM | April 11, 2022

Will Electricity Be Free? Not When You Really Need It

As governments decarbonize their economies through renewable energy generation, volatility in electricity prices will surge. Players can use multiple levers to mitigate it—but they must act carefully to avoid damaging industrial competitiveness and increasing costs.

BCG Henderson Institute | January 31, 2022

Will Net-Zero Get Us to Net Zero Emissions?

Net-zero is rapidly becoming the gold standard for corporate action on climate change. But can it get us to net zero emissions for the planet? In a new article, we articulate 15 limitations of net-zero commitments and review how we can build on current momentum while evolving more powerful approaches.

27 Minutes | November 11, 2021

Net Positive with Paul Polman and Andrew Winston

This book outlines a framework to help leaders build "net positive companies" that profit by contributing more to the world than they use or take.

BCG Henderson Institute | October 17, 2021

Ecosystems for Ecosystems

Climate change is a collective action and innovation problem, which needs to be attacked at the level of systems of companies. Digital ecosystems can help make this a reality by coordinating complex collective behavior.

Future of MobilityView All

Mass transit and private cars have long-served different needs in the urban mobility landscape. But neither is working effectively in many cities.

BCG.COM | February 24, 2021

Putting Residents at the Heart of Urban Mobility Planning

A resident-centric city can find innovative solutions to perennial problems and improve quality of life for the people who live there.

BCG.COM | December 8, 2020

End the Reign of Single-Occupancy Vehicles for Greater Urban Access

How can cities discourage the use of SOVs while expanding access for all residents? Start with the BCG Accessibility Index, which helps guide strategy by mapping mobility patterns across and within cities.

BCG.COM | June 12, 2020

What Drives Drivers? How to Influence Mobility Behaviors

When choosing a way to travel from one location to another, people don’t always opt for the logical solution. In a new piece Joel Hazan, Benjamin Fassenot, Ammar A. Malik, PhD, and Joanna Moody, Ph.D. argue that public authorities and new #mobility providers need to understand how behavioral factors affect mobility decisions in order to nudge commuters toward greener and more sustainable mobility options.

BCG Henderson Institute | June 3, 2020

Urban Mobility Urgently Needs a Unified Coalition

Solving the current mobility paradox goes far beyond transportation system performance, and efficient mobility systems are key for the social and economic development of cities and its residents.

BCG.COM | November 7, 2019

On-Demand Transit Can Unlock Urban Mobility

These innovative services can benefit passengers and cities by improving access while reducing pollution and congestion.

BCG.COM | March 11, 2019

Seeking Perpetual Motion with Mobility as a Service

MaaS is more than just the next potential digital bonanza for B2C players. For cities, it’s a ticket to the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of improved access.

Future of CitiesView All

How can leaders build communities that both optimize the well-being of residents and make positive contributions to the planet? 

BCG Henderson Institute | November 3, 2022

How Cities Can Win The Competition For Talent — And Residents

The time to act is now: We predict that the pillars of the global economy will coalesce around nations and cities that deliberately guide policy toward attracting and retaining top talent.

Harvard Business Review | August 16, 2022

The Metaverse Will Enhance — Not Replace — Companies’ Physical Locations

The metaverse isn’t the end of cities. It should be seen as a complement to the physical world, and companies should develop their location strategies to maximize the potential of both the megacities and the new opportunities presented by the metaverse.

BCG.COM | May 31, 2022

An Ecosystem Approach for City Governance

Ecosystems are popular in business because they foster innovation, address complexity, scale quickly, and adapt to changing environments. They can do the same for cities.

BCG.COM | December 10, 2021

Vibrant Cities Are Built on Trust

Cities that forge trust with their residents are on the right track to a sustainable future. What does it take?

BCG.COM | February 24, 2021

Putting Residents at the Heart of Urban Mobility Planning

A resident-centric city can find innovative solutions to perennial problems and improve quality of life for the people who live there.

Innovation Without BordersView All

In today’s global business environment, organizations can make migration a source of innovation and growth.

World Economic Forum | November 16, 2022

5 Key Predictions for the Future of Talent Migration

As migration accelerates and work is decoupled from place, cities must recruit for the economy they want, not the economy they have.

BCG.COM | June 14, 2022

When Innovation Has No Borders, Culture Is Key

Many companies aspire to global diversity, but only a few achieve it. Here’s how leading organizations overcome cultural obstacles to build globally diverse teams.

BCG.COM | February 9, 2022

The CEO Agenda for an Era of Innovation Without Borders

There is now a window of opportunity to build bridges for skilled global talent that would ignite innovative growth. It’s not politicians but business leaders who hold the keys to make this happen.

Harvard Business Review | January 24, 2022

Building a Globally Diverse Team Is Actually Getting Easier

We suggest five tactics for leaders to build globally diverse teams that drive innovation.

BCG.COM | May 21, 2021

Innovation Without Borders – The Power of Human Migration in the 21st Century

People who cross borders create vast global networks that generate enormous opportunities, in terms of both economic value and human values. It’s time to explore this immense potential.