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Sustainability Through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives
[December 03, 2013]

Sustainability Through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives


(3BL Media Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SOURCE: Network for Business Sustainability DESCRIPTION:LONDON, ON, December 3, 2013 /3BL Media/ – In January­­, leading Canadian businesses came to a pivotal point: the harvest of low-hanging fruits from sustainability initiatives was over. Partnerships would be increasingly critical to innovation, growth and sustainability. Despite the prominence of partnerships, the specifics on what drives an effective partnership are blurry.



New research released by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), a research platform out of the Ivey Business School, provides clarity. The latest Executive Report “Sustainability through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives” provides explicit guidance on how to select the right partner, how to manage the partnership process, and includes a toolkit complete with a partnership checklist and case studies.

Led by Dr. Barbara Gray of Pennsylvania State University, the research is a direct response to the Top 10 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2013 identified by the NBS Leadership Council – a group of 18 organizations representing major sectors in the Canadian economy and recognized for leadership in sustainability.


Effective collaboration is critical – and the research makes this message clear. “It is through collaboration often involving the oddest bedfellows, that we vest this generation’s hope for addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and environmental insecurity,” says Simon Zadek of the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD). Zadek represents IISD on NBS’s Leadership Council.

In addition to the ready-to-use tools, the research helps classify and navigate different types of partnerships to help partners elicit the greatest mutual benefit. The focus on multi-sector partnerships also ensures applicability for any type of partnership.

The full analysis is available online, with more information on every aspect of partnerships.

Links: Sustainability through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives (22 pages) Sustainability through Partnerships: Capitalizing on Collaboration (110 pages)   For more information, please contact Tara Hadler, Project Coordinator, NBS at 519-661-2111 x88107 or thadler@nbs.net.

  About the Network for Business SustainabilityThe Network for Business Sustainability is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that connects thousands of researchers and business leaders worldwide, with the goal of creating new, sustainable business models for the 21st century. NBS receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, École des Sciences de la Gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal and industry partners.

NBS Leadership Council Members 3M, BC Hydro, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Environment Canada, Home Depot of Canada Inc., Holcim (Canada) Inc., Industry Canada, International Institute of Sustainable Development, LoyaltyOne, Inc., Pembina Institute, Suncor Energy Inc., Target (Canada), TD Bank Group, Teck Resources Limited, Tembec Inc., Tim Hortons Inc., Unilever Canada Inc., Westport Innovations Inc.

Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania State University encompasses 24 campuses, 17,000 faculty and staff, 100,000 students, a teaching hospital that provides care to more than a million patients a year, the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet and an online World Campus that empowers anyone to pursue an education.

For further information, please visit www.psu.edu.

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