Our Latest Thinking on Social Impact and Sustainability

The role of business in society has evolved. Today, a positive societal impact must be a central component of corporate strategy rather than a byproduct of success. Companies are uniquely positioned to tackle global issues, and embracing that responsibility can bring powerful advantages. Explore BCG’s latest thought leadership on social impact and sustainability to learn how the growth of your business can benefit your community—and the world.

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Sustainability

Climate and Environment

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The Biodiversity Crisis Is a Business Crisis

Biodiversity is being destroyed around the globe—with dire implications for business and society. Here’s how companies can protect local ecosystems and build competitive advantage.

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Education as a Catalyst for Climate Progress

Education is a powerful means of spurring behavioral change and collective action, cultivating green skills, ensuring a just transition to a sustainable economy, and building communities' adaptive capacity.

BCG-WEF Project: The Net-Zero Challenge

BCG-WEF Project: The Net-Zero Challenge

The race to net-zero emissions will forever change the way many companies do business. The immediacy, pace, and extent of change are still widely underestimated. Early movers can seize significant advantage. This report shows how.

How We Can Curb Climate Change By Spending 2% More on Everything

Is the promise of a greener world closer than we think? BCG Partner & Associate Director Jens Burchardt maps out the costs and considerations of producing planet-friendly products, and explains why curbing climate change does not have to break the bank.

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BCG Center for Climate & Sustainability

We partner with businesses and governments to help them transform commitments into action and build a decarbonized, more sustainable world, driving technological and economic transformations to realize sustainable competitive advantage. We partner with clients across the public, private, and social sectors to align their strategy, operations, and stakeholder engagement with a low-carbon world. Our work is supported by BCG’s experience across all industries and capabilities and by our reach of brands.

Sustainable Investing and ESG

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From Compliance to Courage in ESG

Companies that view environmental, social, and governance initiatives as an exercise in compliance, rather than a source of competitive advantage, are leaving substantial value on the table.

How EQT Puts Purpose Into Practice in Private Equity

CEO Christian Sinding Discusses ESG’s Importance to His Company and the Industry.

Global Health

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Reimagining Global Health After the Coronavirus

What has worked, what can be improved, and what needs to be reimagined so that we are better prepared for the next pandemic and better able to improve health in the world’s poorest nations?

What Happens after We Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine?

BCG Managing Director & Partner Johanna Benesty looks at barriers to "equitable access"—making sure COVID-19 therapeutics are available to all—and shares a creative approach to vaccine research and development.

Economic Development

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Rising to the Digital Challenge in Africa

Africa’s digital maturity trails other regions, but its digital adoption is rapid. To maintain momentum, companies and governments need to coordinate to build scale, nurture talent and build innovation hubs.

Humanitarian Response

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BCG on Social Impact

Follow BCG on Social Impact on LinkedIn to explore how organizations are advancing the SDGs and how the growth of your business can benefit society.

Food Systems and Security

The Time Is Ripe for Food Tracing

The Time Is Ripe for Food Traceability

Food traceability is here to stay. The question is whether food companies, distributors, and retailers treat it as a regulatory burden or a strategic opportunity.

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The True Cost of Food

The environmental, economic, and social costs of food aren’t included in the price. Stakeholders must account for them to limit agriculture’s adverse effects and increase its positive impact.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Education

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Turning More Tassels

Postsecondary institutions are facing calls for accountability. Smart academic advising reforms can boost graduation rates—without breaking the bank.

TED Talks

A More Accurate Way to Calculate Emissions

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A More Accurate Way to Calculate Emissions

How to Reduce the Wealth Gap between Black and White Americans

How to Reduce the Wealth Gap between Black and White Americans

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How Carbon Capture Networks Could Help Curb Climate Change

BCG expert Johanna Benesty giving a TED talk

What Happens after We Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine?

BCG expert Vinay Shandal giving a TED talk

How Conscious Investors Can Turn up the Heat and Make Companies Change

BCG expert Abhishek Gopalka giving a TED talk

How Motivation Can Fix Public Systems

BCG expert Jean-Manuel Izaret giving a TED talk

A Netflix Model Can Make Medical Treatments More Affordable

BCG expert Seema Bansal giving a TED talk

How to Fix a Broken Education System—Without Any More Money

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Finally, Tech Solutions to Economic Development

Canada’s Plan for Achieving Its Ambitious Climate Change Agenda

Canada’s Plan for Achieving Its Ambitious Climate Change Agenda

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