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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New Rules for ESG & Climate Compliance in an Era of Increased Regulation

Corporate decisions makers around the world are increasingly required to assess the risks they face in respect of the environment, social responsibilities, and governance (ESG) – as well as to gauge the opportunities. Through a simple three-step process, they can ensure that the ESG and climate compliance are embedded in the company’s daily activities.


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Climate and Environment

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.


The Green Tech Opportunity in Hydrogen

Hydrogen is on the verge of becoming instrumental in the fight against climate change—and providing a $200 billion revenue opportunity for machinery makers.


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

How EQT Puts Purpose Into Practice in Private Equity

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

Global Health


BCG Executive Perspectives: How to End the Global Pandemic in 2022

BCG Executive Perspectives offer insights on global topics that matter most to leaders in the public and private sectors. Our latest edition delves into the different ways the pandemic is affecting consumption habits and what this means for companies trying to keep up.


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

Rising to the Digital Challenge in Africa

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


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

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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.


A Recipe to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

Portuguese retailer Sonae piloted five initiatives that could ultimately slash the loss and waste of fruits and vegetables across its supply chain by 12,000 tons.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion



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


How Carbon Capture Networks Could Help Curb Climate Change


What Happens after We Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine?


Wie hellwache Investoren Unternehmen gezielt zu einem Kulturwandel bewegen können


How Motivation Can Fix Public Systems


Ein Netflix-Modell kann medizinische Behandlungen billiger machen


Wie ein marodes Bildungssystem verbessert werden kann – ohne zusätzliche Kosten

Endlich gibt es sie: Technologien zum Einsatz im Zusammenhang mit wirtschaftlichen Entwicklungen

Endlich gibt es sie: Technologien zum Einsatz im Zusammenhang mit wirtschaftlichen Entwicklungen

Canada’s Plan for Achieving Its Ambitious Climate Change Agenda

Canada’s Plan for Achieving Its Ambitious Climate Change Agenda

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Social Impact and Sustainability