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

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A Circular Future for Glass

Achieving a 50% recycling rate in the US by the end of the decade is ambitious but possible. Here’s how we can accomplish it.

Climate and Environment

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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.

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.

Reduce Carbon and Costs with the Power of AI

Artificial intelligence has the potential to reduce companies’ greenhouse gas emissions and cut costs by monitoring their carbon footprint and then reducing it through increased efficiency.

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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 Finance and Investing

How EQT Puts Purpose Into Practice in Private Equity

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

Climate Finance Markets and the Real Economy

Climate Finance Markets and the Real Economy

This report—jointly written with the Global Financial Markets Association—provides a roadmap for accelerating the evolution of climate finance and defines the roles participants can play in this transition.

Global Health

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

As the vaccine rollout continues across the United States, BCG is surveying individuals to learn what’s preventing or discouraging people from getting their shots and to uncover the insights that will help business and government chart a path to the postpandemic future.

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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

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.

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Measure Well-Being to Improve It

Governments need a dashboard—one that tracks not just economic growth but also citizens’ well-being and happiness levels—in order to understand how their performance stacks up.

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

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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.

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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

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

How Carbon Capture Networks Could Help Curb Climate Change

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How Carbon Capture Networks Could Help Curb Climate Change

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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What Happens after We Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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

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How Motivation Can Fix Public Systems

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A Netflix Model Can Make Medical Treatments More Affordable

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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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