Publications

  • Bain & Company achieves net zero carbon emissions for the sixth year in a row - Part of the firm's global commitment to fighting climate change

    June 09, 2017 | Social & Public Sector | Press release

    Bain & Company, the global business consulting firm, announced today its sixth annual certification as a 100 percent CarbonNeutral® company – an achievement few can claim, according to Natural Capital Partners, a world-leading provider of carbon emission reduction and renewable energy solutions.

  • How Leading Banks Manage Corporate Client Profitability

    June 05, 2017 | Forbes.com

    As interest rates rise, banks will need to realize the full potential of their relationships with corporate clients.

  • British Airways botches its response to its latest technical woes

    June 03, 2017 | Information Technology | The Economist | Media mention

    Frank Ford, a partner with Bain & Company, postulates that airlines could fix systematic IT crashes by simply performing tests on these systems more often. Firms in many industries, including airlines, typically fear that tests could disrupt business too much, and as a consequence skimp on them.

  • Utilities think digital to serve homes of future

    May 29, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, stresses that in the immediate future most utility companies will need - and will continue - to make money on basic energy supply. Until more homes move "off grid" with their own solar panels and batteries that can store excess electricity, energy

  • Jim Hackett has an impossible job to remake Ford

    May 24, 2017 | Firm Strategy | The Financial Times | Media mention

    Bain & Company has a model for what it calls the firm of the future — a company, like Ford, facing upheaval. It argues that the leaders like Jim Hackett must keep “engine one”, the traditional core business, operating smoothly. At the same time, they must free capital to invest in “engine two”, the

  • Fighting Sustainability Inertia

    May 18, 2017 | Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Keeping sustainability programs on track requires a new mindset, executive leadership and clear public commitments.

  • How Banks Can Turn Around Unprofitable Corporate Clients

    May 16, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Some banks have upgraded their IT systems to better track the profitability of each client, then focused on explicitly managing profitability at the onboarding, deal pricing and account relationship stages.

  • New Bank Strategies Require New Operating Models

    May 15, 2017 | Bain Brief

    It’s high time for banks to shake up creaky structures and ways of working—and time is running short for responding to incursions by nonbank technology firms.

  • Emmanuel Macron’s Win in France Buoys Small Businesses’ Hopes

    May 10, 2017 | The New York Times | Media mention

    A huge job for the new administration will be persuading the French people — and French businesses, investors and workers — to feel more optimistic about the future after a long malaise. “The best case is it takes some time, but he manages to implement at least half of what’s needed to stop

  • Culture clash: an unseen blight for mega-mergers

    May 07, 2017 | Organization | The Sunday Telegraph | Media mention

    Marc Berman, a partner with Bain & Company, said one of the most common mistakes firms make when they merge is to take "so long to resolve people issues that their best talent gets lured away or culture tensions fester" - something that could become an issue in this case if decisions aren't made