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Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

The normal rules of business don’t stop when it comes to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Bain helps both private and public-sector companies embed those principles in the core of their strategy, operations and culture to make sustainability a source of ongoing and increasing value.

Sustainability efforts should be anchored in business fundamentals, demonstrate a clear return on investment, and be firmly embedded within your strategy and operations. We can help you address critical issues related to sustainability strategy, the environmental and social impact of operations, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability-related growth and cost opportunities. Our teams specialize in helping you:

  • Develop a sustainability strategy that addresses social, environmental and economic issues while focusing on the areas that are integral to your core business strategy and will achieve a positive material impact.
  • Seize opportunities to make operations more sustainable, particularly for companies in resource-intensive industries. Optimize the use of natural resources and make supply chains more efficient.
  • Pursue investment options that account for environmental, social and governance criteria. We help investors of all types, including private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, investment funds and family offices, factor sustainability issues into their decisions.
  • Organize for success in sustainability, by addressing change management challenges and other potential barriers to results. Only 2% of companies achieve their sustainability goals. We can help you join that elite club by working with you on operating models and governance, impact metrics and incentives, leadership alignment and support, and creating a strong case for change.

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Sustainability is an increasingly important topic for executives, employees, consumers and communities. In addressing sustainability challenges, we are guided by a number of core beliefs:

  • There is a strong business case for sustainability both in terms of risk mitigation but also in bringing about a competitive advantage.
  • Despite this, companies are making slow progress, with just 2% achieving or exceeding their own expectations and 81% settling for diluted results.
  • Most companies fall into two types of traps: unfocused, unambitious sustainability strategies separated from the core business; and corner-office passion disconnected from frontline realities.
  • Sustainability leaders distinctively set bold ambitions and identify the few areas where they can ‘spike’ and be brilliant to bring competitive advantage to the heart of their business while addressing their most material sustainability impacts.
  • Leaders drive change by making public commitments and helping employees confront trade-offs, real and perceived, in day-to-day business.
  • The journey can be transformational and leave a legacy, prompting companies to redefine "sustainable, profitable growth" and what it means to be a leader in their industry.

Our credibility in fostering sustainable change comes not only from our deep experience in the field but also from tackling many of the same issues in our own organization. We are committed to increasing our social and public sector involvement and making sustainability a firm-wide priority. We are proud to be certified CarbonNeutral® and to contribute in meaningful ways to effect lasting social change through our global Bain Social Impact program.

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