Efficiency gains, nor technological advances, nor clever marketing are enough to drive production and consumption to sustainable levels. It will require reassessing and reinventing the way business is conducted in both the private and public sector. Enterprise refers to a complicated undertaking that requires boldness and energy; CLiGS is interested in understanding and advancing enterprise that contributes to sustainability outcomes in its environmental, social, and economic sense.
Many enterprises are engaging in strategic planning and change management to improve their performance on a variety of sustainability metrics important to internal and external stakeholders. CLiGS focuses on the principles of organizational development and the rapidly evolving theory and practice of sustainable enterprise planning and management, including strategies and tactics of change management, stakeholder analysis and engagement, indicators and monitoring, transparency and accountability, communication, and, most of all, the leadership necessary to generate direction, alignment, and commitment for enterprise-wide change.
- Partnership with World Business Council for Sustainable Development to adapt the Business Ecosystems Training for a US audience
- Partnership with Campbell’s Soup Company to help scale-up their Healthy Communities program
- Examination of the cross-sector partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Cargill to advance sustainable soy production in the Northern Amazon Basin
- Evaluation and recommendations for sustainable operations of the Linden Centre, a top-ranked boutique luxury hotel in China
- XMNR students worked in partnership with WWF to produce internal research on demand for sustainable palm oil in China and India
- Consultation with Virginia Environmental Endowment to help the organization develop its five-year strategic plan