Public concern about issues such as climate change and the impact of business on society has never been more intense than it is today. Accordingly, sustainability has now risen to the very top of the corporate agenda. Topics such as carbon management, energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility and public safety are no longer just the concern of functional specialists.

Businesses today need to integrate sustainability fully into their strategies - not only to minimise potential losses but also to exploit new business opportunities arising from the sustainability agenda. These may include new products and services to meet developing sustainability needs, new technologies and/or supply chains to improve sustainability performance, or new business models to access and develop emerging markets and support the creation of sustainable communities.

How we can help

Arthur D. Little has helped over 150 organisations over the past 20 years to respond to the sustainability agenda, embedding sustainability into the way they do business and helping companies develop fit for purpose responses to the sustainability agenda. Arthur D. Little can help companies integrate sustainability into their business strategies. Arthur D. Little offers a comprehensive approach to sustainability that delivers real business benefits in short and long term – our approach is rooted in strategy, technology and innovation. We do this in three particular ways:

  • Reducing the eco-footprint resulting in lower costs and risk exposure, and an improved company image by developing strategic sustainability objectives and identifying concrete, innovative, economically viable ways to reduce the eco-footprint of businesses.
  • Identifying and developing new products and services and customer segments by reacting to sustainability trends: innovating the right solutions and developing the right products for the right markets
  • Repositioning the company towards more durable and sustainable
    business segments, including corresponding marketing and procurement strategies and comprehensive change management

Arthur D. Little has a dedicated global carbon advisory service focusing on helping companies make business sense of complex carbon issues.

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Viewpoints23 September 2009

Ensuring Survival

Business Models in a Low-Carbon World

Much to everybody’s surprise, the low-carbon bandwagon survived even a global downturn - it remains a real issue in the eyes of politicians and the public alike. We have not seen the end of risky financial decisions, but we have reached [...]

Viewpoints10 September 2009

Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy

Balancing Integrity and Innovation

Public policy is increasingly influencing the corporate sustainability agenda, as is the need for companies to engage in its development. This is by no means a simple task. In this Viewpoint we identify key steps in the policy development [...]

Viewpoints21 November 2008

The Water Margin

How Strategic Management of Water can Grow Business Value

With two-thirds of the world to experience water shortages by 2025, this report warns companies that it is imperative to assess their water footprint and develop a proactive response to water management or risk damaging their business [...]

Viewpoints24 June 2008

Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to [...]

Press Releases12 January 2011

Arthur D. Little demystifies sustainability for the board in latest publication

While ‘sustainability’ has become a corporate watchword in the 21st century, many companies remain unclear about what are the most appropriate practical actions to take for business...  In The Board’s Sustainability Handbook, [...]

Press Releases23 September 2009

Arthur D. Little: Climate change creating competitive opportunities now

A new report by Arthur D. Little urges businesses across all sectors to consider the cost of carbon when planning for long-term growth, or risk losing out to sustainability-savvy competitors and new emerging market players.  In [...]