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Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Strategic Priorities

The Centre for Building Sustainable Value focuses on three strategic priorities: sustainable finance, innovation and the circular economy. These priorities are necessary to transform systems in Canada and globally.

For businesses to contribute to sustainable development, financial markets and capital must motivate the innovation of products, services, and business models that create and distribute wealth equitably in a circular economy. Sustainable development will generate long-term prosperity by creating wealth and contributing to a resilient economy and society.

Sustainable Finance

Capital markets are an important catalyst for businesses to incorporate progressive environmental, social and governance criteria in decision-making. We investigate new ways to invest and manage capital, inclusive measures of ROI, and the implications of short- and long-term time horizons. This work is led by Dr. Diane-Laure Arjaliès.

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Circular Economy

The circular economy is an economic system designed to eliminate waste and pollution, prolong the use of products and materials, and regenerate natural systems. We are working to accelerate transformation towards a circular economy by providing insights into how circular systems can function and how current supply chains can be transformed. This work is led by Dr. Jury Gualandris.

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Sustainable Innovation

Innovation is the heart of effective organizations across industries and sectors. We investigate how organizations unlock new ways of creating financial and societal value through human-centred processes, systems thinking, and collaboration. This work is led by Dr. Tima Bansal.


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Corporate Strategies for Net-Zero

Hundreds of businesses are making commitments to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As we enter a decade of unprecedented transformation and disruption, the leaders will be the firms that take a strategic approach to net-zero – aligning ambitious emissions reductions with long-term business strategy, innovation and value creation. This work is led by Dr. Robert Klassen.

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