Bain’s Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility practice integrates sustainability goals and approaches into the core of companies’ strategies, and designs environmentally and socially sustainable supply chains. We help companies differentiate themselves by proactively tackling sustainability challenges, and better address the needs of all stakeholders including suppliers, employees and communities. We help investors factor environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their investment process and products.
Here's a look at a few of our client impact stories.
Agriculture is both a cause and victim of many of our most pressing global issues, including climate change, water shortage and poverty. For Olam, a leading global agribusiness firm, sustainability is a top strategic priority. Olam designed, developed and launched a set of digital product offerings supported by Bain with increasing levels of information, verification and insight into the sustainability practices of the supply chain. Olam also provided customers with a cutting-edge digital dashboard to track Olam’s progress on water use, fair pricing and emissions across different commodities such as cocoa, coffee and nuts. The goal is to make transparent for corporate buyers the journey of each commodity from source through to the factory, and transform agricultural practices across Olam’s portfolio over time.
This retailer is expanding and enhancing sustainable sourcing of a number of key commodities. Its work to accelerate the sustainable sourcing of tuna has created a repeatable playbook that can now be applied to other commodities. The solutions generated tackle the root causes of sourcing issues in the industry and leverage the company’s influence to change the system as a whole.
Sovereign Wealth Fund
Investors increasingly factor environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their investing strategies. This is based on strong evidence that ESG performance correlates with financial returns and helps manage critical business risk, and because more and more of their own investors, as well as employees, expect a responsible investment approach. Bain helped one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds embed ESG into its investing strategy, first helping leadership set the ambition, then developing an approach that integrates material ESG considerations into each step of the investment process, and finally developing metrics to track progress over time. This will have large-scale impact across the investor’s many portfolio companies.
With proprietary data and expert analysis, our research and reports spur debate and new thinking about how sustainability leaders can achieve sustained, profitable growth.