Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

Sustainability has become urgent. Social and environmental challenges are growing, timelines for addressing them are contracting and companies are scrambling to adapt. The best are embracing these challenges as a source of competitive advantage as whole industries, from transportation to energy to food and beverage, transform.
“Our work with some of the largest companies on today’s most pressing sustainability issues has allowed us to make a tremendous impact on their businesses and the world.”
Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Global Practice Leader, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Bain & Company

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.

Gerard Manley of Olam International describes a new tool that allows customers to track how products are sourced.


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.

S&CR Insights


Transforming business for a sustainable economy

Beyond best practice, what will be the “next practice” in sustainability, and what are leaders doing today that will give them a meaningful edge in this area? That’s the topic of this article based on research we continue to use to help our clients ensure their business strategies are informed by and reflect the critical importance of sustainability.
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Working with suppliers for sustainable food supply chains

This article draws on our experiences helping clients enhance the sustainability of their food supply chains. Encompassing several different food commodities and the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders, it illustrates that while there are many actions companies can take independently, collaboration both along the value chain and outside of it is key to achieving sustainability.
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Achieving breakthrough results in sustainability

Bain research shows only 12% of broad corporate transformation efforts achieve or exceed their aims; for sustainability efforts, the figure is even lower, just 4%. Almost half of sustainability programs fail. To better understand the obstacles sustainability efforts face and how leading companies overcome them, in 2015 Bain conducted a survey of more than 300 companies engaged in such transformations and interviewed the heads of sustainability at companies recognized for their results, including Nestlé, Novozymes and Coca-Cola. Our findings include four ways to beat the odds and deliver impressive sustainability gains.
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