The actions of private companies play a critical role in sustainability transitions. Companies can both drive transformative change and maintain unsustainable systems. From an organizational perspective, transformative change often manifests in paradoxical tensions between economic, environmental, and social targets. To enable contributions to global societal challenges, companies need to develop and take advantage of new methods for dealing with tensions among interrelated and competing (sustainability) goals. Furthermore, policymakers need to understand companies’ decision-making processes and priorities to design effective interventions.
This initiative develops an understanding of companies as transformative actors. We are joined by representatives from from Buurtzorg Nederland, Neste, and Inrego aiming for environmental and social sustainability to hear about managerial dilemmas embedded in their practical realities. We invite the participants to discuss and develop solutions and approaches for resolving them. The session aims to build bridges between different perspectives (e.g., companies, policymakers, researchers) and provide practical advice for developing companies’ roles in systemic sustainability transformations.”