A sustainable organisation must balance its economic needs with social and environmental priorities. The Balanced Enterprise Research Network seeks to generate new insights into the ways in which businesses can better balance economic, social and environmental concerns and create shared value for a broad range of stakeholders (including shareholders, employees, consumers, communities and society). Our network explores how business, government, and not-for-profit enterprises strategically create and manage this balance in their day-to-day operations. As one of the research priority areas of the University of Sydney Business School, we aim to foster the creation of innovative and influential research which informs the ways in which organizations can anticipate and respond to the key challenges of the coming decades including environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, social inclusion, and financial stability.


  • Society unconvinced by claims of Corporate Social Responsibility 13 Feb 2014

    While most major firms claim a commitment to CSR, few have convinced the public that they are making a positive contribution to society, according to the Hewlett Packard Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of York's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Professor Dirk Matten. Read more

  • Winners and losers, if and when the axe falls on the carbon tax 09 Oct 2013


    Professor Christopher Wright is interviewed about the potential outcomes of changes to the carbon tax legislation.

  • Archer Daniels Midland, GrainCorp and the liability firewall 19 Nov 2013

    The Conversation

    Max Baker discusses the government's pending decision to allow the sale of our largest publicly listed agribusinesses, GrainCorp, to giant American company Archer Daniels Midland.

  • Climate change research targeted in era of political denial 18 Nov 2013

    Renew Economy

    That the social debate around climate change is a 'culture war' should come as no surprise to anyone observing current political debate in Australia, the US, UK and Canada.

  • What does direct action on climate change really look like? 30 Oct 2013

    Renew Economy

    As the disconnect between political obfuscation and climate science continues, how might individuals respond to climate change?

  • In the corporate fight club, the environment usually loses 25 Oct 2013

    The Conversation

    A commitment to sustainability has become a typical component of any modern-day corporation's public face. Visit the homepages of major organisations in any sector, from coal-mining to cola-making, and you'll find "green" credentials front and centre.

  • BERN Newsletter - October 2013 15 Oct 2013

    Balanced Enterprise Research Network

    It's been a busy month with the formal launch of BERN on August 29th featuring guest speaker Greg Bourne, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), company director Sam Mostyn, and Dr. Matthew Bell, leader of climate change and sustainability services at Ernst & Young.