Business Environmental Sustainability Research Group

The Business Environmental Sustainability Research Group (BESRG) comprises a cluster of researchers from a range of academic disciplines at the University of Sydney Business School with shared interests in assisting business to address the challenges of Environmental Sustainability.

The Group's focus is on facilitating business responses to the multi-faceted challenges confronting the environment through transdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, business leaders and other relevant groups.


  • Conscious Capitalism: a higher purpose for business? 17 Jul 2015

    The University of Sydney Business School

    Stakeholder engagement, value creation, sustainability and responsibility have become common in the parlance of contemporary business language and even sometimes practice; however the concepts of meaning, purpose, empowerment, and dare it be said selflessness, love and spirituality are not readily associated with capitalist business, until now. John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, co-founders of the Conscious Capitalism movement, along with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Patagonia, Airbnb and a host of others, are putting human beings, creativity, innovation and social cooperation at the centre of business endeavour. Read more

  • Oxford University identifies Australia’s most polluting coal fired power stations and the risk they pose to investors 27 Mar 2015

    Australia’s most polluting ‘subcritical’ coal fired power stations have been identified in a major report by the Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Read more

  • Reinventing management threatens multi-billion dollar consulting industry 01 Mar 2015

    A recently published book co-authored by the Business School's Professor of Organisational Change, Dr Christopher Wright, says that corporate management is evolving in a way that could spell the end of the multi-billion dollar consulting sector. Read more

  • Corporate sustainability takes a big step forward 16 Jan 2015

    The property sector must now take "big bold steps" rather than rely on incremental change to ensure that our cities of the future are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. This was the key message from world leaders in the field of business sustainability who spoke at a ground breaking symposium hosted by the Business School's Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) and the sustainability consultancy, Morphosis. Read more

  • Private sector investment only hope for sustainable development - adjunct professor 28 Nov 2014

    The private sector will need to invest 20 to 30 times the amount currently being spent by governments and the not-for-profit sector in order to halt damaging climate change, according Adjunct Professor (Finance) Mark Burrows. Read more