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A new resource on sustainability innovation is on the way

Bob Eccles and Georgios Serafeim are two academics to watch.

Along with Yiannis Iannou, they seem like the most productive pair of academics working in modern sustainability.

(Cue howls of complaint from academic readers, apologies to them!)

Bob, Georgios and Yiannis have authored between them, many of the most interesting studies in the field, from a mainstream business school perspective, in recent years.

Frankly, talent and knowledge/understanding of sustainable business at the level of detail they delve into, was until recently in short supply at Harvard (outside the Kennedy School) and at London Business School (since the excellent Craig Smith moved to INSEAD).

Bold words, perhaps, and I await commentary pointing out my errors in the usual immediate fashion.

Such things aside for a moment, Bob and Georgios have set up an Innovating For Sustainability Facebook page.

“And?” I hear you ask. Well readers, if they deliver on this as they do on their myriad other projects, it should end up being a very useful resource, that’s my point here.

Bob asked me to pass on the following message:

“Please respond to our first survey question and check out our exciting announcement about provocative data on the decoupling of revenue growth and resource use we’ll release only to our Facebook community. George and I will also be tweeting about this starting today.” You can follow Bob on Twitter here.

Bob and George have already posted some interesting data on the page, a list of 50 leading companies that have over time reduced their scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions relative to their economic activity (e.g. sales), between 2005 and 2010.

No doubt there will be more to come.

And in case you missed it, here’s a link to an earlier post I wrote this week on sustainability innovation in companies world-wide.

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