Keys to Successful Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration discussed in HBR article


“Addressing global sustainability challenges—including climate change, resource depletion, and ecosystem loss—is beyond the individual capabilities of even the largest companies. To tackle these threats, and unleash new value, companies and other stakeholders must collaborate in new ways that treat fragile and complex ecosystems as a whole.”

Blu Skye’s latest thinking,“The Collaboration Imperative,” is featured in the April 2014 issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR). Co-authored by Blu Skye’s founder/CEO Jib Ellison, and Principals John Whalen and Erin Billman, this article distills the key lessons we have learned from our decade-long work in facilitating industry-wide, cross-sector, and multi-stakeholder collaborations that lead to real aligned action and results.

As one of the four articles selected in HBR’s “Spotlight on Practical Sustainability” special feature, “The Collaboration Imperative” draws on Blu Skye’s experience with the apparel industry, the dairy industry, and the aluminum and recycling industry, among others. It unveils a new paradigm in corporate sustainability, where system changes -- beyond the individual capabilities of even the largest companies and NGOs -- are now essential to solving our global challenges.

This article will provide you with a different perspective -- the systems view -- on the sustainability challenge the world is facing. We welcome your feedback, and look forward to hearing from you as we embark on the new era of collaboration.