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Sustainability Is A Team Effort: Corporate Sustainability Works Best When Employees Are Stakeholders

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Executive Summary

In order to lend insight into the process of change in large corporations, Klaus Weber, an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School, and Sara Soderstrom, a doctoral student at the Kellogg School of Management, spent 18 months observing a multinational medical devices company as it strove to incorporate sustainability into its agenda. They find that change must come from within the company, rather than be handed down from above. "It's not like a lone hero turns a company into a sustainable enterprise," Weber says. "It's about people coming together and working together."

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