Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) has an eight-year track record of advancing regional sustainability through innovative, collaborative programs that help businesses understand and implement sustainable business practices. While many nonprofits engage business through philanthropy, NBIS is distinctive in recognizing the powerful capacity of business to act as a change agent to benefit people and the planet while generating profit.
NBIS programs equip business leaders with leading edge implementation strategies, compelling business cases and a community of practice for mentoring and learning across industries to maximize the “triple bottom line” (people, planet, profit). Their programs focus on providing strategic and technical training for leadership in sustainability at all levels of management: planning, environmental management, employee education, product development, purchasing, stakeholder engagement, metrics, reporting and marketing; stimulating value-adding market-based solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges; and teaching and developing opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
From the outset, NBIS has been a multi-discipline organization that brings the talent, knowledge and resources of academia, government, industry and other nonprofit organizations to the table to support and assist businesses on the journey to sustainability. They are constantly working with these varied sectors to advance their work. Specific partnerships are built around their various program areas, including the By-Product Synergy NW project and their work with urban property owners to incorporate Salmon Safe principles.
NBIS Directors Karl Ostrom and Mary Rose serve on several academic advisory boards and are lecturers and occasional adjunct faculty at UW, Seattle University, Bellevue College, Antioch University and Argosy University. They work to educate on sustainable business and to get sustainability integrated into business curriculum.
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