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Rebecca Henderson is a Global Authority on Sustainable Business Growth and Professor at Harvard Business School. She is the author of “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire”.
Some organizational leaders, particularly CFOs and COOs, may be surprised to learn that focusing on sustainability can drive long-term growth and yield high returns.
Those in doubt need only speak to Harvard Business School (HBS) Professor Rebecca Henderson who sees leading energy, pharmaceutical, IT, materials and CPG firms already profiting from purpose-driven practices while positioning themselves for long-term growth. Henderson strongly encourages other businesses to follow their lead, not just for the health of their bottom lines but for the health of the planet they rely on now and will rely on tomorrow to support their long-term plans.
In Rebecca Henderson's newest book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World On Fire” (Public Affairs, April 2020), which was named a Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year, Henderson draws on her years of research into organizational change, innovation and disruption to make a case for a new, more balanced form of capitalism.
Rebecca Henderson, The John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in HBS’s General Management and Strategy Units, has seen firsthand how thinking around sustainability can drive growth by widening a firm’s vision and building trust and engagement among customers, employees and suppliers.
When it comes to driving large scale change, Rebecca Henderson strongly believes the private sector has the power and must pressure slower-moving governments into developing and enforcing responsible policies. She also sees self-regulation within private sector industries as a healthy way to navigate the changes collectively. Such cooperation gives businesses a voice in developing better practices without hurting their bottom lines, while also creating a collaborative forum for uncovering new opportunities.