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Report // Nexus2020: The most important research questions for business sustainability

Partnerships between businesses and researchers are fundamental to generating tangible steps towards sustainability, reveals the Nexus2020: The most important research questions for business sustainability report. Nexus2020 is led by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, as part of the Nexus Network activities to bring together business and academia.

The report

  • outlines nexus research priorities
  • explains why partnerships between businesses and researchers are critical in the long term for companies to thrive.
  • calls for researchers and business practitioners to develop specific projects to answer pressing nexus issues.
  • outlines the opportunities of this co-production approach for research funding agencies.

Eva Blixt, Research Manager, Jernkontoret, Swedish Steel Industry said: “For the Swedish steel industry to contribute towards achieving a sustainable economy and create societal value it needs to work across the nexus. This will help develop the necessary tools and technology to ensure the competitiveness of the industry, whilst minimizing its environmental impact on water, land and air.”

Over 250 stakeholders, including representatives from companies such as Asda, EDF Energy, HSBC and Nestlé and academics from institutions including Cambridge, Leeds and Exeter universities, contributed to Nexus2020. The report builds on an academic paper published in the scientific journal Sustainability Science in October 2016.

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For more information contact Hannah.Tranter@cisl.cam.ac.uk

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This call marks the start of a new cooperation programme with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and falls under the Merian Fund. The programme aims to further stimulate joint, impact-oriented research between Dutch and South African researchers. The first call for proposals focuses on the WEF nexus within major societal challenges. The deadline for submission is 26 September 2019.

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