Research

We carry-out and support research that is practitioner focused, academically rigorous and policy-relevant.

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Business and Sustainable Development: The Nigerian Case  (Upcoming, 2019)

Businesses have a huge role to play in the achievement of sustainable development in any society. Integrating sustainable development thinking in corporate strategy and operations is also vital for the long-term success of a business. However, in Nigeria, there is a huge gap in the knowledge and available information on corporate priorities, structures, activities, opportunities, risks and projections in the field of sustainability. In light of this, the ‘Business and Sustainable Development: The Nigerian Case’ study provides relevant knowledge on global and local sustainability trends, the current sustainability directions in Nigeria’s banking and agri-business sectors, as well as challenges, solutions and opportunities. Targeted at corporate executives, academics, investors, and regulators, the study entailed extensive research, in-depth interviews, and insights from a range of stakeholders.

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The Nigeria Sustainability Champions Case Book

We embarked on the Sustainability Champions Projects with the objective of identifying businesses in Nigeria that are integrating best practices in sustainability within their strategy and operations. One of the outputs of the project is a casebook which documents their activities and highlights the challenges they have faced. We also explore their responsible business practices and how these organisations are contributing to societal change. The project is one of LBS Sustainability Centre’s practitioner-focused research projects aimed at providing thought leadership and practical examples to inspire current and future business leaders in Africa. This project is also part of Lagos Business School’s work to provide business insights through the African lens and contribute African narratives on sustainability and responsible business.

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Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Tolaram Group FMCG Businesses in Nigeria (2013-2015)

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Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Coca-Cola System in Nigeria (2017)

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Corporate Social Impact Assessment Handbook

Society is demanding for companies to become more transparent, and businesses are responding with increased accountability measures. This goes without mentioning the concrete business case for engaging in sustainable business practices. This future will rely on how business aims to measure its impact on the wellbeing of society. This guide is designed to help for-profit organisations measure their impact on society. Readers can work through the step-by-step structure to create their own social impact assessment (SIA) plan. Engagement is key: readers can complete various tasks, conduct workshops, and initiate discussions. This guide also provides readers with a basic overview of the role of business in society, the history of impact assessment and its benefits, and other SIA tools available to businesses.

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Corporate Foundations Guide: State-Of-The Art

This guide presents a state-of-the-art overview of what Corporate Foundations are, how they work and the means by which they are set-up. Understandably, each Foundation is unique; depending on the context, both culturally and legally. Whether integrated or separate, responsive or catalytic – the purpose of a Foundation remains the same: to create a better society, and a better business. We envisage that leadership and integration between Foundation and parent company will remain salient issues for Foundations in the near and long-term. The success of the industry and its reputation amongst key stakeholders will greatly rely on whether Foundations can make ‘real impact’. If however, Foundations remain just another PR tool in the eyes of decision makers, it will also remain as such and have minimal contribution to sustainable development.

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Corporate Social Impact Assessment Workbook

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Corporate Foundations Workbook: State-Of-The Art