Wall Street Journal: Food Companies Show How Sustainability Investments Can Reap Positive ROI


In the food and agricultural sector, sustainability investments aimed at decarbonization, protecting nature, and contributing to risk mitigation strategies often generate positive ROI...Supplemented by interviews of food and agriculture company executives, related NYU research, and case studies, “Unleashing Sustainable Value in Food & Agriculture,” also identifies sustainability strategies with the greatest potential to help organizations become more resilient and unlock financial value, and it reveals that value chain collaboration on sustainability correlates to higher revenue growth. 

The Wall Street Journal published highlights from CSB research in partnership with Deloitte, where nearly all survey respondents indicated financial returns on investment in sustainability. Which strategy was most effective in driving revenue growth and/or cost reduction differed by the node in the value chain.

The piece highlights key findings about how to capture benefit from sustainability investments including:

  • Harvest low-hanging fruit today
  • Leverage upcoming regulations
  • Embed sustainability more deeply in business operations
  • Collaborate and co-invest

Read the full piece in Wall Street Journal here.