Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) Methodology
ROSI is used by corporate leaders and investors to bridge the gap between sustainability strategies and financial performance.
Resources for Understanding and Implementing ROSI
CSB offers extensive resources on ROSI for current and future business leaders to better understand how sustainability drives financial performance, including:
> Original research publications in top tier academic and corporate journals
> Case studies on implementing ROSI in industries such as automotive, utilities, and agriculture
> Excel tools for testing ROSI focused on risk, talent, and operational efficiency
> A free online course module on building the case for sustainability
Collaborate with CSB on a ROSI Research Project
CSB partners with companies to deploy ROSI and unlock financial value within organizations. During the ROSI collaboration process, we will:
> Identify strategies and key practices to explore
> Conduct research and interviews to determine benefits and construct monetization frameworks
> Analyze company data and perform monetization analyses and investigations
> Deliver key project findings that can be leveraged in core business strategy moving forward
> Educate and train senior leadership on applying ROSI internally throughout the firm
Apparel Industry Sustainable Strategies Framework
With support from HSBC Bank USA, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business partnered with a set of apparel companies on the ROSI methodology to estimate the value of tangible and intangible benefits that apparel companies can accrue by making strategic investments in more sustainable business practices. We engaged companies including EILEEN FISHER, Reformation, and REI in the project, and conducted both primary and secondary research leveraging industry experts, company contacts, and academic literature to inform our framework.
Food & Agriculture Sustainable Strategies Framework
The Food and Agriculture Sustainable Strategies Framework was designed applying the ROSI methodology in three HSBC-funded projects with Anheuser-Busch, Hero Group, and Ingredion as well as various independently-funded corporate engagements. The framework identifies 12 strategies across the value chain, as well as practices and monetization models to address critical environmental and social challenges, build more resilient organizations, and drive financial value.