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Making Sustainability Work


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Table of Contents

List of cases, figures, and tables
Foreword from the First Edition--John Elkington, SustainAbility Herman B “Dutch” Leonard, Harvard Business School
Introduction: Improving sustainability and financial performance in global corporations
Why it’s important
Managing corporate sustainability
The Corporate Sustainability Model
Background to this book
Making sustainability work: an overview of the revised book
And finally…
1--A new framework for implementing corporate sustainability
What is sustainability?
Identify your stakeholders
Be accountable
Corporate Sustainability Model Summary
2--Leadership, organizational culture, and strategy for corporate sustainability
Board commitment to sustainability
CEO commitment to sustainability
Leadership and global climate change
The role of the corporate mission and vision statements
The role of organizational culture
Developing a corporate sustainability strategy
Thinking globally
Voluntary standards and codes of conduct
Working with government regulations
Social investors and sustainability indices
3--Organizing for sustainability
The challenge for global corporations
Involve the whole organization
Information flow and a seat at the table
Philanthropy and collaboration with NGOs
4--Costing, capital investments, and the integration of sustainability risks
The capital investment decision process
Capital budgeting in small and medium enterprises
Costs in the decision-making process
Costing systems
Risk assessment
5--Performance measurement, evaluation, and reward systems
Performance measurement and evaluation systems
Incentives and rewards
Strategic performance measurement systems
Shareholder value analysis
6--The foundations for measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts
The concept of value
Methodologies for measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts
Methodologies for measuring sustainability and political risks
7--Implementing a social, environmental, and economic impact measurement system
Mapping the actions that drive performance
Sustainability performance metrics
Engage with your stakeholders
Measuring reputation
Measuring risk
Measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts
8--Improving corporate processes, products, and projects for corporate sustainability
Organizational learning: the new battleground?
Improving sustainability performance
Reducing social, environmental, and economic impacts
Involve the supply chain
Internal reporting
9--External sustainability reporting and verification
Standards for sustainability reporting
Industry guidance on sustainability reporting
Let everyone know how you’re doing
External disclosure of sustainability performance measures
Verifying sustainability performance and reporting Internal sustainability audits
External sustainability audits
10--The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society
Make sustainability work
Use the Corporate Sustainability Model to improve performance
Create opportunities for innovation
A last word

About the Author

Marc J. Epstein is a distinguished research professor of management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He has been a professor at Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and INSEAD. He has written or cowritten nearly twenty books and a hundred papers.
Adriana Rejc Buhovac is an associate professor of management in the faculty of economics at the University of Ljubljana. She is a member of the editorial board of Advances in Management Accounting.

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