In recent years, corporations of all sizes and orientations have become more sensitive to social issues and stakeholder concerns. They are striving to become better corporate citizens. The best practices in corporate sustainability performance are no longer the exclusive domain of companies like Ben & Jerry's or The Body Shop, as they were a decade ago; now, large, multinational companies like G.E. and Wal-Mart are leading the way with significant financial and organizational commitments to social and environmental issues.
However, good intentions aren't enough. Whether motivated by concern for society and the environment, government regulation, stakeholder pressures, or economic profit, managers and strategists need to continue making significant changes to more effectively manage their social, economic, and environmental impacts - and to remain competitive. The guidance they need to do that is in this book.
In "Making Sustainability Work", Marc Epstein has built on his influential and highly respected previous work on implementing and measuring corporate sustainability. He has now produced the ultimate "how-to-do-it" guide for corporate leaders, strategists, academics, sustainability consultants, and anyone else with an interest in actually putting ideas into practice.
With a growing number of corporate leaders asking for urgent help in "getting this done," the timing of the book could not be better. The book blends Epstein's many years of academic work, the key work of other thought leaders, field research with companies, and brand new case examples to address the dilemmas and challenges managers face when engaging with sustainability. Epstein's work on sustainability measurement is the most extensive ever published, focusing on organizing, costing, performance, risk, and leadership. The book provides almost 100 company examples, a range of tools, and a practical management model that will be invaluable for those attempting to implement, manage, and measure sustainability efforts.
While many have focused on what sustainability" means for business strategy, precious few have paid attention to actually making it happen inside large corporations. In this new book, Marc Epstein shines the guiding light for those charged with implementing sustainability - the necessary structures, systems, metrics, and performance measurements. If your challenge is to overcome the corporate "antibodies" to drive innovation through sustainability, this is a must read. Stuart L. Hart, S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University and author of Capitalism at the Crossroads.
Introduction Improving Social and Financial Performance in Global Corporations
Chapter 1 A New Framework for Implementing Corporate Sustainability
Chapter 2 Leadership and Strategy for Corporate Sustainability
Chapter 3 Organizing for Sustainability
Chapter 4 Costing, Capital Investments, and the Integration of Social Risk
Chapter 5 Performance Evaluation and Reward Systems
Chapter 6 The Foundations for Identifying and Measuring Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts
Chapter 7 Implementing a Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact Measurement System
Chapter 8 Improving Corporate Processes, Products, and Projects for Corporate Sustainability
Chapter 9 External Sustainability Reporting and Verification
Chapter 10 The Benefits of Sustainability for Corporations and Society
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