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Changing Course: A Global Business Perspective on Development and the Environment

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By: S Schmidheiny

350 pages, no illustrations

MIT Press

Paperback | May 1992 | #17795 | ISBN: 0262691531
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Hardback | Dec 1992 | #17794 | ISBN: 0262193183
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About this book

A practical introduction to new and necessary methods of running businesses so that the realities of business and the marketplace support the realities of the environment and the needs of human development.

The question is no longer whether business must change to meet the challenges of the global environment, or even when. The issue forward-looking guidelines in print for harnessing the resources of the modern corporation to the task of environmentally sustainable development. This timely book is nothing less than a roadmap to the corporate future. --James Gustave Speth, President, World Resources Institute


The business of sustainable development; pricing the environment - markets, costs and instruments; energy and the marketplace; capital markets - financing sustainable development; trade and sustainable development; managing corporate change; the innovation process; technology co-operation; sustainable management of renewable resources - agriculture and forestry; leadership for sustainable development in developing countries; case studies - successful steps toward sustainable development; managing change in business - New England Electric - making energy conservation pay, 3M - building on the success of pollution prevention, Du Pont - the CEO as chief environmental officer, Norsk Hydro - environmental auditing, Shell - human resource development; managing business partnerships - Nippon Steel/Usiminas - long-term partnership for sustainable development, ABB Zamech - technology co-operation through joint ventures, Eternil - technology co-operation for a safer working environment, S.C. Johnson - catalyzing improved supplier performance, chemical industry - introducing responsible care, Leather Development centre - promoting best practice; managing stakeholder partnerships - Northern Telecom/Mexico - technology co-operation to halt ozone depletion, The Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Council - industry in harmony with nature, Electrolux - designing energy-efficient products; Mitsubishi - co-operation for reforestation; managing financial partnerships - Nordic Environment Finance Corporation - financing for sustainable development in Eastern Eruope, Fundes - promoting small businesses in Latin America, Fundacion Chile - financing technology co-operation, GE Capital - lending and environmental risk, Jupiter Tyndall - investing in the environment; managing cleaner production - Dow Chemical - making waste reduction pay, Harihar Polyfibers - promoting productivity to prevent pollution, Holderbank - making cement with less energy, Ciba-Geigy - designing a low-pollution dyestuff plant, ConAgra/Du Pont - profiting from recycled waste; managing cleaner products - Smith and Hawken - promoting products of sustainable forestry, Procter and Gamble - using life-cycle analysis to cut solid waste, Migros - using life-cycle analysis in retail operations, HENKEL - developing substitutes for phosphates in detergents, Laing - energy efficient housing, Volkswagen - recycling the car, Pick'n Pay - retailers and sustainable development, ENI - developing a replacement for lead in gasoline; managing sustainable resource use - ABB - introducing clean coal at Vartan, Triangle Limited - energy from biomass, E.I.D. Parry - integrated rural development, Aracruz Celulose - sustainable forestry and pulp production, ALCOA - sustainable mining in the Jarrah Forest. Appendix: priorities for a rational energy strategy.

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