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The Business Guide to Sustainability is a practical introduction to implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy in any organization. Written by top business consultants, this useful book can be applied in both large and small enterprises. This edition shifts away from a discussion of CSR to focus more squarely on sustainability. It explores strategies for implementing sustainability in each of the functional areas of the corporation (accounting, HR, operations, etc.), while providing examples from a range of sectors, including manufacturing, services, and government. The Business Guide to Sustainability also includes the authors' S-CORE assessment tool to help organizations determine whether they are on the right track, identify new opportunities, and assign accountability and responsibility.
Brimming with interesting stories and examples, and covering new developments such as the emergence of BRICs and the effects of the Great Recession, The Business Guide to Sustainability will interest managers, business owners, and students for whom sustainability is a priority.
Part I: Foundation Concepts
1. Sustainability as a Strategic Issue
2. Change Agent/Sustainability Coordinator: How to Keep a Sustainability Effort on Track
Part II: Sustainability by Industry Sector
3. Sustainability in Services and General Office Practices
4. Sustainability in Manufacturing and Product Design
5. Sustainability in Government Agencies
Part III: Sustainability by Organizational Function
6. Senior Management: How to Lead the Sustainability Effort
7. Facilities: How to Save Energy and Water, Improve Productivity, and Reduce Waste
8. Human Resources: How to Support the Change Process, and Bolster Employee Commitment
9. Purchasing: How to Determine What to Buy, and How to Work with Suppliers
10. Information Technology: Making Electronics Part of the Solution, not Part of the Problem
11. Environmental Affairs: How to Support the Move Beyond Compliance and Eco-efficiencies to Sustainability
12. Marketing/Public Relations: Whether and How to Promote Your Sustainability Efforts
13. Accounting and Finance: How to Account for Environmental and Social Impacts
Darcy Hitchcock is an affiliate instructor at Case Western Reserve University, USA, and president of the sustainability consulting firm, AXIS Performance Advisors. She also teaches at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, USA, and the University of Oregon, USA.
Marsha Willard is an adjunct instructor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, USA, where she teaches in the MBA in Sustainable Business program. She is principal of AXIS Performance Advisors, and co-founded and helps manage the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.