Although sustainability efforts in business are still a work in progress, it is clear that key elements of a new generation of enterprises will be radically different from those of our contemporary economy. This book offers ideas for generating a new perspective on the dynamics of business systems.
"In Ants, Galileo & Gandhi ... Sissel Waage ... and her preeminent group of contributors have carefully and persuasively found a balance capturing the essence of sustainability while at the same time identifying and assessing important lessons to be learned from their experience ... Anyone or any business seeking to begin, refine, or implement their sustainability-related business practices should have this book in their library", Don Smith, Corporate Environmental Strategy Vol. 10 Issue 10, 2003 "These are smart, detailed, in-the-trenches case studies of how companies align sustainability with business success, along with the scientific and societal rationale that amplify these initiatives' importance. Mainstream managers will find both guidance and inspiration", The Green Business Letter, November 2003
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction: envisioning the prototypical company of the 21st century - Ray Anderson, Interface Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA; Part 1: The transition to sustainability-oriented enterprises. 2 Understanding nature's services to societies - Gretchen Daily, Stanford University, USA Katherine Ellison, San Anselmo, USA; 3 Reconsidering business from a systems perspective: the paradigm shift to sustainability-oriented enterprises and financial services - Sissel Waage, The Natural Step, USA; 4 Integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations: applying The Natural Step approach and framework and backcasting from principles of sustainability - K.-H. Robert, The Natural Step, Sweden; Part 2: Case studies of evolving business initiatives. 5 Sustainability and dematerialisation at Hewlett Packard - David Hudson, Consultant to Hewlett Packard, USA, and Lynelle Preston, Sustainability Manager, Hewlett Packard, USA; 6 Engaging in change management: transformation through sustainability strategy at Norm Thompson Outfitters - Derek Smith, Norm Thompson, USA; 7 Recreating natural-resource-based businesses: sustaining the land and communities in the US New Northwest - Cecilia Danks, University of Vermont, USA Martin Goebel and Karen Steer, Sustainable Northwest, USA George McKinley, Jefferson Sustainable Development Initiative, Ashland, OR, USA; 8 Growing a sustainable business: establishing and financing new ecologically and socially restorative ventures - Matthew A. Klein, Verdant Power, USA; Part 3: Case studies from the financial services sector. 9 Screening for sustainability: a case study of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index - Alois Flatz, Sustainable Asset Management, and Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Switzerland; 10 Banking on sustainability: A case study of Shorebank Enterprise Pacific - Jennifer Sokolove, University of California at Berkeley, USA; Part 4: Reporting and accountability. 11 Improving sustainability disclosure: the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines - Allen L. White, Global Reporting Initiative, The Netherlands; Part 5: Pathways forward to organisational and societal change. 12 Organisational change for sustainability within enterprises and financial services - Sissel Waage, The Natural Step, San Francisco, CA, USA Juli Torok, Independent Consultant, Berkeley, CA, USA; 13 Catalysing action and organisational change: the role of personal and group (re)vitalisation in sustainability initiatives - Hilary Bradbury, Weatherhead School of Management, USA; 14 Conclusion: a shift toward sustainability within companies and the financial services sector - Sissel Waage, The Natural Step, USA
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 272
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.5