The challenge of the '90s is to create sustainable societies in which business and government can satisfy our current needs without diminishing the prospects for future generations. Business managers today are seeking guidance in the new ways of thinking that are called for to meet this challenge.
This book takes a major step in that direction by helping business people identify what can be done to reduce the impact of their companies on the environment. It shows how to systematically set priorities and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It will also help sell an impact reduction program to top management.
In contrast to the current practice of "compliance auditing," a process focused on meeting governmental regulations, this Elmwood Institute guide shows how to conduct an "eco-audit" - a complete examination of an organization in relation to its long-term ecological sustainability. Such an audit scrutinizes every aspect of the organization and its operations, including product design and manufacture, management techniques, corporate culture and goals.
EcoManagement is the first book to provide a comprehensive and practical guide to the new era of business ecological responsibility. It features a framework for companies planning to design their own audits, and offers thirteen checklists to guide managers through the audit process, covering such topics as energy, materials, wastes, finance, marketing, transportation, and international business relations.
|About the Elmwood Institute|
|About the Authors|
|The Concept and Development of EcoManagement|
|Trends toward Ecologically Conscious Management||p. 3|
|Methods of Environmental and Ecological Auditing||p. 17|
|Innovative EcoManagement Practices and Programs Worldwide||p. 31|
|The Paradigm Shift from Environmentalism to EcoManagement||p. 59|
|Theory and Practice of EcoManagement|
|Managing the Change to an Ecologically Conscious Corporate Culture||p. 69|
|The Company as a Living System: A Framework for Organizing EcoManagement||p. 91|
|Energy and Materials Inflows||p. 97|
|Design, Processing, and Manufacturing Operations||p. 107|
|Sales, Marketing, Waste, and Emission Outflows||p. 119|
|Financial, Human Resource, and Other Support Structures||p. 127|
|Getting Started: Priorities and Action Plans||p. 149|
|Conclusion: The Ecological Transformation of Business||p. 155|
|Appendix A. Auditing Resources||p. 159|
|Appendix B. The CERES Principles||p. 161|
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Series: BK Currents (Hardcover)
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 24.77 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52