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The Business of Sustainability : Building Industry Cases for Corporate Sustainability - Ulrich Steger

The Business of Sustainability

Building Industry Cases for Corporate Sustainability

By: Ulrich Steger (Editor)

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Most academics and certainly most sustainability managers agree that research on the "business case" for sustainability has been very inconclusive. In fact many have simply decided that the business case for sustainability is elusive. This book goes further than ever before in trying to be more specific about the economic rationale for corporate sustainability, by approaching this issue on an industry-specific level. To do this, empirical evidence was gathered from managers in nine industries, along with their stakeholders, during an extensive and ambitious research project. The book gives a detailed and representative insight of the business case in the nine sectors but also a unique cross-industry perspective on this issue.
Most academics and certainly most sustainability managers agree that research on the "business case" for sustainability has been very inconclusive. In fact many have simply decided that the business case for sustainability is elusive. This book goes further than ever before in trying to be more specific about the economic rationale for corporate sustainability, by approaching this issue on an industry-specific level. To do this, empirical evidence was gathered from managers in nine industries, along with their stakeholders, during an extensive and ambitious research project. The book gives a detailed and representative insight of the business case in the nine sectors but also a unique cross-industry perspective on this issue.

'This book is a major contribution to the Business Case debate and both insightful and useful for corporate executives, especially of the more skeptical kind. It also delivers excellent material for the classrooms of MBA and Executive education, where the need for this kind of contribution is even greater.' - Prof Gilbert Lenssen, President European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS)

'This book presents groundbreaking conclusions on a subject that has become highly relevant to modern-day corporations: the economic reasons why companies integrate social and environmental into business strategy. I would advise any business executive who is seeking an overview or indeed a focused industry perspective on this issue to read this book. Based on solid empirical foundations, it is, to my knowledge, also the first-ever comprehensive attempt to look at the business case for sustainability from an industry-specific perspective.' - Peter Forstmoser, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Swiss Reinsurance

'DaimlerChrysler gained additional insight from participating in the research Building a Business Case for Corporate Sustainability. The Case provides helpful hints on the economic logic to be covered in this area and provides ideas on how to move forward strategically.' - Dr. Rudiger Grube, Member of the Management Board of DaimlerChrysler

'For those with a real interest in corporate sustainability and a desire to make it work in practice, this book will prove an invaluable resource. Detailed and authoritative, it provides a compelling analysis of the issues facing businesses today.' John Ling, Chartered Institute of Marketing Magazine

Introduction
Objectives and Methodology
Objectives
Review of Existing Research Methodology
Overall Results and Sector Comparison
Economic Trends and Demands for Corporate Sustainability
Stakeholders Value Drivers
Corporate Vision, Culture and Sustainability Strategy
Organizational Structure and the Importance of Functions
Processes and Systems Assessment of the Business Case
Sector Reports
Automotive
Aviation
Chemical
Pharmaceutical
Energy
Financial Services
Food and Beverage
Technology
Sector Specific Tool Sets
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781403933966
ISBN-10: 1403933960
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1