Business Ecology: The Next Generation of Best Practices for Sustainable Business

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Companies around the world are embracing the need to become more ecologically sustainable. Yet many of today's green business practices fail to result in companies that are truly green. In order to become sustainable, businesses need a fundamentally different approach to greening. Find it here. Building on her predecessor book, Green Business, the author suggests ways to achieve true ecological sustainability with a new paradigm for green business grounded in science. She indicates that business exists in an ...

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Overview

Companies around the world are embracing the need to become more ecologically sustainable. Yet many of today's green business practices fail to result in companies that are truly green. In order to become sustainable, businesses need a fundamentally different approach to greening. Find it here. Building on her predecessor book, Green Business, the author suggests ways to achieve true ecological sustainability with a new paradigm for green business grounded in science. She indicates that business exists in an ecological context and that ecological sustainability can occur when ecology and other environmental sciences are used to inform business purpose and activity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764333026
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Chapter 1 Introduction 9

The Purpose of This Book 9

How This Book Is Organized 12

Summary 13

Chapter 2 The Changing Face of Business and Industry 14

A Modern US History of Business-Ecological Relationships 14

Stage 1 The Rise of the Corporation & the Need for Social Accountability 15

Stage 2 Pollution As a Growing Concern 17

Stage 3 The Call for Greater Environmental Accountability 21

Stage 4 A Focus on Sustainability 26

Stage 5 Business Ecology 33

Seven Business Responses to Environmental Issues 37

Type 1 No Response 37

Type 2 Minimal Compliance Response 37

Type 3 Strategic Compliance Response 38

Type 4 Internal Greening Response 38

Type 5 Internal-External Greening Response 38

Type 6 Internal Business Ecology Response 38

Type 7 Internal-External Business Ecology Response 39

Summary 41

Chapter 3 Current Green Business Best Practices 42

The Need for Green Business Best Practices 42

Principles 43

Principles for Greener Business 44

Principles for Sustainability 51

Methods 65

Assessment Methods 65

Improvement Methods 73

Environmental Certification Programs 77

Company Certification 77

Product Certification 78

Facilities Certification 79

Corporate Environmental Reporting 81

Further Limitations of Current Green Business Best Practices 83

Summary 83

Chapter 4 The Business Ecology Concept & 12 Guiding Principles 85

The Need for a Healthy Business Paradigm 85

The Business Ecology Concept 87

Business Ecology & Industrial Ecology 92

The 12 Guiding Principles of Business Ecology 93

Commitment 94

Alignment 94

Scope 95

Ecological Knowledge 96

Ecological Niche 100

Integrative Design 103

Habitation 109

Feedback 111

Adaptation 112

Network Outward 114

Accountability 116

Transparency 117

How to Use the 12 Guiding Principles 117

Summary 126

Chapter 5 The 50 Steps of Business Ecology 127

Fleshing out the 12 Guiding Principles 127

Commitment 149

Alignment 151

Scope 156

Ecological Knowledge 158

Ecological Niche 159

Integrative Design 161

Habitation 170

Feedback 173

Adaptation 176

Network Outward 176

Accountability 177

Transparency 180

Summary 181

Chapter 6 The Further Development of Business Ecology 182

The Need for the Further Development of Business Ecology 182

Chapter 7 Conclusion 188

Book Summary 188

Areas for Further Research 190

Implications of Business Ecology 191

Will Industry Lead the Way? 194

Glossary 196

Bibliography 203

Endnotes 243

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