Business, Ethics, and the Environment: Imagining a Sustainable Future / Edition 1

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This book provides a framework for business ethics in the age of sustainability. The book examines the many ways that business is changing, and should change, to meet the demands of a sustainable future. This book blends philosophical and ethical analysis with real-world practical cases and examples to show what sustainable business can and should become. This book covers the shift to sustainable business models, environmental sustainability, alternative economic model of sustainable economics, sustainable production, and consumerism. People interested in the stdy of Business, Ethics, and Sustainability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131891746
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/3/2007
  • Series: Basic Ethics in Action Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 490,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph DesJardins is a professor in the philosophy department at the College of Saint Benedict, Sain John's University in Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Table of contents


Chapter One: The Coming Age of Sustainable Business


Economics, Ecology, Ethics

Individuals, Government, and Business

Economic Growth: Problem or Solution?

The Sustainability Paradigm

Sustainability as Social Justice

Sustainability: Two Caveats

Chapter Two: The Biosphere: Facts and Values



State of the Biosphere




Values and the Biosphere: Pragmatism and Diversity

Chapter Three: Economic Growth, Free Markets, and Business Responsibility


Economic Growth as the Economic Good

Free Market Environmentalism

Free Market Ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Standard Model

Corporate Environmental Responsibility

Chapter Four: The failure of market-based policies


Critique of Growth-Base Market Model: Internal Challenges

Critique of Growth-Base Market Model: External Challenges

The Ethics of the Conventional Model

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter Five: Ecological Economics and Sustainable Business Ethics


Ecological Economics

Policy Implications of Ecological Economics: Accounting for Natural Capital

Policy Implications of Ecological Economics: Globalized Trade and Finance

Ecological Economics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Chapter Six: The “Business Case” for Sustainability and Sustainable Business Models


The Business Case for Sustainability

Models for Sustainable Business: Natural Capitalism and Industrial Ecology

Models for Sustainable Business: The Natural Step and Cradle-to-Cradle

Chapter Seven: Sustainable Production and Sustainable Products


Sustainable Products

Sustainable Production: Pollution and Waste

Life-Cycle Responsibility, Dematerialization, and Sustainable Energy Use

Business as Consumers: Supply-Chain Responsibility

Chapter Eight: Sustainable Consumption


Sustainable Consumption

Consumption: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Why do we Consume as we do?

Business’ Responsibility for Consumption

Philosophical Reflections on Consumerism

Chapter Nine: Creating Sustainable Professions and Sustainable



Sustainable Marketing

Sustainable Accounting, Auditing, Finance

Sustainable HR and Operations

Sustainable Communities

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