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There is an emerging consensus that all is not well with today’s market-centric economic model. Although it has delivered wealth over the last half century and pulled millions out of poverty, it is recession-prone, leaves too many unemployed, creates ecological scarcities and environmental risks, and widens the gap between the rich and the poor. Around $1 trillion a year in perverse subsidies and barriers to entry for alternative products maintain “business-as-usual” while obscuring their associated environmental...

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Overview

There is an emerging consensus that all is not well with today’s market-centric economic model. Although it has delivered wealth over the last half century and pulled millions out of poverty, it is recession-prone, leaves too many unemployed, creates ecological scarcities and environmental risks, and widens the gap between the rich and the poor. Around $1 trillion a year in perverse subsidies and barriers to entry for alternative products maintain “business-as-usual” while obscuring their associated environmental and societal costs. The result is the broken system of social inequity, environmental degradation, and political manipulation that marks today’s corporations.
 
We aren’t stuck with this dysfunctional corporate model, but business needs a new DNA if it is to enact the comprehensive approach we need. Pavan Sukhdev lays out a sweeping new vision for tomorrow’s corporation: one that will increase human wellbeing and social equity, decrease environmental risks and ecological losses, and still generate profit. Through a combination of internal changes in corporate governance and external regulations and policies, Corporation 2020 can become a reality in the next decade—and it must, argues Sukhdev, if we are to avert catastrophic social imbalance and ecological harm.
 
Corporation 2020 presents new approaches to measuring the true costs of business and the corporation’s obligation to society. From his insightful look into the history of the corporation to his thoughtful discussion of the steps needed to craft a better corporate model, Sukhdev offers a hopeful vision for the role of business in shaping a more equitable, sustainable future.

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Editorial Reviews

Nature.com

“In his nuanced analysis, corporations need to align their aims with society, becoming viable communities, institutes and financial, human and natural capital ‘factories’.”

President, Jonathan Rose Companies - Jonathan F. P. Rose
"Pavan Sukhdev writes with extraordinary clarity, compassion and conscience, laying the ground for a whole system economics. Recognizing that all human activity is part of nature, and that nature is essential for human wellbeing, Sukhdev creates an economic framework for the restoration of human and natural systems. Corporation 2020 brilliantly lays out a pathway for corporations, countries and citizens towards the earth's health."
YouPhil.com
"Pavan Sukhdev discusses in every detail the problems we have created for ourselves today and our apathy towards participating in discussions which are no longer 'maybes' and 'ifs' but are in fact certainties. Yet in the end, he provides us with a positive manifesto for transformation. Corporation 2020, written with clarity and concern, offers a realistic framework within which we can redesign and rebuild our global community."
Seeking Alpha
"Corporation 2020 is an indispensable contribution to the global transformation of finance and corporations as humanity re-integrates centuries of knowledge and continues its inevitable transition from the first Industrial Era... Pavan Sukhdev is a powerful standard-bearer leading us to the cleaner, knowledge-rich Green Economy globally, and this book provides a benchmark and guide to this better future for humanity."
The Hindu
"A strong case for why corporations, extolled as agents of change, should transform themselves"
Nature

“In his nuanced analysis, corporations need to align their aims with society, becoming viable communities, institutes and financial, human and natural capital ‘factories’.”
Resurgence & Ecologist - John Elkington
"It's rare that reading someone else's book persuades you that a new book you are about to write is going in the wrong direction, but Corporation 2020 did that for (or perhaps to) me."
Nature
"In his nuanced analysis, corporations need to align their aims with society, becoming viable communities, institutes and financial, human and natural capital 'factories'."
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme - Achim Steiner
"Much has recently been written about how a new wave of 'green' corporations is just around the corner, an endogenously transformed phalanx of knights in shining armour just waiting to rescue us. Pavan Sukhdev says 'not so', but he also shows with consummate skill and clarity what exogenous changes can be made, to re-engineer the 'social contract' between society and corporations in the twenty-first century."
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity - Edward Norton
"The ideas and assertions in this book blow well past 'insightful' and edge toward 'revolutionary' insofar as they expose major fallacies in our most basic assumptions about what we call our 'economy'. It's an equally important exposure for corporate leaders and leaders of the movement for environmental sustainability, because both need to move beyond the 'infancy phase' in terms of truly understanding and acknowledging the value of natural resources. A seriously inspiring and, ultimately, very hopeful piece of work."
Professor of Law, Vermont Law School and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos - James Gustave Speth
"When Pavan Sukhdev comes along and writes an extraordinary book, and backs it up with an extraordinary campaign and a really good website to promote...a change in the basic culture, definition, and orientation of corporations in our society, it's very timely, and it's very important to take what he has to say seriously."
Nature
“In his nuanced analysis, corporations need to align their aims with society, becoming viable communities, institutes and financial, human and natural capital ‘factories’.”
The Hindu
"A strong case for why corporations, extolled as agents of change, should transform themselves"
Seeking Alpha
"Corporation 2020 is an indispensable contribution to the global transformation of finance and corporations as humanity re-integrates centuries of knowledge and continues its inevitable transition from the first Industrial Era... Pavan Sukhdev is a powerful standard-bearer leading us to the cleaner, knowledge-rich Green Economy globally, and this book provides a benchmark and guide to this better future for humanity."
President, Jonathan Rose Companies - Jonathan F. P. Rose
"Pavan Sukhdev writes with extraordinary clarity, compassion and conscience, laying the ground for a whole system economics. Recognizing that all human activity is part of nature, and that nature is essential for human wellbeing, Sukhdev creates an economic framework for the restoration of human and natural systems. Corporation 2020 brilliantly lays out a pathway for corporations, countries and citizens towards the earth's health."
YouPhil.com
"Pavan Sukhdev discusses in every detail the problems we have created for ourselves today and our apathy towards participating in discussions which are no longer 'maybes' and 'ifs' but are in fact certainties. Yet in the end, he provides us with a positive manifesto for transformation. Corporation 2020, written with clarity and concern, offers a realistic framework within which we can redesign and rebuild our global community."
Resurgence & Ecologist - John Elkington
"It's rare that reading someone else's book persuades you that a new book you are about to write is going in the wrong direction, but Corporation 2020 did that for (or perhaps to) me."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610912389
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pavan Sukhdev is the Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, an environmental consulting firm that helps governments and corporations value and manage their impacts on natural and human capital. A former banker at Deutsche Bank, he founded and chaired Global Markets Centre – Mumbai, a leading-edge front-office offshoring company. He has been Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, lead author of their “Green Economy Report”, and Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (“TEEB”). Pavan chairs the World Economic Forum’s “Global Agenda Council” on Biodiversity and serves on the boards of Conservation International and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Legal History of the Corporation 15

Chapter 2 The Great Alignment: 1945-2000 25

Chapter 3 Corporation 1920 49

Chapter 4 Through the Looking Glass of Corporate Externalities 67

Chapter 5 Incorporating Externalities 91

Chapter 6 Accountable Advertising 111

Chapter 7 Limiting Financial Leverage 133

Chapter 8 Resource Taxation 165

Chapter 9 Corporation 2020 187

Chapter 10 The World of Corporation 2020 211

Notes 237

Index 267

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

    Un-put-downable!. A must read for anyone looking to get a brief

    Un-put-downable!. A must read for anyone looking to get a brief history of how the current form of corporation evolved and took shape...and what the future corporations will look like.
    Pavan's background shines through the book with lots of figures and facts thrown in to make the business case - which is what we need - putting numbers to costs that companies have been conveniently externalizing.
    Chapter on Accountable Advertising made the most impact, putting the responsibility squarely back on the organizations.
    In short, this book sits at the intersection of economics & ecology by bringing the love back between the step brothers!

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