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Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage / Edition 1
     

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage / Edition 1

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by Daniel C. Esty, Andrew S. Winston
 

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ISBN-10: 0300119976

ISBN-13: 9780300119978

Pub. Date: 10/09/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book explains what every executive should know to manage the environmental challenges facing society and the business world. Based on the authors' rich experience with forward-thinking companies around the world, Green to Gold demonstrates how corporations create value by building environmental thinking into their overall business

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This book explains what every executive should know to manage the environmental challenges facing society and the business world. Based on the authors' rich experience with forward-thinking companies around the world, Green to Gold demonstrates how corporations create value by building environmental thinking into their overall business strategies. Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston provide clear 'how to' advice for making sense of environmental challenges, and they offer detailed case examples of how companies achieve both environmental and business success—establishing an eco-advantage in the marketplace.   Green to Gold is written for executives at all levels and businesses of all kinds. It guides the business leader through pollution and natural resource management issues and the growing pressure from outside stakeholders to strive for 'sustainability'. While highlighting successful strategies, Esty and Winston also examine why environmental initiatives may fail despite best intentions.   With practical suggestions for incorporating environmental thinking into core business strategy, and with a clear focus on execution—not legalisms, platitudes and abstractions—Esty and Winston present a thoughtful, pragmatic roadmap that shows how companies can use environmental pressures and responsibilities to spark innovation and drive growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300119978
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Introduction. The Environmental Lens.

Part One. Preparing for a New World.

1. Eco-Advantage.

Issues and opportunities for business in an environmentally sensitive world.

2. Natural Drivers of the Green Wave.

Environmental problems and how they shape markets.

3. Who's Behind the Green Wave?

Stakeholders and the power they wield.

Part Two. Strategies for Building Eco-Advantage.

4. Managing the Downside.

Green-to-Gold Plays to reduce cost and risk.

5. Building the Upside.

Green-to-Gold Plays to drive revenues and create intangible value.

Part Three. What WaveRiders Do.

6. The Eco-Advantage Mindset.

Looking through an environmental lens.

7. Eco-Tracking.

Understanding your company's environmental “footprint”.

8. Redesigning Your World.

Designing for the environment and “greening” the supply chain.

9. Inspiring an Eco-Advantage Culture.

Creating an organizational focus on environmental stewardship

Part Four. Putting It All Together.

10. Why Environmental Initiatives Fail.

Pitfalls to avoid on the way to Eco-Advantage.

11. Taking Action.

Execution for sustained competitive advantage.

12. Eco-Advantage Strategy.

Key Eco-Advantage plays, tools, and plans.

Appendix 1. Additional Resources.

Appendix 2. Methodological Overview.

Appendix 3. Most Relevant Tools for Each.

Green-to-Gold Play.

Notes.

Index.

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Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Sesame Street's Kermit the Frog famously observed, 'It's not easy being green.' Whether easy or not, environmental and social pressures are pushing more and more companies to ride the 'green wave' to ecological sustainability. In this beautifully organized, crisply written book, Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston, both Yale professors, describe how sustainability can create competitive advantage. They succinctly make the business case for sustainability, and then provide a playbook of green strategies and tactics. The presentation is neither too abstract nor too detailed: It's just right. Nor is their presentation one-sided: They enumerate many ways sustainable products and strategies can go wrong. While some of their suggestions may seem obvious, the authors deserve praise for collecting so many excellent tips and tricks, and for describing them in memorable (mostly) jargon-free prose. We highly recommend this smart book to any business leader who wants to move beyond rhetoric to action. While Kermit's wisdom is doubtless correct, this handbook makes being green much easier.