The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance / Edition 1

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Overview

Short-term profits are still the focus for many Fortune 500 companies, but others have recognized that social and environmental responsibility are core elements of a successful business strategy. The Sustainable Company provides detailed case studies of leading companies, illustrating this new paradigm in practice. The "how-to" section with a tool kit for managers elevates The Sustainable Company above other recent eco-friendly business books by providing eight disciplines necessary to create value for shareholders and stakeholders. It is the solutions manual for the twenty-first century manager.
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Editorial Reviews

Ethical Corporation

"The Sustainable Company offers some genuinely practical insights into what it really takes to improve stakeholder impacts."
Green Market Report

"This is not a book of fluff or feel-good case studies. It's a handbook for organizational change. The instructions are specific, potential pitfalls are highlighted, and the appendix provides a detailed discussion of outside evaluation tools."
formerly of Procter & Gamble - Deborah D. Anderson

"What Mr. Laszlo calls 'Planetary Ethics' or the integration of economic, environmental, social and high ethical objectives into long-term business strategy, is the new price of entry for corporate survival. Those who 'get' this and do it best will enjoy increasing shareholder value. I believe this book carries a critical message for today's corporate executives."
formerly of Procter & Gamble Deborah D. Anderson

"What Mr. Laszlo calls 'Planetary Ethics' or the integration of economic, environmental, social and high ethical objectives into long-term business strategy, is the new price of entry for corporate survival. Those who 'get' this and do it best will enjoy increasing shareholder value. I believe this book carries a critical message for today's corporate executives."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597260183
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Laszlo spent nearly ten years as an executive at Lafarge S.A, a world leader in building materials, holding positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary and vice president of business development. Prior to that he spent five years with Deloitte & Touche, where he consulted to global industry leaders such as Dupont, Toshiba, Avon Products, and Renault on strategy. Educated at Swarthmore, Columbia, and the University of Paris, Laszlo earned a PhD with distinction in Economics and Management Science. He is currently a partner and co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners (http://www.SustainableValuePartners.com), a firm helping companies create value for shareholders and stakeholders.

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Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
 
PART I. The Leap to Sustainable Value
Introduction
Chapter 1. Toward an Integrated Bottom Line
Chapter 2. The New Ethics in Business
Chapter 3. What Gets Measured Gets Managed
Chapter 4. Shareholder Value and Corporate Responsibility
Chapter 5. The Stakeholder Mind-set and Culture
 
PART II. Companies Creating Sustainable Value
Chapter 6. Patagonia, Inc.
Chapter 7. The Atlantic Richfield Corporation (arco)
Chapter 8. The Co-operative Bank
Chapter 9. Bulmers Limited
 
PART III. The Value Creation Tool Kit
Chapter 10. Introduction to the Tool Kit
Chapter 11. The Eight Disciplines
Chapter 12. Putting It All Together
Chapter 13. Surveys of Multinational Companies
 
Postscript: Leadership Skills and the Sustainable Firm
 
Appendix
Notes
Further Reading
Index
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