The Sustainability: The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic, and Environmental Responsibility

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Overview

The Sustainability Handbook covers the complexities, challenges, and benefits of sustainability when pursued by corporate, academic, government, and nonprofi t organizations. It provides a blueprint on how organizations of all sizes can reach or exceed economic, social, and environmental excellence. The handbook offers a wide variety of practical approaches and tools, including a model sustainability policy for organizations, summaries, and tips on selecting sustainability codes, an extensive collection of sample metrics, and more.

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Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

"A truly comprehensive review of sustainable development as it relates to organizations large and small. This book will help managers to think about the impact of their business on the people they employ, their customers, their shareholders, the environment and society at large. It also puts the many tools and guidelines in a context which allows for thoughtful selection."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585761029
  • Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 787
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction and Executive Summary xiii

Chapter 1 Addressing the Confusion About Sustainability: The Typical Executive View 1

Chapter 2 Determining Scope: An Operational Definition of Sustainability 17

Chapter 3 The Value of Sustainability: Why Bother? 33

Chapter 4 Building an SOS: The Key Elements and Basic Structure 123

Chapter 5 SOS Standards: The Roadmap for Change 163

Chapter 6 Strategic Planning for Focused Sustainability Improvement 189

Chapter 7 Selecting Goals and Indicators 225

Chapter 8 Bringing Sustainability to the Front Line: Deployment, Integration, and Alignment 257

Chapter 9 Data Systems, Auditing, and Other Monitoring and Accountability Mechanisms 281

Chapter 10 Transparent Sustainability Reporting 309

Chapter 11 Stakeholder Engagement; The Role of NGOs 373

Chapter 12 Approach to Sustainability for Small and Struggling Companies 419

Chapter 13 Approach to Sustainability for NGOs 431

Chapter 14 Approach to Sustainability for governmental Organizations 441

Chapter 15 Approach to Sustainability for Colleges and Universities 477

Chapter 16 Keeping the Initiative Alive: Making the SOS Sustainable 543

Appendices

Appendix 1 Summary of Sustainability Trends 551

Appendix 2 Sustainability-Related Codes of Organizational Behavior 647

Appendix 3 Sustainability-Related Management System Standards 687

Appendix 4 Planning Forms for Assessing and Prioritizing Sustainability Risks and Opportunities 703

Appendix 5 Method for Calculating Savings and Cost Avoidance for Baxter's Environmental Financial Statement 709

Appendix 6 Examples of Sustainability Issues for VariousFunctional Groups 713

Appendix 7 Examples of Sustainability Metrics 725

Appendix 8 Sustainability Resources for Universities 751

Acronyms 779

Index 789

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    Posted June 7, 2008

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    Mr Blackburn is a valuable source for any person researching sustainability or 'green' information/initiatives. Amazing speaker. Knowledgeable and well versed. Provides down to earth explanation and tools.

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