Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts

Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts

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Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts by Marc J. Epstein, Adriana Rejc Buhovac

The best practices in corporate sustainability performance are no longer the exclusive domain of companies like Ben & Jerry's or The Body Shop, as they were a decade ago; now, large, multinational companies like G.E. and Wal-Mart are leading the way with significant financial and organizational commitments to social and environmental issues. However, good intentions aren't enough. Whether motivated by concern for society and the environment, government regulation, stakeholder pressures, or economic profit, managers and strategists need to continue making significant changes to more effectively manage their social, economic, and environmental impacts-and to remain competitive. The guidance they need to do that is in this book.

Marc Epstein has produced the ultimate "how-to-do-it" guide for corporate leaders, strategists, academics, sustainability consultants, and anyone else with an interest in actually making sustainability work for organizations. With a growing number of corporate leaders asking for urgent help in "getting this done," the timing of the book could not be better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907643934
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

MARC J. EPSTEIN is Distinguished Research Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University and was recently Visiting Professor and Hansjoerg Wyss Visiting Scholar in Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School. A specialist in corporate strategy, governance, performance management, and corporate social responsibility, he is the author or co-author of over 100 academic and professional papers and more than a dozen books, including Counting What Counts, Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance, Making Innovation Work (with Tony Davila and Robert Shelton), and Implementing E-Commerce Strategies (Praeger, 2004), and co-editor and contributor to the multi-volume set, The Accountable Corporation (Praeger, 2005). A senior consultant to leading organizations and governments for over 25 years, he currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Management Accounting.

John Elkington is Chairman of SustainAbility, based in London and New York, and of The Environment Foundation. This is his sixteenth book - and follows on directly from Cannibals With Forks, also published by Capstone.

Herman B. ("Dutch") Leonard is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Sector Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he serves as faculty co-chair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches extensively in executive programs at the Business School and the Kennedy School and around the world in the areas of general organizational strategy, governance, performance management, crisis management and leadership, and corporate social responsibility. His work on leadership focuses on innovation, creativity, effective decision-making, and advocacy and persuasion. His current work in leadership and management is focused on the relationships among governance, accountability, and performance, and emphasizes the use of performance management as a tool for enhancing accountability. He has also worked and taught extensively in the area of crisis management and on issues related to corporate social responsibility. Professor Leonard is a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a 900,000-member Massachusetts HMO, of the Hitachi Foundation, and of the ACLU of Massachusetts. He was for a decade a member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority and of Civic Investments, and was a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Performance Enhancement.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Elkington Foreword Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard Introduction: Improving social and financial performance in global corporations Chapter 1 A new framework for implementing corporate sustainability Chapter 2 Leadership and strategy for corporate sustainability Chapter 3 Organizing for sustainability Chapter 4 Costing, capital investments, and the integration of social risk Chapter 5 Performance evaluation and reward systems Chapter 6 The foundations for identifying and measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts Chapter 7 Implementing a social, environmental, and economic impact measurement system Chapter 8 Improving corporate processes, products, and projects for corporate sustainability Chapter 9 External sustainability reporting and verification Chapter 10 The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society

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