The Business of Sustainability
Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success
The world has changed. The challenge of business is no longer about individual companies competing against each other; it's supply networks competing with supply networks. Water—just like carbon emissions—is now recognized as a material risk that large business owners must address. "Sustainability" isn't just a corporate buzzword; it's a necessity.
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This three-volume set is a landmark comprehensive overview of the business of sustainability, providing 56 separate chapters from leaders in business, non-profit organizations, and from within the academic and policy world.
In today's business environment, "garbage" isn't simply worthless refuse to be disposed of anymore; it often represents a material with monetary value. The human population is using up about 30 percent more natural resources in one year than the earth can regenerate. Because businesses constitute half of the world's largest economies, there can be no sustainability without sustainable businesses.
The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success is a foundation set that effectively captures and articulates the why, what, who, and how of sustainability and business. Volume I covers the scientific, economic, and social underpinnings of sustainability and identifies the challenges facing business leaders. Volume II explores the global network of designers, producers, suppliers, distributors, and consumers that must be addressed as a unit from a cradle-to-cradle, life-cycle perspective. Volume III presents examples of success across many industries, demonstrating that sustainability is indeed possible.
Each volume analytically addresses the larger issues, such as the challenges of managing a business to the standards of sustainability, measuring progress or success, and creating—and maintaining—sustainable businesses. This monumental work provides a comprehensive treatment of sustainability in the world of businesses, exploring all of its dimensions: obstacles, metrics, opportunities, and pathways to success.
- Contributions from more than 70 authors recognized for their work in sustainability
- Several chapters with systemic frameworks
- Numerous case studies demonstrating successful approaches by industry innovators
- 55 figures with models and steps for analyses
- A bibliography with each chapter
- Provides actionable strategies for business people as well as examples of emerging technologies and materials useful for the sustainable manager
Identifies the key natural resource constraints and their business implications
Discusses real-world examples to highlight current business practices successfully implemented based on sustainability economics
Explores the common principles, strategies, methods, and goals that underpin sustainable business practices
Holds appeal for a diverse audience: academics, business owners, executives, and decision makers within local government