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  • Copyright 2015
  • Pages: 658
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-348059-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-348059-7

A brand new collection introducing today's highest-value sustainable business processes… 3 authoritative books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price!

3 authoritative Books help you drive real competitive advantage from sustainability -- from planning and strategy through execution and metrics

Sustainability strategies offer powerful opportunities to increase profitability, accelerate growth, improve brand value, and reduce business risk. In this unique 3 eBook package, three world-class experts introduce business sustainability and show how to achieve these benefits throughout your own organization. In Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy, Kevin Wilhelm introduces new best practices for capitalizing on the many business opportunities presented by climate change. Through real-world case studies of firms ranging from Yakima to Lockheed Martin, Wilhelm shows how enterprises have significantly improved business performance by improving their climate performance. Wilhelm also identifies key climate-related business risks that will require businesses to act whether they want to or not. Wilhelm helps you make the business case for seriously addressing climate change -- and, once you've made that case, he offers you practical strategies and techniques for successful execution. Next, in Better Green Business: Handbook for Environmentally Responsible and Profitable Business Practices, Dr. Eric G. Olson brings together practical insights and start-to-finish strategies for driving “win-win-win” gains in revenue, efficiency, and environmental performance. He introduces powerful methodologies and technologies for increasing operational efficiency and reducing waste, including IBM’s impactful Green Sigma™ approach. You'll find new ways to drive value by “instrumenting the planet,” and discover the technologies that now make this possible. Olson concludes by identifying long-term trends that make “green business” approaches increasingly indispensable. Finally, in Financial Times Briefings: Sustainable Business, Brian Clegg delivers concise, practical, and actionable advice for integrating sustainability in ways that improve both the environment and your bottom line. Organized to deliver fast and realistic answers to today's most common business sustainability challenges, this FT Briefing presents targeted strategies, detailed tactics, real business cases, crucial consensus-building techniques, effective metrics, proven executive interventions, and much more. Whether you're new to business sustainability or you want to strengthen your current initiatives, this collection brings together the best practices and expert advice you need right now.

From world-renowned business sustainability experts Kevin Wilhelm, Eric Olson, and Brian Clegg

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy

Acknowledgments    v

Foreword    vii

Introduction    xi

Section 1: Addressing Climate Change: The Business Benefit    1

Chapter 1: The Climate Imperative    3

Chapter 2: Carbon Footprinting    11

Chapter 3: Business Benefit    25

Chapter 4: Return on Sustainability (ROS)    41

Section 2: Policy, Regulation, & Carbon    59

Chapter 5: Public Policy    61

Chapter 6: Carbon Taxes & Cap and Trade    75

Section 3: The Market: Demanding Action    91

Chapter 7: Energy    93

Chapter 8: Finance    105

Chapter 9: Insurance    125

Chapter 10: Supply Chain Management    133

Chapter 11: Marketing to Green Consumers    147

Chapter 12: Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting    157

Final Thoughts    167

About My Firm: Sustainable Business Consulting    169

Glossary    177

Appendix A: Equator Principles Financial Institutions    183

Appendix B: United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment    187

Appendix C: Comparison of Businesses Across Various Sustainability Rankings 2007    191

Appendix D: CSR Standards & Certifications    197

Appendix E: Interview & Text Box References    203

Endnotes    207

Better Green Business: Handbook for Environmentally Responsible and Profitable Business Practices

Preface    xv

Part I: Establish a Strategy and Transformation Plan

Chapter 1: Driving Forces and Challenges That Organizations Face    3

Chapter 2: Formulate Green Strategy to Complement Traditional Strategy    23

Chapter 3: Green Strategy Supports Operational Improvements    43

Chapter 4: Make Green Strategy Actionable with a Proven Approach    59

Part II: Apply Proven Transformation Methods

Chapter 5: Transformation Methods and Green Sigma    85

Chapter 6: Applying Green Sigma to Optimize Carbon Emissions    107

Part III: Technology Innovations and Solutions

Chapter 7: Instrumenting the Planet for an Intelligent, Sustainable World    123

Chapter 8: Technology That Supports Instrumenting the Planet    141

Chapter 9: Business Considerations for Technology Solutions    157

Part IV: Conclusions

Chapter 10: Critical Trends Shaping the Future    175

Endnote References    185

Index    219

Financial Times Briefings: Sustainable Business

PART ONE In brief    1

Chapter 1: Executive summary    3

Chapter 2: What is sustainable business?    5

Chapter 3: Why do it?    9

Chapter 4: Who is doing it? Who has done it?    17

PART TWO In practice    31

Chapter 5: How to do it: strategy guide    33

Chapter 6: How to do it: detailed considerations    47

Chapter 7: How to justify it: developing a business case    71

Chapter 8: How to manage it    85

Chapter 9: How to measure it    93

Chapter 10: How to talk about it    105

PART THREE Intervention    119

Chapter 11: Executive intervention    121

PART FOUR In depth    129

Chapter 12: Additional resources    131

Index    141

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