Making Sustainability Work

Making Sustainability Work

Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts

Book - 2008
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Epstein (management, Rice U.) gives advice on how to implement corporate sustainability practices in large organizations, building upon his own research and the "best practices" of some 100 real world companies. He devotes separate chapters to the role of senior management in developing strategy; organizational design issues underpinning sustainability; capital investment, costing and risk management strategies; measurement of sustainability process and results; measurement of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of corporate activities; the role of feedback and internal reporting; and external communications. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Epstein outlines the ethical arguments for sustainable business practices and lays out large-scale strategies on how to implement and measure the actual social and financial impacts of these initiatives.

Most companies today have some commitment to corporate social responsibility, but implementing these initiatives can be particularly challenging. While a lot has been written on ethical and strategic factors, there is still a dearth of information on the practical nuts and bolts. And whereas with most other organizational initiatives the sole objective is improved financial performance, sustainability broadens the focus to include social and environmental performance, which is much more difficult to measure.

Now updated throughout with new examples and new research, this is a complete guide to implementing and measuring the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives. It draws on Marc Epstein’s and new coauthor Adriana Rejc Buhovac’s solid academic foundation and extensive consulting work and includes best practices from dozens of companies in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, and Africa. This is the ultimate how-to guide for corporate leaders, strategists, academics, sustainability consultants, and anyone else with an interest in actually putting sustainability ideas into practice and making sure they accomplish their goals.

Publisher: Sheffield, UK : Greenleaf Pub. ; San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781576754863
Branch Call Number: 658.408 EPSTE
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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