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The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value Through Social and Environmental Performanceby Chris Laszlo
Synopses & Reviews
What Mr. Laszlo calls 'Planetary Ethics' or the integration of economic, environmental, social and high ethical objectives into long-term business strategy, is the new price of entry for corporate survival. Those who 'get' this and do it best will enjoy increasing shareholder value. I believe this book carries a critical message for today's corporate executives. -DEBORAH D. ANDERSON, PH.D., FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY WORLDWIDE, THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Corporate governance and sustainability are moving from important peripheral problems to core business concerns, as winning companies discover stakeholders as new sources of value. Yet there are many obstacles to bringing these issues into the mainstream of business. Concepts like sustainable development can be confusing for operating managers, and even those who support the underlying issues find it difficult to frame them in ways that are useful for making business decisions. As a manager you have a responsibility to deliver financial returns to your shareholders: how can you balance this obligation with your responsibilities to society and the environment?
The Sustainable Company articulates an innovative approach to meeting this challenge in a language familiar to business. The key is to create value for investors as well as society and the environment in an integrated bottom line. The Sustainable Company provides detailed case studies of leading companies illustrating this new paradigm in practice. The how-to section with a tool-kit for managers elevates The Sustainable Company above other recent eco-friendly business books by providing the Eight Disciplines necessary to create value forshareholders and stakeholders. Its engaging, straightforward text tells the reader how to compete and thrive in an increasingly complex world. The Sustainable Company is the solutions manual for the 21st century manager.
"This is not a book of fluff or feel-good case studies. It's a handbook for organizational change. The instructions are specific, potential pitfalls are highlighted, and the appendix provides a detailed discussion of outside evaluation tools." -GREEN MARKET REPORT<BR>"The Sustainable Company offers some genuinely practical insights into what it really takes to improve stakeholder impacts." -ETHICAL CORPORATION<BR>"Laszlo endeavors to translate social and environmental concerns into the language of marketing and corporate strategy...well-meaning executives will find much food for thought here." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY<BR>"What Mr. Laszlo calls 'Planetary Ethics' or the integration of economic, environmental, social and high ethical objectives into long-term business strategy, is the new price of entry for corporate survival. Those who 'get' this and do it best will enjoy increasing shareholder value. I believe this book carries a critical message for today's corporate executives."-DEBORAH D. ANDERSON, PH.D., FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY WORLDWIDE, THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY<BR>The Sustainable Company shows how to create value for shareholders while balancing responsibilities to society and the environment. Its step-by-step approach and tool-kit for managers make this book the solutions manual for the twenty-first-century manager.<BR>
About the Author
CHRIS LASZLO is a partner and cofounder of Sustainable Value Partners, a firm helping companies create value for shareholders and stakeholders.
Table of Contents
PART I. The Leap to Sustainable Value
Chapter 1. Toward an Integrated Bottom Line
Chapter 2. The New Ethics in Business
Chapter 3. What Gets Measured Gets Managed
Chapter 4. Shareholder Value and Corporate Responsibility
Chapter 5. The Stakeholder Mind-set and Culture
PART II. Companies Creating Sustainable Value
Chapter 6. Patagonia, Inc.
Chapter 7. The Atlantic Richfield Corporation (arco)
Chapter 8. The Co-operative Bank
Chapter 9. Bulmers Limited
PART III. The Value Creation Tool Kit
Chapter 10. Introduction to the Tool Kit
Chapter 11. The Eight Disciplines
Chapter 12. Putting It All Together
Chapter 13. Surveys of Multinational Companies
Postscript: Leadership Skills and the Sustainable Firm
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