Synopses & Reviews
The idea of sustainability has been embraced enthusiastically by some businesses and rejected by others. The first wave of corporate converts to sustainability was perhaps driven by a public relations crisis, regulatory pressures or the founderandrsquo;s personal passion. The next wave, however, requires different drivers if it is to build a critical mass for corporate responsibility in the business community.
The Next Sustainability Wave assesses why companies have resisted sustainability strategies and focuses on two emerging drivers that promise to spur corporate commitment to sustainability strategies:
A compelling business case
A andldquo;perfect stormandrdquo; of threatening market forces on the horizon that range from climate change to the rising demands of stakeholders
An effective carrot-and-stick duo, these two drivers are both triggering the need for change and providing a vision of business success if the transition to sustainable operations, products and services is smartly managed.
Emphasizing the importance of how sustainability is presented to corporate leadersandmdash;using the right language and avoiding threats to the status quo that provoke habitual corporate defense mechanismsandmdash;the book applies effective selling techniques to reposition sustainability strategies as a means to achieving existing corporate ends, rather than as a separate priority to worry about. It sells sustainability as a solution, a business strategy and a catalyst for business transformation. An appendix gives a version of the sustainability business case for small- to medium-level enterprises.
Designed for quick reading and referenceandmdash;right pages furthering the argument, while left pages provide support materialsandmdash;the book is especially useful for those wanting to convince busy executives and board members.
Bob Willard is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and in the last two years has given over 100 keynote presentations to corporations, consultants, academics and nongovernmental organizations.
A timely and compelling guide for sustainability champions wanting to promote "deeper green" companies.
About the Author
Bob is the author of The Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line(New Society Publishers, 2002). He is a leading expert on the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and in the last two years has given over 110 keynote presentations to corporations, consultants, academics, and nongovernmental organizations.
During his 34-year IBM career, Bob held leadership positions in marketing, technical support, education, and human resources, including 20 years in management. Between 1990 and 2000, Bob led leadership development for IBM's 2,000 managers and executives in Canada. Since taking early retirement in 2000, he has worked full time on applying his business and leadership development experience to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with sustainability.
Bob recently served on the boards of Eco-Energy Durham and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). He currently serves on the advisory boards of The Natural Step, Canada, and the Certificate in Adult Training and Development at OISE / University of Toronto.