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Making sustainability work: best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts

Author: Epstein, Marc J. Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 288 p. : Graphs/Ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781906093051Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Book Europe Campus
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Print HD6950.4 .E77 2008
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Making Sustainability Work Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts Contents List of cases, figures, and tables .............................................................................. 8 Foreword ......................................................................................................... 11 John Elkington, SustainAbility Foreword ......................................................................................................... 13 Herman B. "Dutch Leonard," Harvard Business School Preface ............................................................................................................ 15 Introduction: Improving social and financial performance in global corporations ................................................................................................ 19 Why it's important ................................................................................... Managing corporate sustainability ............................................................... The Corporate Sustainability Model ............................................................. Background to this book ........................................................................... Making sustainability work ........................................................................ And finally 21 23 25 26 29 32 I A new framework for implementing corporate sustainability ........... 33 What is sustainability? .................................................................................................................................. 36 Identify your stakeholders ......................................................................... 41 Be accountable ...................................................................................... 43 Corporate Sustainability Model ................................................................... 45 Summary .............................................................................................. 57 2 Leadership and strategy for corporate sustainability ....................... 58 Board commitment to sustainability ............................................................. 59 CEO commitment to sustainability ............................................................... 60 Leadership and global climate change ......................................................... 62 Developing a corporate sustainability strategy ................................................ 64 Thinking globally ..................................................................................... 67 The role of the corporate mission statement ................................................ 71 Voluntary standards and codes of conduct .................................................. 73 Working with government regulations ......................................................... 79 Social investors and sustainability indices ................................................... 81 Summary .............................................................................................. 84 3 Organizing for Sustainability ................................................................. 85 The challenge for global corporations ......................................................... 85 Involve the whole organization .................................................................. 90 Information flow and a seat at the table ....................................................... 93 Outsourcing .......................................................................................... 95 Philanthropy and collaboration with NGOs ................................................... 97 Summary ............................................................................................ 102 4 Costing, capital investments, and the integration of social risk 103 The capital investment decision process .................................................... 103 Capital budgeting in small and medium enterprises ..................................... 107 Costs in the decision-making process ....................................................... 108 Costing systems ................................................................................... 110 Risk assessment .................................................................................. 113 Summary ............................................................................................ 123 5 Performance evaluation and reward systems ..................................... 125 Performance evaluation systems ............................................................. Incentives and rewards .......................................................................... Strategic performance measurement systems ............................................ Shareholder value analysis ..................................................................... Summary ............................................................................................ 126 132 137 140 142 6 The foundations for measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts ............................................................................................... 143 The concept of value ............................................................................. Methodologies for measuring social and environmental impacts ..................... Methodologies for measuring social and environmental risks ......................... Summary ............................................................................................ 145 148 156 162 7 Implementing a social, environmental, and economic impact measurement system............................................................ 163 Mapping the actions that drive performance ............................................... 164 Sustainability performance metrics ........................................................... 166 Engage with your stakeholders ................................................................ 178 Measuring reputation ........................................................................... 180 Measuring risk .................................................................................... 183 Measuring social and environmental impacts ............................................ 190 Summary .......................................................................................... 196 8 Improving corporate processes, products, and projects for corporate sustainability ..................................................................... 198 Organizational learning: the new battleground? ..................................................................... 199 Improving sustainability performance ...................................................... 203 Reducing social and environmental impact ............................................... 208 Involve the supply chain ....................................................................... 213 Internal reporting ................................................................................ 217 Summary .......................................................................................... 222 9 External sustainability reporting and verification ....................... 223 Global Reporting Initiative ..................................................................... 224 Let everyone know how you're doing ...................................................... 226 External disclosure of sustainability measures .......................................... 232 Verifying sustainability performance and reporting ..................................... 236 Internal sustainability audits .................................................................. 237 External sustainability audits ................................................................. 240 Summary .......................................................................................... 247 10 The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society .......... 249 Make sustainability work ....................................................................... 250 Use the Corporate Sustainability Model to improve performance ................... 255 Create opportunities for innovation ......................................................... 257 A last word ........................................................................................ 260 Endnotes ....................................................................................................... 262 Bibliography ................................................................................................... 270 Index ............................................................................................................. 282

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