Sustainable Business: Key Issues 2nd New edition [Pehme köide]

(University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), (Aston University, UK)
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  • Ilmumisaeg: 24-Apr-2018
  • Kirjastus: Routledge
  • ISBN-10: 1138087904
  • ISBN-13: 9781138087903
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  • Kirjastus: Routledge
  • ISBN-10: 1138087904
  • ISBN-13: 9781138087903

Sustainable Business: Key Issues is the first comprehensive introductory-level textbook to address the interface between environmental challenges and business solutions to provide an overview of the basic concepts of sustainability, sustainable business, and business ethics. The book introduces students to the background and key issues of sustainability and suggests ways in which these concepts can be applied in business practice. Though the book takes a business perspective, it is interdisciplinary in its nature and draws on knowledge from socio-economic, political, and environmental studies, thereby providing a practical and critical understanding of sustainability in the changing paradigm of global business. It goes beyond the conventional theories of sustainability and addresses critical issues concerned with population, consumption, and economic growth. It discusses realistic ways forward, in particular the circular economy and Cradle to Cradle frameworks.

The book is both a theoretical and practical study guide for undergraduate and postgraduate international students of broad areas of sustainability, teaching ways to recognize opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of environmental, economic, ethical, and social systems. It takes a strategic approach in applying the power of business methods and policy to address issues of global importance such as climate change, poverty, ecosystem degradation, and human rights.

This textbook is essential reading for students of business, management, and sustainability courses. It is written in an engaging and accessible style, with each chapter including case studies, discussion questions, end of chapter summaries, and suggestions for further reading. This new edition is updated throughout, and contains an additional chapter on the circular economy.

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"The second edition of Sustainable Business: Key Issues is a solid introductory volume that allows students not only to get familiar with the issues of (un)sustainability in corporate contexts, but learn to recognize global obstacles to sustainability, as well as equip students to find viable solutions from the business perspective. The importance of Cradle to Cradle and circular economy framework is outlined as particularly relevant to strategic management of sustainability." Frans Meijers, PhD., Professor Emeritus, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. "This book represents a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on sustainability and business by offering a refreshingly different perspective from many mainline works in the field. The authors couple an insightful critique of current conventional viewpoints on sustainability with a conceptual menu of reasoned alternatives to move our global economic system closer to true sustainability." Peter N. Nemetz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Strategy and Business Economics, Sauder School of Business, University of BC, Canada "This book cuts through much of the waffle and jargon about both `sustainability' and `business'. Unlike many other books in this area, it does not dodge difficult issues such as overpopulation, overconsumption and ethics. It is not in denial of either humanity's grave predicament, nor of the solutions urgently needed - which exist and need to be acted on at all levels in society. I strongly recommend this book in its approach to discussing what business practices can be truly sustainable." Haydn Washington, author of `Demystifying Sustainability', and Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia "Sustainable Business is a clear, balanced and important introduction to a subject that needs everyone's close attention. Kopnina and Blewitt have done an excellent job in showing how businesses and business schools can help create a fairer and more sustainable world." Nicholas Theodorakopoulos BSc, MBA, PhD, Professor of Entrepreneurship Development, Head of Department, Work and Organisational Psychology, Director, Aston Centre for People and Organisations, UK "Sustainable Business: Key Issues by Helen Kopnina and John Blewitt provides a valuable introductory text into the (un)sustainability issues and challenges facing current business practice. It provides an accessible yet informative insight into both organisational and systemic issues that businesses face and goes so far as to suggest some potential solutions. It should prove of interest to both students and business practitioners." Professor Stuart Cooper, Professor of Accounting and Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, UK "The second edition of this book is very welcome because it is an accessible text that addresses the most critical challenges of our time which are now framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The book tackles a range of subjects and issues using an interdisciplinary approach to provide an understanding of what sustainable business really means for both students (of all disciplines) and business professionals, as well as outlining practical strategies to inspire action." Carole Parkes, Professor of Responsible Management, University of Winchester Business School, UK. "This book is a must-read for everyone who is driven to contribute to a better sustainable future. The authors shed light on some profound challenges taking place around the world and breakthrough innovations in sustainable business models. It is definitely an eye-opener." Dianne Potters, Founder 21Sustainable, The Netherlands Praise from the previous edition: "This book is bound to stimulate the reader's interest in the complex relationship between business and sustainability. With its comprehensive approach, covering a broad range and variety of issues, a critical discussion of traditional approaches and an offer of alternative views, it is certain not only to increase the reader's awareness of the business role in sustainability but also to engage them in thinking about effective solutions for sustainable business practices." Damir Urem, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

List of figures xvii
List of tables xx
List of boxes xxi
Foreword to the second edition xxii
List of abbreviations xxv
Part I Key concepts 1(46)
1 Introduction: key concepts in sustainability and business
3(20)
What is this book about?
3(6)
Brief definition of sustainability
4(2)
Evolution of sustainability thinking
6(3)
Business sustainability
9(6)
Why do business sustainably?
10(2)
Social and economic sustainability: linking business and society
12(2)
Environmental sustainability: linking business and environment
14(1)
Eco-efficiency
15(3)
Introducing Cradle to Cradle and circular economy
16(2)
What links business, ethics and sustainability?
18(1)
How to do business ethically and sustainably
18(1)
Chapter organization
19(2)
Case study: Patagonia - 'don't buy this jacket'
21(1)
Key terms
21(1)
Discussion questions
21(1)
End of chapter summary
22(1)
Class activity: identifying companies with the most impact
22(1)
2 Business ethics
23(24)
Linking sustainability and ethics
23(1)
Different types of ethics
24(2)
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
26(5)
Is CSR just a corporate myth?
28(1)
From CSR to corporate citizenship
29(2)
Human rights
31(1)
Labour issues: poverty, pay, and working conditions
32(4)
Fairtrade
34(2)
Business and poverty - 'bottom of the pyramid'
36(6)
Animal welfare
38(2)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
40(2)
Corporate governance
42(1)
Case study: Tata Steel, ethics, and sustainability
43(1)
Key terms
44(1)
Discussion questions
44(1)
End of chapter summary
45(1)
Class activity: Volkswagen (VW) management game
45(2)
Part II Critical evaluation: key challenges 47(68)
3 Environmental challenges
49(24)
What is meant by 'environment'?
49(1)
Environmental impacts
50(1)
Environmental problems
50(9)
Climate change
51(1)
Failing goals of reducing emissions
52(2)
Corporate response to climate change
54(1)
Loss of biodiversity
55(2)
Limits to growth
57(1)
Pollution and the industrial disasters
57(1)
Waste
58(1)
Causes and explanations
59(3)
Historical causes
60(1)
Tragedy of the commons
60(1)
Political causes
61(1)
Commodification of nature
62(3)
Ecological restoration and pollution control
65(2)
Ethical considerations
67(4)
Environmental values
67(4)
Case study: Marriott
71(1)
Question
71(1)
Key terms
71(1)
Discussion questions
72(1)
End of chapter summary
72(1)
Class activity
72(1)
4 Social and economic challenges
73(23)
Poverty
73(3)
Origins of poverty
75(1)
Poverty and sustainability
75(1)
Economic development
76(3)
Inequality and development
78(1)
Post-colonialism and neo-colonialism
78(1)
Population growth
79(5)
Causes of population growth
82(1)
Demographic transition theory
83(1)
What is sustainable development?
84(7)
Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
85(3)
Sustainable development paradox
88(2)
Sustainable development and inequality
90(1)
Business and sustainable development
91(2)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
92(1)
Managing sustainable development in business
93(1)
Case study: who is the victim of climate change?
93(1)
Question
94(1)
Key terms
94(1)
Discussion questions
94(1)
End of chapter summary
95(1)
Class activity: debate whether economic growth can be decoupled from an increase in consumption of natural resources
95(1)
5 Key challenges for making sustainability a reality
96(19)
The changing global business environment
96(1)
Paradoxes of sustainability
96(2)
Possibility versus dream
98(1)
Practical challenges
98(2)
Globalization of consumption
99(1)
Disputing the mainstream sustainable business models
100(2)
Short-term versus long-term solutions
102(4)
Critique of the triple bottom line
103(1)
Critique of 'sustainable' consumption
103(2)
Rebound effect
105(1)
Tackling oil dependency and climate scepticism
106(1)
Ethical challenges
106(6)
Intergenerational justice
106(2)
Biospheric egalitarianism
108(1)
Environmental justice versus ecological justice
108(2)
Charity paradox
110(2)
The question of demographics
112(1)
The role of decision-makers
112(1)
Case study: smartphones at school
113(1)
Questions
113(1)
Key terms
114(1)
Discussion questions
114(1)
End of chapter summary
114(1)
Class activity: No Impact Man
114(1)
Part III Globalization, technology, and new trends in business 115(64)
6 Globalization and business
117(22)
What is meant by globalization?
117(3)
Schools of globalization thinkers
118(1)
'Risk society'
119(1)
The relationship between globalization and sustainability
120(2)
Global organizations concerned with sustainability
120(1)
Globalization of sustainability concerns
121(1)
The greening of global supply chains
122(1)
Globalization of technology
122(7)
Health: medical technology
123(1)
Agriculture: the Green Revolution
124(2)
Manufacturing: Fordism and post-Fordism
126(2)
Technology: energy
128(1)
Digital technology
129(2)
The Internet of Things
129(2)
Globalization of neo-liberal democracy
131(1)
'Groupthink' or cultural hegemony: global spread
132(1)
Theories of development and innovation
133(3)
Ecological Kuznets Curve (EKC)
133(1)
Ecological modernization theory
133(2)
Post-material value theory
135(1)
Case study
136(2)
Key terms
138(1)
Discussion questions
138(1)
End of chapter summary
138(1)
Class activity: imagine you are the CEO of a global company
138(1)
7 Strategic change for sustainability
139(18)
Sustainability and competitive advantage
139(14)
Knowledge management
141(1)
Creativity and innovation
142(2)
Corporate visioning
144(2)
Green marketing and customer engagement
146(1)
Green shopping and market segmentation
147(1)
Responsible green advertising
148(3)
Brand value and sustainability
151(2)
Role of consultancies in promoting sustainability
153(1)
Case study: Walmart greening the supply chain
154(1)
Key terms
155(1)
Discussion questions
155(1)
End of chapter summary
155(1)
Class activity: marketing a green enterprise
156(1)
8 Human resource management, green jobs, and a green economy
157(22)
Knowledge and skills: human resource development
157(1)
Sustainability and HRM
158(5)
Whistleblowing
160(1)
HR and the social ecology of the organization
161(2)
Continuing professional development (CPD)
163(1)
Acquiring ecological self knowledge
163(1)
UN Principles for Responsible Management Education
164(3)
Sustainability and leadership
167(2)
Decent and sustainable work
169(3)
Green jobs in a green(ing) economy
172(2)
Eco-entrepreneurship
174(2)
Case Study: Unilever, Oxfam, and labour rights in Vietnam
176(1)
Key terms
177(1)
Discussion questions
177(1)
End of chapter summary
177(1)
Class activity: imagine you are the head of an HR team
178(1)
Part IV Solutions 179(82)
9 Creating a sustainable business practice
181(20)
Government regulation and policy
181(3)
Polluter Pays Principle
182(1)
The Precautionary Principle
182(1)
Extended Producer Responsibility
183(1)
The Participatory Principle
183(1)
Environmental management systems
184(1)
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
184(1)
Sustainable supply chain management
185(2)
Change management
187(2)
The Natural Step
187(2)
Eco-labels
189(3)
Sharing networks
191(1)
Corporate reporting
192(2)
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
194(1)
Green accounting systems and investment strategies
195(4)
Case study: Intel and a conflict-free supply chain
199(1)
Key terms
199(1)
Discussion questions
199(1)
End of chapter summary
200(1)
Class activity: companies meeting SDGs
200(1)
10 New strategic thinking
201(21)
Structural and social solutions
201(2)
Collaboration and stakeholder engagement-
201(2)
Communication: 'talking the walk' initiatives
203(1)
Understanding sustainable consumption
204(3)
Consumer choice editing
205(1)
Sharing economy
206(1)
Realizing impacts: direct and indirect
207(2)
Private and public action
208(1)
Business and NGO cooperation
209(1)
Green and ethical investment
209(2)
Business and technological solutions
211(1)
Business ecology
211(1)
Industrial ecology
212(1)
Life Cycle Assessment
212(3)
Sustainable design
215(2)
Biomimicry
216(1)
The Blue Economy
217(2)
Case study: slow fashion
219(1)
Key terms
220(1)
Discussion questions
220(1)
End of chapter summary
220(1)
Class activity: sustainable and ethical investment
221(1)
11 Cradle to Cradle (C2C)
222(18)
Cradle to Cradle: the cycle of rebirth
222(1)
Cradle-to-grave
222(1)
Being 'all good': eco-efficiency versus eco-effectiveness
223(1)
Nutrient cycles
224(3)
Key principles of C2C
225(2)
C2C certification schemes
227(1)
Applicability of C2C principles to certification
227(1)
Material Health
227(1)
Material Reutilization
228(1)
Renewable Energy and Carbon Management
228(1)
Water Stewardship
228(1)
Social Fairness
228(1)
Incorporating Cradle to Cradle design in products
228(2)
Challenges to C2C
230(1)
Case studies: Satino Black, gDiapers, Climatex
230(8)
A Cradle to Cradle case study of Van Houtum's Satino Black toilet paper
231(3)
gDiapers: shifting to a Cradle to Cradle diaper
234(4)
Key terms
238(1)
Discussion questions
238(1)
End of chapter summary
238(1)
Class activity: converting an existing product into Cradle to Cradle
238(2)
12 Towards a circular economy
240(21)
From optimizing existing models to revolutionary change
240(1)
Background of the circular economy concept
240(6)
Drivers of change
241(2)
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
243(1)
Product-service systems (PSS)
244(1)
The question of design
244(1)
Organization of processes
245(1)
Disruptive innovation
245(1)
Assessing progress towards circularity
246(5)
The risk of subversion
248(2)
Progress or a return to roots?
250(1)
Scaling up circular economy
251(1)
Closing the loop
252(2)
Summarizing hopeful sustainability frameworks
254(1)
Case study: the circular economy - business as usual or a necessary change?
254(5)
Key terms
259(1)
Discussion questions
259(1)
End of chapter summary
259(1)
Class activity: student assignment on Cradle to Cradle and a circular economy
259(2)
Glossary 261(7)
Bibliography 268(16)
Index 284
Helen Kopnina is a researcher in the fields of environmental education and environmental social science at The Hague University of Applied Science (HHS), The Netherlands. She is a coordinator of the Sustainable Business program and publishes in areas of sustainability, environmental education, and biological conservation. John Blewitt was Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK, until his retirement in 2017. He has published widely on education and sustainability issues and is author of Understanding Sustainable Development, 3rd edition (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of The Post-Growth Project (LPP/Green House, 2014).

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