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Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability

Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability, 2nd Edition

Using Proven Tools to Promote Business Success
By Suzanne Farver, ALM, JD
Softcover, 6x9, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-170-6
August 2019

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Retail Price: $39.95
Direct Price: $34.95

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“Suzanne Farver has blessed us with a terrific review of the current landscape of some of the best tools and strategies for infusing sustainability into the lifeblood of any organization. It’s the book I wished I had when I was struggling to deal with sustainability at the Fortune 500 company I worked for years ago.”

William R. Blackburn, JD, Author of The Sustainability Handbook

“This book is a cornerstone resource for my Harvard class on Corporate Sustainability Strategy. It is a well-structured presentation of the content and provides my students with a clear understanding of the processes and tools available to develop a successful sustainability program. More importantly, it provides a great basis for rich discussions about the case studies we use in class and serves a reference for them after they have finished their coursework.”

Matthew Gardner, PhD, Managing Partner Sustainserv, Adjunct Faculty Harvard University

About the Item

Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability is a practical guide to the leading tools and resources used to successfully integrate sustainability into a company’s corporate culture. Through the examples of companies from around the world, it provides an overview of the basics of any successful sustainability program, including the various international standards and performance frameworks that can be adapted to companies striving to improve their sustainability performance. These standards are summarized and explained in clear language and a conversational tone, allowing the reader to absorb what can be a complicated maze of resources.

Used as the centerpiece for a popular corporate sustainability class taught on campus and online at Harvard University Extension School, as well as other universities around the U.S., this guide provides students and professionals alike with an overview of the most valuable management tools and resources available today. This second edition has been expanded with updated resources and a greater emphasis on climate change and reducing a firm’s carbon footprint.

Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability provides an understanding of the pitfalls and challenges of this ever-changing field. It helps the reader become adept at asking the right questions and speaking the language of sustainability professionals, providing guidance to become a leader in this important business arena. Recommendations for additional reading are provided throughout, allowing the reader to delve more deeply into the subject at any stage. 

Key Features
  • Provides step-by-step processes for building a corporate sustainability program from the ground up
  • Emphasizes environmental and social responsibility while providing tools to promote successful financial measurement and economic success
  • Includes key ingredients to enrich any existing sustainability program and prioritizes the various choices for action
  • Helps to identify risk and opportunity to create economic success when environmental and social challenges arise
  • Includes advice on stakeholder engagement and meeting communication challenges in today’s shifting business world
  • Describes how to develop strategies and systems management to promote successful transitions from inefficient operations
  • Gives information about reporting and how to develop a clear and successful sustainability report
  • Supplies ideas for innovation, design, and marketing to promote responsible stewardship and successful customer relations
  • Provides key advice for supply chain management and meeting value chain challenges for multi-national corporations
  • Offers a great balance between application of the tools/metrics/frameworks and the understanding of the philosophical underpinnings
  • Integrates the various elements of sustainability into a cohesive and systematic methodology that broadens how you will view corporate responsibility and the options available for addressing the pressing sustainability challenges facing our world
  • WAV offers teaching material for adopting professors—available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
  • About the Author(s)

    Suzanne Farver, ALM, JD, has spent her career leading organizations toward more responsible management and has a strong track record of building consensus and emulating vision. She holds a BA in economics from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa), a JD from University of Denver, and an ALM in environmental management from Harvard University Extension School (class marshal).

    Her educational work includes teaching Corporate Sustainability Strategy at Harvard University Extension School, a course she helped develop in the fall of 2010. Suzanne’s nonprofit management includes serving as finance chair for the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) board during its merger with the Carbon War Room. During that time, RMI tripled in size and impact and continues now as a leading organization helping the business community drive energy savings and reduce carbon emissions worldwide.

    Since 2006 Suzanne has served on the board of Presidio Graduate School (PGS), including board chair from 2015 to 2018, during a time of enormous transition for the school. Under Suzanne’s leadership, the school entered a new partnership with Amity University, a leading nonprofit international university with campuses worldwide. This new venture greatly increases the impact of the PGS mission, which includes promoting business practices that recognize the importance of social justice. PGS awards MBAs and MPAs who are focused on sustainable management principles and was mentioned in The New York Times as the best MBA program to attend if you want to change the world.

    Suzanne is also the author of a companion book to this text, Pathways to Success: Case Studies for Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability.

    Table of Contents

    CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY

    CHAPTER 2: THE CORPORATION PERSPECTIVE

    CHAPTER 3: BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

    CHAPTER 4: SUSTAINABILITY FOOTPRINT

    CHAPTER 5: GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

    CHAPTER 6: STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

    CHAPTER 7: ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

    CHAPTER 8: SOCIAL WELL-BEING

    CHAPTER 9: ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

    CHAPTER 10: CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

    CHAPTER 11: SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    CHAPTER 12: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

    CHAPTER 13: SUSTAINABILITY METRICS

    CHAPTER 14: REPORTING ON SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE

    CHAPTER 15: DESIGN, MARKETING, AND STEWARDSHIP

    CHAPTER 16: INNOVATION

    CHAPTER 17: CONCLUSION

    APPENDICES

    INDEX

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