An Introduction to Corporate Environmental Management: Striving for Sustainability

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Greenleaf, Jan 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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This book is designed to meet the urgent need for a comprehensive and definitive introduction and teaching text on corporate environmental management. It will become the standard textbook for courses examining how business can take the environment into account while also providing an accessible and thorough overview of this increasingly multidisciplinary subject for practitioners.

Written by the internationally acknowledged experts Stefan Schaltegger and Roger Burritt (authors of the highly influential Contemporary Environmental Accounting) along with Holger Petersen, the book invites the reader to join in an exploration of the ways in which companies can engage in environmental management and why such engagement can be profitable for business. The reader is invited to: examine whether the contents reflect their own experience, takes their experience further, or opposes their own views; note which of the ideas presented are especially important, add to those ideas, or encourage a reaction (positive or negative); answer questions creatively (based on their own perspective of the issues); encourage themselves to be inspired by questions, which can be investigated further through other written sources of information, such as books you will be guided to through the bibliography, the Internet or the general media; and think about and plan the ways in which the knowledge provided can be implemented in your own situation.

The book is organized into four main sections. First, the fundamental ideas and linkages behind business management, the environment and sustainable development are briefly but clearly sketched. The second part of the book outlines the criteria against which environmentally-oriented business management can be assessed and the fields of action in which success can be achieved. The third part presents a discussion and examples of strategies for environmental management, which are linked, in the fourth part, to the essential tools of environmental management, especially green marketing, environmental accounting and eco-control.

The book is full of case studies and examples related to the main contents of each chapter and each chapter provides a number of questions for the student or reader to address.

An Introduction to Corporate Environmental Management is both a textbook and a sourcebook. The reader can either work through the material in a structured way or dip into the content and follow up on specific areas of interest. The materials are designed to be used for understanding and reference, rather than to be learned by heart. The primary aim is for the reader to obtain a practical understanding of the relationship between management and environmental issues which can be applied in day-to-day situations __whether as part of a student's wider view of management or within the practitioner's real-world situation. It will be essential reading for many years to come.

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About the author (2003)

Prof. Dr Stefan Schaltegger is a full professor of Corporate Environmental Management and director of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at the University of L neburg, Germany. Between 1996 and 1998 he was an assistant professor of economics leading the chair of public economics and policy at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he became an associate professor for management in 1998. After his PhD in Environmental Management in 1992 he spent one year as a visiting research fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

His research areas include environmental accounting and information management, sustainable finance, sustainable entrepreneurship, stakeholder management and the integration of environmental economics and management.

Stefan is member of the editorial board of the international journals Business Strategy and the Environment and Greener Management International, and of the editorial advisory board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, the steering committee of the European Eco-management and Accounting Network (EMAN-EU), the SustainAbility Faculty, London and the board of the RIO Impulse Management Forum, Switzerland.

Stefan has lectured at various universities, including the Universities of Basel and Bern, the Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, the University of Jyv skyl Finland, and the HCMC University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Roger L. Burritt, BA (Jt Hons) (Lancaster, UK), M. Phil (Oxford, UK), FCPA (Australia), CA (Australia), CMA (Australia), ACIB (London), is a Reader in the School of Business and Information Management and member of the National Institutes of the Environment, and Economics and Business, at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, where the environment, management and accounting are his main areas of research and teaching. He is also the International Co-ordinator of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability (APCEA), a networking group for people with an interest in environmental management, environmental accounting, reporting and accountability. APCEA has branches in Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Roger has lectured widely throughout the world, is a member of the Environmental Management Accounting Network–Asia Pacific (EMAN–AP) Steering Committee and the Sustainability Experts Reference Group for the ACT Government in Australia.


Holger Petersen has been working at the UmweltBank AG N rnberg, since January 2003. The UmweltBank AG N rnberg is a leading environmentally focused financial institution in Germany. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked as a research assistant to Prof. Stefan Schaltegger at the Centre for Sustainability Management at the University of L neburg. His PhD was on the subject of ecopreneurship and strategic management. Holger conducted empirical research and wrote case studies on the competitiveness of leading environmental companies with a special focus on SMEs.

Together with Stefan Schaltegger, Holger Petersen has written more than ten German course books on corporate environmental management and co-ordinated the course materials on environmental management for the leading German distance-learning university in Hagen. At the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) he was an initiator of the world’s first MBA programme on Sustainability Management and Entrepreneurship which is currently under development.

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