Big Business, Big Responsibilities: From Villains to Visionaries: How Companies are Tackling the World's Greatest Challenges

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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Big business is often painted as the villain when it comes to the environment or social wellbeing. There is certainly good evidence of what some businesses have done wrong in the past. But times are changing. Leading businesses are often now the visionaries: leaders in the fight against climate change, protectors of human rights and supporters of international development.

Big Business, Big Responsibilities shares the inside track on why some of the world’s best known brands are doing this not as philanthropy but as a core part of business strategy: protecting the environmental systems they depend on, building consumer trust and creating new markets to ensure long term success.

This book describes the surprising speed with which business is recognizing that it will thrive best in societies that succeed and identifies the major challenges that still need to be overcome for business to make its full contribution.

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About the author (2010)

ANDY WALES is Director of Sustainable Development at SABMiller, a major global brewer, and one of the world's experts on responsible water management. He sits on the boards of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, the World Economic Forum Water Programme and the McKinsey / International Finance Corporation global water investment project. He is also a leading voice on the role of business in eliminating poverty and has led a major expansion of sourcing from smallholder farmers across Africa, India and Latin America. He was recently selected as a 2009 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. 

MATTHEW GORMAN is Director of Corporate Responsibility & Environment at BAA Ltd, the world's leading airport company, and one of the world's experts on transport and climate change. He leads the company-wide team that develops and delivers BAA's sustainable development strategy - tackling the company's environmental impacts and promoting local economic opportunities around airports. He works closely with government, business and NGO stakeholders in Europe and the UK and represents BAA on a number of external groups, including the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organisation's taskforce on carbon trading. He is deputy chair of 'Sustainable Aviation' - the UK aviation industry's sustainable development strategy, 

DUNSTAN HOPE is a Managing Director at Business for Social Responsibility, a global non-profit organization working with a network of over 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies through advice, research and cross-sector collaboration. He is one of the world's experts on corporate responsibility in the communications and technology industry and leads a global practice advising companies in the US, Europe and Asia on issues such as human rights, corporate governance and accountability. Dunstan facilitated the creation of the Global Network Initiative, which brought together the world's leading internet companies, human rights groups and academic experts to address issues of privacy and freedom of expression. He also led the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition to raise conditions in the electronics industry supply chain. Prior to joining BSR in 2004 Dunstan spent five years in British Telecommunications' corporate responsibility team, focused on reporting, public affairs and investor relations.

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