Conscious Endeavors: Essays on Business, Society and the Journey to Sustainability

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Scriptorium/Palimpsest Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 173 pages

Written by one of Canada's most experienced sustainability strategists, this collection of essays and speeches organized into four sections--Origins, Homage, Reflection, and Renewal--blends business advice, autobiographical reflection, and poetic meditation to explain why companies have a responsibility to protect the environment. Drawing on examples from economics, environmental studies, history, and popular culture, the discussions show that humans like to elevate themselves and do good for others--ideals that transcend the importance of profit and loss.

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Contents

Origins
3
HOMAGE
29
Charles David Keeling
44
Reflection
59
Measurement and Management in Business
73
Oil Profits Global Warming and the Nature of Business
79
Renewal
86
Confronting Ridiculous Truths l
100
Bridging the Gap Between Strategy and Sustainability l 2 6
126
How Sustainability Helps Win the War for Talent l 3 4
134
A Winning Strategy for the New Economic Game i 4 3
145
Leaning into the Light 1 49
158
64
164
Index 1
170
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About the author (2009)

Robert M. Abbott is a business strategist, an environmental consultant, a speaker, and a writer. He has contributed to a number of magazines and newspapers and is the author of Uncommon Cents: Thoreau and the Nature of Business. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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