The Sustainability Handbook

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Earthscan, 2012 - Business & Economics - 822 pages
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The Sustainability Handbook covers all the challenges, complexities and benefits of sustainability for businesses, governments and other organizations. It provides a blueprint for how organizations can reach or exceed economic, social and environmental excellence. It offers a host of practical approaches and tools including a model sustainability policy for organizations, summaries of sustainability codes and tips on selecting them, an extensive collection of metrics and a wealth of supplementary reference material. This is the essential reference for every organization in pursuit of sustainability.

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This is a comprehensive and thorough book on sustainability for larger businesses, but it also contains chapters on applications for smaller companies, NGOs, and governmental entities. We use this as a textbook in the Corporate Sustainability Strategy class that I co-teach at Harvard University Extension School. It provides a broad overview of sustainability from all three perspectives – environmental, social and economic – and includes many examples to help illustrate the concepts. Our students have given it consistent positive reviews, partly because of the case study examples and also because of the extensive appendices that provide a reference to the other tools available in the field. I would recommend this to anyone serious about the nuts and bolts of sustainability and how to make it operational in your organization. It is an excellent reference for sustainability professionals as well as students. Suzanne Farver, ALM, JD, Faculty, Harvard University 

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very good for showing how coca cola has become popular due its rising interest in corporate responsibility


The Typical Executive View
An Operational Definition of Sustainability
Why Bother?
The Key Elements and Basic Structure
The Roadmap for Change
Chapter 6 Strategic Planning for Focused Sustainability Improvement
Chapter 7 Selecting Goals and Indicators
Deployment Integration and Alignment
Chapter 11 Stakeholder Engagement The Role of NGOs
Chapter 12 Approach to Sustainability for Small and Struggling Companies
Chapter 13 Approach to Sustainability for NGOs
Chapter 14 Approach to Sustainability for Governmental Organizations
Chapter 15 Approach to Sustainability for Colleges and Universities
Making the SOS Sustainable

Chapter 9 Data Systems Auditing and Other Monitoring and Accountability Mechanisms
Chapter 10 Transparent Sustainability Reporting

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William R. Blackburn is a lawyer and leading sustainability consultant with three decades of experience. Amongst his positions, Blackburn is a member of the Management Team of the Stakeholder Council, Global Reporting Initiative and expert delegate of the Working Group on the Guidance on Social Responsibility of ISO 26000. He was former Vice-President and Chief Counsel of Corporate Environment, Health and Safety at Baxter International Inc.