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Business, Environment, and Society
Themes and Cases

ISBN 9780895038838
Published November 30, 2014 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

This book blends theory and practice to support courses in corporate social responsibility (CSR), business and society, and environmental management and sustainability. Based on her extensive work with companies, the author offers engaging readings and teaching cases that address key challenges for business today - measurement, supply chain management, public policy, and stakeholder pressures. Part I focuses on the macro-level and provides an overview of concepts such as the green economy, eco-industrial parks, corporate social responsibility (corporate citizenship), nanotechnology, and sustainable consumption. Part II provides specific frameworks and tools for sustainability management and measurement at the company level. Part III includes detailed teaching cases of several well-known firms. The main theme is that business is a key player in achieving a more sustainable development, yet its practices are often narrow in focus or shortsighted. The text provokes discussions around issues such as: Is business sustainability possible in a market economy focused on increasing consumption? Should a product or service be called "green" when it puts at risk the health and safety of workers? What can U.S. policymakers learn from their European counterparts when it comes to protecting human health and the environment? How can we ensure that the benefits of nanotechnology exceed its risks? How can sustainability indicators be used as a tool to advance sustainability by companies and policymakers? The book provides a flexible, up-to-date supplementary teaching tool for undergraduate and graduate students, executive education courses, and certificate programs. Intended Audience: Primarily undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in environmental management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, or business and society; as a supplementary text in professional education and certificate programs in environmental management, corporate citizenship, sustainability, and CSR.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mark Buckley, VP Environmental Affairs, Staples Inc.


Introduction by the author

I. Growing the Green Economy -Challenges and Opportunities

 Chapter 1: The State ofthe Green Economy and Green Jobs in the U.S.

 Chapter 2: The State of Corporate Citizenship 2009: The Recession Test

Chapter 3:  The Business Benefits of Eco-Industrial Parks: Insights from Devens, Massachusetts

 Chapter 4:  Product Stewardship in the U.S.: The Changing Policy Landscape and the Role of Business

 Chapter 5:  Gods of Small Things: Understanding and Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Risks of Nanotechnology

 Chapter 6:  Sustainable Consumption in Today's Market Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for Business

II. Sustainability Measurement and Management

 Chapter 7:  The Electronics Industry in a New Regulatory Climate: Protecting the Environment and Shareholder Value

 Chapter 8:  New EU Rules for the Cosmetics Industry: What Do They Mean for U.S. Companies and Stakeholders?

 Chapter 9:  Indicators of Sustainable Production

 Chapter 10:  Managing Corporate Citizenship: A New Tool for Companies

 Chapter 11:  Toward Developing a New Framework for Measuring the Business Value of Corporate Community Involvement Initiatives

III. Case Studies in CSR and Environmental Management

 Chapter 12:  Stonyfield Farm -The Business Model for Social and Environmental Responsibility

 Chapter 13: New Balance: Developing an Integrated CSR Strategy

 Chapter 14: Solutions Care Association: Developing an Integrated CSR Strategy

 Chapter 15: Measuring the Business Impact of Community Involvement: The Case of Volunteering at UL

 Chapter 16: PerkinElmer: Strategies for Old Instrument Reuse and Recycling

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