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Business and Environmental Sustainability
Foundations, Challenges and Corporate Functions

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ISBN 9781138632424
August 10, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
592 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Environmental sustainability is increasingly important to organisations, whether for regulatory, financial or ethical reasons. Business and Environmental Sustainability looks at the environmental aspect of sustainability for all organisations pursuing competitive advantage. The book provides theoretical foundations from science, economics, policy and strategy, introduces three environmental challenges (climate change, pollution and waste), and looks at how corporate functions can address these.

This textbook provides a thorough foundation by introducing readers to the science, reasoning and theory behind environmental sustainability, and then delves into how these ideas translate into principles and business models for organisations to actually use. Next, it covers environmental challenges from climate change, pollution and waste, and then goes on to examine the different corporate functions (from supply chain management to human resources) to illustrate how environmental sustainability is managed and put into practice in organisations. Finally, a set of integrative case studies draw everything together and enable the reader to apply various analytical tools, with the aim of understanding how companies can not only reduce their environmental footprint but can positively contribute to environmental sustainability.

Written by an award-winning lecturer, Business and Environmental Sustainability boasts a wealth of pedagogical features, including examples from a range of industries and countries, plus a companion website with slides, quiz questions and instructor material. This will be a valuable text for students of business and environmental sustainability and will also be suitable for broader courses on corporate responsibility and sustainability across environmental studies, political science and engineering.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The Past and the present

Part I Foundations

Introduction to part I

2. Theoretical perspectives from economics and science

3. Principles, philosophies and policies for corporate environmental sustainability

4. Strategies and business models for sustainability

Part II Environmental Challenges

Introduction to part II

5. Climate Change

6. Pollution

7. Waste

Part III Corporate Functions

Introduction to part III

8. Supply chain management for sustainability

9. Design, production and operations – greener and (c)leaner

10. Marketing, communication and sustainable consumption

11. Information technology and management systems for the environment

12. Accounting – sustainability reporting, accounting and finance

13. Human resource management for environmental sustainability

Part IV: Conclusion

Introduction to conclusion

14. Integrative case studies

15. Conclusion: The future

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Sigrun M. Wagner is Senior Lecturer in International Business and Sustainability at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Head of the Department for Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Management.