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Corporate Sustainability
The Next Steps Towards a Sustainable World

ISBN 9781138193765
Published August 21, 2018 by Routledge
196 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on corporate sustainability and how it evolves through innovation and new business models. Despite what has been accomplished to date, there is an urgent need for further steps to be taken and this book presents a nuanced but compelling plea for collaboration between businesses, government and civil society.

Drawing upon empirical research, the authors look at recent approaches to corporate sustainability, the circular economy and strategic corporate social responsibility. The book examines these issues from multiple viewpoints, including cultural, social and religious. More specifically, the book explores the freight sector (smart freight leadership), the banking sector (sustainable banking) and Islamic finance and sustainability, detailing the contribution of faith-based organizations to promoting sustainability and the greening of church buildings. Overall, this book captures the emerging new business models and capabilities firms need to implement sustainability.

This book will be of great relevance to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in corporate sustainability, social responsibility, environmental management and eco-innovation.

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About the authors



  1. Introduction: Corporate sustainability: Requirements, realities and prospects.
  2. Jan Jaap Bouma and Teun Wolters

  3. Sustainable Value Creation
  4. Teun Wolters

  5. Sustainable strategies and accounting needs
  6. Teun Wolters and Jan Jaap Bouma

  7. Sustainability in Project Management: Making it happen
  8. A.J. Gilbert Silvius

  9. Towards smart freight leadership
  10. Sophie Punte and Floor Bollee

  11. Sustainable banking: The mysterious role of commercial banks in achieving a sustainable economy
  12. Gizem Goren and Teun Wolters

  13. Islamic finance and sustainability
  14. Muhammad Ashfaq and Teun Wolters

  15. Faith-based organizations and corporate sustainability
  16. Joyce Stubblefield and Jan Jaap Bouma

  17. The greening of churches: A maturity framework based on policies and measures

          Ankeneel A. Breuning

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Jan Jaap Bouma is a consultant in strategic sustainability, addressing the challenges that corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations face in this area. Until recently, he was Professor of Valuation and Governance of Natural Resources at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Teun Wolters is Professor of Corporate Sustainability at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.


"This book is about deeper insights in the multi-faceted world of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, two related concepts which remain too abstract all too often. The authors participated in the corporate world, proposed new methods and metrics, helped develop them, and reflected on the progress made. The book offers all of that, an assessment of where we are now."-- Wim Hafkamp, director of the Erasmus University International Off-Campus PhD Program on Cleaner Production, Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Development, The Netherlands

"In recent times, churches have developed an increasing concern for sustainability. I welcome this book as it can help stimulate the interchurch and interreligious dialogue on how sustainability can be promoted. Care for creation and love for people are basic ingredients of our faith. But, they have to be actively applied to the modern world. This book is about doing that." -- Theo van Driel MA, chairman of the Apeldoorn Consultative Board of Churches, The Netherlands