1st Edition

Creating a Lean and Green Business System Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability

    254 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    256 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    Things that are good for the planet are also good for business. Numerous studies from the likes of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Harvard, MIT Sloan, and others indicate that organizations that commit to goals of zero waste, zero harmful emissions, and zero use of nonrenewable resources clearly outperform their competition.

    Like lean thinking, greening your business is not just a ‘nice to have’; at least not anymore. It is now a key economic driver for many forward looking firms. This book is packed with case studies and examples that illustrate how leading firms use lean and green as simultaneous sources of inspiration in various sectors of industry - from automotive and retail to textile and brewing. Take Toyota as an example, the holy grail of economic efficiency for decades. This book, shows that Toyota tops the green chart too, describing Toyota’s notion of Monozukuri: sustainable manufacturing.

    Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability offers opportunities for innovation that can simultaneously reduce dependence on natural resources and enhance global prosperity. It explores less understood aspects of lean and green – discussing their evolution independently as well as the opportunities that exist in their integration, highlighting the importance of a cultural shift across the whole company.

    Outlining a systematic way to eliminate harmful waste while generating green value, the book explains how to:

    • Become economically successful and environmentally sustainable by adopting the lean and green business system model
    • Adopt a systematic approach to become lean and green, and develop your own roadmap to success
    • Use the cutting edge tools, techniques, and methodologies developed by the authors
    • Translate the techniques and culture that underpin lean into environmental improvements

    Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability supplies a new way of thinking that will allow you to boost improvement efforts and create a positively charged work environment – while contributing to the long-term well-being of the environment.

    Foreword by Jonathon Porritt
    Foreword by Doc Hall


    Creating Leaner and Greener Companies
    Moving to a Leaner and Greener Economy
    Chapter-by-Chapter Overview

    Need for Green Business Practices in an Economic Downturn
    Transforming Our Economy

    Lean and Green: Principles and Strategies
    What Is Lean and Why Is It Green?
    Sustainability and the Case for Lean and Green
    Evolution of Corporate Sustainability Thinking
    Integrating Lean and Green


    Lean and Green Business Process Management
    Suite of Tools for Lean and Green Process Management
    Interview with Mr. Steve Hope
    General Manager, Environmental Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Toyota Motor Europe
    Lean and Green at Toyota Motor Company
    A Brief History
    Learning from the Toyota Way
    Toyota’s Environmental Performance
    Monozukuri: Harmony with Nature and Society

    Lean and Green Business Leadership
    Lean and Green Leadership: Case Study of Adnams PLC
    Adnams Brewery: A History of Innovation and Community Values
    Where Values Meet Innovation: Sustainability Investments at Adnams
    Energy-Efficient Brewstream
    Eco-Efficient Distribution Center
    East Green Beer: A Celebration of Environmental Values
    Bio-Digester: An Industrial Ecology
    Incremental Sustainability Initiatives
    Business Gains from Sustainability: The Lean Side of Green
    Conclusion: Innovative Solution and Human Drivers

    Lean and Green Strategy Deployment
    Lean and Green Strategy Deployment: Case Study of Tesco Plc
    A Brief History
    Tesco: A Customer-Focused Company

    Lean and Green Supply Chain Collaboration
    Lean and Green Supply Chain Management: Case Study of Marks and Spencer
    A Brief History
    Engaging Staff Internally
    Engaging Suppliers
    Key Achievements of Plan A
    Plan A as a Key Source of Innovation
    Plan A and Enhancement of the M&S Brand
    Plan A, Resource Efficiency, and Waste Reduction
    Plan A in the Extended Supply Chain
    People Factor
    Synergies between Plan A and Lean Thinking in M&S
    Scorecard Mechanism to Embed Sustainability across the Supply Chain
    Current Challenges
    Lean and Green Intervention to Improve the M&S Supply Chain
    Realigning Product Specification and Recipe to Consumer Needs
    Minimizing Product In-Store Waste and Increasing On-Shelf Availability
    Reducing Inventory, Lead Time, and Number of Product Touches
    Reducing Demand Amplification and Demand Distortion
    Benefits of Lean and Green Improvement along the Whole Chain
    Conclusion: Role of Lean in Delivering Plan A
    Lean and Green Supply Chain Management: Case Study of MAS
    World’s First Carbon-Neutral Bra: Case Study of MAS in Sri Lanka


    Lean and Green Growth: An East Anglian Model
    What Is the Lean and Green Economy?
    Regional Context
    Low-Carbon Impact
    Sustainable Growth and Employment

    Conclusions and Wrap Up

    Appendix A
    Appendix B



    Keivan Zokaei, Hunter Lovins, Andy Wood, Peter Hines