1st Edition

Essentials of Sustainability for Business A Practical Approach

By Peter McManners Copyright 2024
    198 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Essentials of Sustainability for Business teaches the core principles of sustainability in a concise format for those new to issues at the intersection of sustainability and business. The book plots a path through the contradictions and confusions in the debates about sustainability, to get to the heart of why it matters, how to respond, and where it leads.

    The book is structured around three parts in order to assess the context, the goals, and the applications of sustainable business. The first part provides the foundation for understanding the core issues in sustainable business including, the history of sustainability, the sustainable development goals, corporate social responsibility, responding to climate change and delivering resilient sustainability. The second part offers a framework for sustainability analysis, which cuts through the complexity of multiple overlapping issues providing application to real life practice of policy makers and businesses. The final part offers more sophisticated examination of businesses and sustainable resilience.

    This is an ideal resource to educate students, inform policy makers, challenge business executives, and above all arm all those with power and influence with the tools to deliver sustainability.

    Table of contents




    1. Introduction


    2. History of Sustainability


    3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)


    4. Corporate responsibility


    5. Responding to Climate Change


    6. Preventing Biodiversity Loss


    7. Resources


    8. Pollution


    9. Delivering resilient sustainability


    10. The Practitioner


    11. Perspectives


    12. Timescale


    13. Lenses


    14. Vision Building


    15. Key Success Factors


    16. Sustainable Business Models


    17. The Sustainability Imperative


    18. Agreements, Treaties and Regulations


    19. Trade


    20. Resilient economics


    21. Employment


    22. Manufacturing


    23. Agriculture


    24. Energy


    25. City Design


    26. Conclusions


    Appendix 1 Exercise Feedback


    Dr Peter McManners leads the Sustainability and Scenario Analysis elective modules at the MBA level, and supervises research in the area of Strategy and Sustainability at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.