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1st Edition

Managing Sustainability

ISBN 9780367518547
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Managing Sustainability is a comprehensive guide to governing, leading, and managing a successful sustainability-focused business.

Being a socially and environmentally responsible business is a worthy goal for many people; however, turning the goal into reality is a daunting process. This book takes a clear and practical approach to the “nuts-and-bolt” of achieving this goal, and covers steps to be taken by directors and executives to create and implement appropriate strategies, policies, and management systems. It recognizes that corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) is like any other important management initiative and requires proactive leadership from the top of the organization. Key topics include:

• Understanding how CSR is changing the traditional fiduciary duties of directors and officers

• Developing and implementing internal governance instruments to provide a foundation for decision-making around CSR

• Integrating CSR into the duties and responsibilities of the chief executive officer and other members of the C-suite team, as well as into their compensation arrangements

• Conducting continuous audits and assessments of the sustainability governance and management framework using certification and rating systems to evaluate and improve CSR performance and effectiveness

Current and aspiring leaders wishing to build a sustainability-centered business will appreciate the straightforward and actionable guidance offered by this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Governance, Leadership and Management
  2. Sustainability in the Boardroom
  3. Organizational Design for Sustainability
  4. Strategic Planning for Sustainability
  5. The CEO and Sustainability
  6. Sustainability Executives
  7. Sustainable Leadership
  8. Management Systems
  9. Ethical Management
  10. Internal Sustainability-Related Codes and Policies
  11. Organizational Culture and Sustainability
  12. Sustainable Human Resources Management
  13. Sustainable Technology Management
  14. Reporting and Communications
  15. 15.Evaluating and Improving Sustainability Management

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Alan S. Gutterman is the Founding Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project (, a best-selling author of legal and business publications and a widely recognized business counselor.