2nd Edition

Organizational Sustainability and Risk Management A Practical Step-by-Step Guide

    222 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This new edition is completely revamped and reorganized to reflect the change in standards and regulations and to include all new topics related to organizational sustainability and risk management. The role that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) play within the realm of organizational sustainability is one of many new topics.

    Organizational Sustainability and Risk Management: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide, Second Edition will continue to remind all stakeholders how organizations work through a measurement transformation that affects everything they do including following the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Guide for Sustainability and climate change. The book is enriched with a discussion on life cycle thinking that has been introduced in the ISO high-level structure. Discussions on a fundamental change in how organizations approach sustainability and how we view organizational sustainability are covered. This book offers a platform for managing all activities, products, and services tailored to the needs of the organization and presents how important environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards are to determine the potential for increased financial growth of organizations that have implemented organizational sustainability.

    The book is for professionals and can be used in continuing education sustainability courses as well as company-provided short courses where the new regulations for sustainability and ESG reporting are addressed.

    1. The Path to Organizational Sustainability.  2. Organizational Risk Management.  3. Decision Making.  4. Organizational Objectives and Leadership.  5. Organization’s Internal and External Context.  6. Engagement with Stakeholders and Social License to Operate.  7. Organizational Governance.  8. Uncertainty Assessment of Opportunities and Threats.  9. Sustainable Processes and Operations.  10. Organization’s Support Operations.  11. Organizational Sustainability.  12. Implementation is Doing.  13. Monitoring in Organizations.  14. Sustainability Frameworks and ESG Reporting.  15. Organization Self-Assessment and Maturity.  16. Improvement, Innovation, and Learning.  17. Organizational Resilience.


    Denice Viktoria Staaf

    Denice Viktoria Staaf found her way to sustainability through the green building movement. She has been an Accredited Professional under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standard for over 20 years. She is passionate about sustainability for manufacturers and supply chains under the overall organizational sustainability umbrella. She believes that the systematic approach taught by Dr. Pojasek, outlined in this book, is the way forward for organizations to contribute to sustainable development positively. She graduated from Harvard University, earning a master’s degree in Environmental Management & Sustainability with a concentration in the Built Environment.

    Denice has recently focused on circularity as a deeper dive into organizational sustainability using the process approach to achieve results. She is a member of the Circular Transition Indicators (CTI) Framework Implementation Partners by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and recently joined the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee for the Circular Economy (TC 323).

    Denice founded the consulting firm Labeling Sustainability in 2016 after helping companies of her friends with sustainability for fun; she loves organizational sustainability and being of service to manufacturers. Today, Labeling Sustainability is a global consulting firm and Type III Environmental Product Declaration Program Operator assisting international organizations with their sustainability documentation needs. Although the organization has grown from the days she did LCAs for her friends, Denice Viktoria Staaf still thinks sustainability is fun.

    Robert B. Pojasek, PhD

    Dr. Pojasek has been active in the reformatting of the corporate sustainability reporting by using the organizational structure that is presented in the first volume of this work, i.e., organizational sustainability." To make this happen, I have worked closely with Denice Viktoria Staaf, who has introduced herself above.

    Dr. Pojasek has been interested in the organizational practice of organizational sustainability since the lead-up to the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations was successful in convincing large companies to get involved in the concept of sustainability as the United States and Europe began introducing legislation on providing communities with clean air and water. Prior to this event, Dr. Pojasek had spent 12 years developing pollution prevention programs in the companies. The interest in "sustainability" and the experience of working with facilities to eliminate or reduce the "waste" in their operations was just beginning. However, consulting firms and university research was slow to develop. Consulting firms were focused on the permitting of processes, not on the elimination of their use.

    Dr. Pojasek began teaching pollution prevention at Tufts University, with an eye on developing what people defined as "sustainability." He worked to build interest in this topic by publishing over 100 journal articles on the topic and inviting industry managers to take the courses that he was teaching at Tufts. In 200, he worked with several professors at the Harvard Extension School to develop a "master’s degree program" that would require courses that he wanted to teach. The program began in 2002. Dr. Pojasek developed a course in "Organizational Sustainability" and taught that course for 20 years. He is still working hard to have more practical courses, books, and experiences with organizational sustainability that will soon be supplemented with "sustainable finance." That is the new frontier of this developing story. It is a little soon to be introducing volume 3 of this series. Maybe the first two volumes (volume 1 is in paperback) will convince you to work with corporations to make the changes to adopt the new formats for organizational and financial sustainabilty.