1st Edition

The Earthscan Reader in Business and Sustainable Development

ISBN 9781853836596
Published January 1, 2000 by Routledge
400 Pages

USD $120.00

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Book Description

This Reader contains a comprehensive collection of recent work by leading authors in the field of business and sustainable development. With 17 chapters organized thematically into sections covering 'business opportunities', 'environmental and social accounting', 'critical perspectives' and 'trade and sustainable development', The Earthscan Reader in Business and Sustainable Development is essential reading for all those with an interest in the role that business can play in moving society towards a sustainable future.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Section 1: Overview Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World  The 'Triple Bottom Line for 21st-Century Business'  Section 2: Business Opportunities  Bringing the Environment Down to Earth  The Imperfect Market  A Road Map for Natural Capitalism  The Firm, its Routines and the Environment  Section 3: Environmental and Social Accounting  What is Social Accounting?  The Green Bottom Line  Struggling with the Praxis of Social Accounting: Stakeholders, Accountability, Audits and Procedures  Balancing Performance, Ethics and Accountability  Section 4: Critical Perspectives  Multinational Corporations' Impacts on the Environment and Communities in the Developing World: a Synthesis of the Contemporary Debate  The Responsibility of Business to the Whole  Global Spin  Mixed Messages  Getting Engaged: Business-NGO Relations on Sustainable Development  Section 5: Trade and Sustainable Development  Business, and the Environment: Agenda for Stability in World Trade  Reaping the Benefits: Trade Opportunities of Developing-country Producers from Sustainable Consumption and Production  Conclusion: Win-Win Revisited: a Buddhist Perspective

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Richard Starkey is senior researcher at the Centre for Corporate Environmental Management at the University of Huddersfield. Richard Welford is professor or Corporate Environmental Management at the University of Huddersfield.


'Consistently interesting and useful and at times insightful and compelling, this collection will be invaluable.' Duncan McLaren, head of Policy and Research, Friends of the Earth

'This book encapsulates a diverse spectrum of perspectives on the future of business and sustainability.' Anita Roddick, OBE, Founder and Co-Chair, The Body Shop, Founder, New Academy of Business

'Starkey and Welford have here assembled the most comprehensive, insightful, indeed important collection of wisdom on business and sustainable development that I have ever seen. I make a living in this field, and still learned a huge amount from this book.' Matthew Arnold, Chief Operating Officer, World Resources Institute.

'An excellent book.' James Robertson, author, The New Economics of Sustainable Development

'Every undergraduate business major should be required to take courses in environmental stewardship, and [this book] would make an excellent text for such an endeavour.' Environmental Resource