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1st Edition

The Impact Challenge
Reframing Sustainability for Businesses

ISBN 9781032079509
Published April 25, 2022 by CRC Press
174 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the role of businesses in delivering positive societal and financial outcomes as they seek to bridge the gap between short-term organizational behaviors and long-range sustainability commitments. By addressing the inevitable data challenges associated with the strategic integration of a sustainability mindset, it enables faster adoption of social, environmental and governance metrics that generate lasting enterprise value. Inspired by the experience of practitioners that have successfully influenced the learning behaviors of complex organizations, this book helps readers drive systemic innovations as they leverage sustainability initiatives in a programmatic and intentional manner.


  • Defines a toolkit to generate sustainable business value by focusing on the organizational design underpinning sustainability-oriented initiatives.
  • Provides a multidisciplinary lens on shaping the impact dialogue through applied frameworks.
  • Discusses the need to analytically identify an organizational learning curve before developing impact targets and framing sustainability commitments around them.
  • Combines theory and practice in a practical style by presenting a variety of real-life applications at a global level.
  • The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.The Impact Enterprise, Chapter 2.Organizational Learning for Impact, Chapter 3. Are Novel Datasets the Solution?, Chapter 4. Taking Impact a Step Forward, Chapter 5. The Data-Enabled Sustainability Mindset, Chapter 6.Culture and Climate Change, Chapter 7. Building Inclusive Networks, Chapter 8. The Informal Organization. Chapter 9. The Impact of Data on Human Rights, Chapter 10. The Next Decade: Innovation to Impact

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Alessia Falsarone, SASB FSA, is a sustainable finance expert and a fellow of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program. Her work bridges the gap between sustainability, financial innovation and risk management. A sought-after commentator for media outlets and academic programs, Ms. Falsarone is a member of high-level advisory groups that promote environmental and climate finance, including the G7 Environmental Ministerial, the London Stock Exchange, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (Value Reporting Foundation) and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. In recognition of her innovative vision for business and society, she has received an Honoree Award from the Women’s Venture Fund. She is an alumna of Stanford University, the MIT Sloan School of Business and Bocconi University. Ms. Falsarone holds certified director status with the National Association of Corporate Directors. An avid advocate of sustainability in business education, she has contributed to educational initiatives on the topic at the Asian University for Women, the Society of Corporate Compliance, the Swiss Sustainable Finance Initiative, the United Nations, Stanford University and New York University, including delivering training on climate risk and green finance in Asia Pacific and Latin America.