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The Sustainable Business
A Practitioner's Guide to Achieving Long-Term Profitability and Competitiveness

ISBN 9781906093839
Published January 8, 2013 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

This is the 2nd edition of The Sustainable Business (2010), winner of The President's Award for Excellence in a Published Body of Work at Kozminski University, Poland.  Recommended for managers, employees, teachers and students, this readable and informative guide explains the importance of waste minimization as a first step toward sustainability. Within its pages, the breadth and depth of long-term profitable business practices are explored with an emphasis on optimizing resources (including labour and markets) and maximizing purchases and investments while eliminating the costs of non-product (waste), unemployment, short-term thinking and environmental degradation. As proof of its potency, The Sustainable Business has already been disseminated to over 1.3 million people around the world and the first edition is available in four different languages.  The bottom line: if you're looking to gain insight on the future of business, this is it!

Table of Contents

Foreword Author's Note  Introduction: What is Sustainability? Preparation 1. Fundamentals 2. Understanding Waste 3. What the Reformer is Up Against 4. Establishing Sustainability as an Objective  Processes 5. Resource Extension Part 1: Service and the Performance Economy 6. Resource Extension Part 2: Leasing and the Performance Economy 7. Cooperative Networking 8. Lean Thinking 9. The Waste-First Rule: Resource Extension Begins with Waste Elimination  Preservation 10. Mapping the Waste-Elimination Process 11. Ongoing Measurement and Record-Keeping 12. Taxes and Legislation 13. The Perils of Greenwashing  People 14. The Importance of Customers 15. Managing Change 16. Putting a Team Together  Place 17. Building Better Buildings 18. Saving Water 19. The Macro Advantages of Micro-power  Product 20. The Hidden History of Products 21. Minimizing Packaging 22. Reuse, Repair, Remanufacturing and Recycling  Production 23. Sustainable Production Locations 24. Clean Production 25. Motors and Pumps 26. Eliminating Waste at Work: Getting Started  Epilogue: It's All or Nothing Endnotes About the Author Index

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