Sustainability and Ethics

Learn how you and your organisation can become more sustainable and ethical, and, in turn, attract and retain employees, experience less financial and reputation risk and become more adaptive to your environments. 



A Well-Spring of Wisdom

Public concern about ethics in business and the professions is very high. However, ‘solutions’ so far have only appeared in the forms of codes of ethics, or processes and systems designed to ‘follow the law’. In this article, Professor Atul Shah draws on his personal experience and research to explain how examining the Jain culture can provide wisdom to sustainable living practices.

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The Business of Farm Animal Welfare

Globally, nearly 70 billion animals are farmed annually for meat, milk, eggs and other products. Some two-thirds of these animals are farmed intensively. Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan examine the the management practices companies adopt to care for the animals responsibly in this article.

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Books on Sustainability and Ethics

  • CrowdRising

    Building a Sustainable World through Mass Collaboration

    By Lorinda R. Rowledge

    Open innovation enabled through crowdsourcing is one of the hottest topics in management strategy today. Particularly striking – and of vital importance to the world – are the pioneering efforts to dramatically increase the number and diversity of people engaged by applying crowdsourcing technology…

    Paperback – 2018-10-01 
    Routledge

  • Shaping Sustainable Change

    The Role of Partnership Brokering in Optimising Collaborative Action

    Edited by Leda Stott

    Multi-actor partnerships are promoted as central to the achievement of sustainable development. However, these relationships are not always easy, and calls are being made for more guidance on how partners can work together effectively to deliver results and achieve meaningful change. Shaping…

    Paperback – 2018-09-06 
    Routledge

  • The Quiet Revolution

    Towards a Sustainable Economy

    By Mike Townsend

    We are in a new era. The systems, rules and behaviours that led to business success in the 21st century are no longer working. Since the onset of the longest and deepest financial crisis in living memory, capitalism is still suffering a crisis of liquidity, reliability and confidence. There is a…

    Paperback – 2018-09-01 
    Routledge

  • Business and Human Rights: A Guide to Best Practice

    By Alex Newton

    The spotlight of global scrutiny has shone particularly brightly on corporations’ adverse impacts on human rights in recent times. Corporations comprise around 50 of the top 100 economies in the world today and so rightly they are being called to account for their impacts on society and the…

    Paperback – 2018-08-01 
    Routledge

  • Future First

    How Successful Leaders Turn Innovation Challenges into New Value Frontiers

    By Alice Mann

    Future First is a practical guide for any business leader who wants to build, expand, or reinvent their company by finding new value in global challenges. Traditional companies often view issues like income equality, global warming, and resource scarcity as "problems." By contrast, future first…

    Paperback – 2018-04-26
    Routledge

  • Trust Inc.

    How Business Wins Respect in a Social Media Age

    By Matthew Yeomans

    We are entering the age of sustainability – a business era where every company, big and small, must adapt its way of doing business to meet the realities of climate change, a finite supply of natural resources, evolving attitudes about inequality, increasing digitisation and automation. At the same…

    Paperback – 2018-04-16
    Routledge

  • Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession

    Effective Advocacy with Integrity

    By Carolyn Plump

    Ethical issues do not occur in isolation. Instead, real-life situations arise in the workplace alongside other pressing issues such as job security, career advancement, peer pressure, manager evaluations, and company profits. For this reason, students and employees in law need concise and common…

    Paperback – 2018-02-16
    Routledge
    Giving Voice to Values

  • The World We'll Leave Behind

    Grasping the Sustainability Challenge

    By William Scott, Paul Vare

    It is now clear that human activity has influenced how the biosphere supports life on Earth, and given rise to a set of connected environmental and social problems. In response to the challenge that these problems present, a series of international conferences and summits led to discussions of…

    Paperback – 2018-02-05
    Routledge

  • The Map of Meaningful Work (2e)

    A Practical Guide to Sustaining our Humanity, 2nd Edition

    By Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, Lani Morris

    This book introduces the Map of Meaning which provides a clear, simple and profound framework of the dimensions and process of living and working meaningfully. The Map of Meaning is based on over 20 years' research into the insights and practice of ordinary people as they search for, lose and find…

    Paperback – 2017-11-09
    Routledge

  • In Search of the Good Society

    By Malcolm McIntosh

    Compelling reading, this book both reinforces and elevates the role of art in the exploration and analysis of the concepts of democracy, globalization and capitalism. In the book, the author describes a post-human world, a state we have already entered. But how should we think about it, given we…

    Paperback – 2017-10-30
    Routledge

  • Redefining Success

    Integrating Sustainability into Management Education

    Edited by Patricia M. Flynn, Tay Keong Tan, Milenko Gudić

    Redefining Success: Integrating Sustainability into Management Education advocates incorporating sustainability concepts that go beyond the financial ‘bottom line’ into management education and business practice. Highlighting the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Principles for Responsible Management…

    Hardback – 2017-10-02
    Routledge
    The Principles for Responsible Management Education Series

  • CORE

    How a Single Organizing Idea can Change Business for Good

    By Neil Gaught

    CORE is shortlisted for the Best Business Book Awards in the Engaging Change category. At the core of the world's most admired businesses lies a powerful Single Organizing Idea. These organizations deliver sustainable economic and social benefit; they unite people, attract investment, inspire…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
    Routledge

  • The Dark Side 3

    Critical Cases on the Downside of Business

    Edited by Fernanda Sauerbronn, Pauline Fatien Diochon, Albert J. Mills, Emmanuel Raufflet

    This third collection of outstanding contributions from the Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) continues to challenge business practice in ways not tackled by other more typical business case studies. There is a critical need for business educators to…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
    Routledge

  • Headwinds of Opportunity

    A Compass for Sustainable Innovation

    By Tim Lindsey

    Winner of the Silver Axiom Business Book Award in the category of Sustainability. Headwinds of Opportunity goes beyond philosophical and academic discussion of business sustainability to offer strategic guidance regarding how to make all types of organizations function more sustainably while…

    Paperback – 2017-07-11
    Routledge

  • The Evolutionary Leap to Flourishing Individuals and Organizations

    By Center for Evolutionary Learning

    The last thing the world needs is yet another book delineating business-induced dangers and damages such as environmental disasters, social inequalities and unethical conduct. And yet, success in achieving sustainable growth - whether for the individual, organization, or the social community - has…

    Paperback – 2017-07-07
    Routledge

  • Stop the Rot

    Reframing Governance for Directors and Politicians

    By Bob Garratt

    Following the international success of The Fish Rots from the Head: Developing Effective Directors, this sequel from Bob Garratt explains the public's distrust of the people who govern us - the directors, owners, regulators and politicians - and how this can be changed. Currently,…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
    Routledge

  • Frugal Value

    Designing Business for a Crowded Planet

    By Carina Millstone

    We live in unprecedented times. Climate change and ecosystem collapse are altering our world beyond recognition, and a growing global population is exacerbating the pressure on the resources that power our economies. How should the private sector respond to the new risks and uncertainties of our…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
    Routledge

  • Indigenous Aspirations and Rights

    The Case for Responsible Business and Management

    Edited by Amy Klemm Verbos, Ella Henry, Ana Maria Peredo

    Indigenous peoples are recognised as groups with specific rights based on their historical ties to particular territories. The United Nations estimates there are 370 million Indigenous peoples, with Indigenous populations being recognised in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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    The Principles for Responsible Management Education Series

  • Extractive Relations

    Countervailing Power and the Global Mining Industry

    By John R. Owen, Deanna Kemp

    Extractive Relations explores the nature of industrial power and its role in shaping what we understand to be the global mining sector. The authors examine issues at the forefront of contemporary debates: corporate obligations in safeguarding the rights of people displaced by mining, the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-03
    Routledge

  • The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management

    Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

    By Petra Molthan-Hill

    Edited by Petra Molthan-Hill

    The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management has become a core textbook for business undergraduates. With a full introduction to sustainable management, the textbook covers all subject areas relevant to business students. This second edition features fully updated chapters on how to…

    Paperback – 2017-04-30
    Routledge
    The Principles for Responsible Management Education Series

  • Healing the World

    Today's Shamans as Difference Makers

    By Sandra Waddock

    Our world is fraught with problems that demand attention: climate change, terrorism, poverty, and injustice to name only a few. Healing the World takes the fundamental teachings of shamans—the healer of communities—and applies them to the problems of today, using terms and concepts that anybody…

    Paperback – 2017-04-30
    Routledge

  • Human Centered Management

    5 Pillars of Organizational Quality and Global Sustainability

    By Maria-Teresa Lepeley

    We have never had more freedom to acquire information to make decisions, and organizations have never been so pressed to demonstrate accountability as they communicate with better informed customers and users. People who work IN an organization must also work FOR the organization to accomplish its…

    Paperback – 2017-03-31
    Routledge

  • Beyond the Bottom Line

    Integrating Sustainability into Business and Management Practice

    Edited by Milenko Gudic, Tay Keong Tan, Patricia M. Flynn

    Beyond the Bottom Line: Integrating the UN Global Compact into Management Practice is the first book to look at how the Ten UN Global Compact Principles and the sustainability agenda can be incorporated into business practice. The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability…

    Hardback – 2017-03-28
    Routledge

  • DreamMakers

    Innovating for the Greater Good

    By Michele Hunt

    DreamMakers: Innovating for the Greater Good profiles stories of businesses, cross-sector initiatives and movements and whole communities that are collaborating to create a flourishing world. They all share attitudes and beliefs that transcend: who they are, where they live, or their individual…

    Paperback – 2017-01-30
    Routledge

Sustainability at Work

Marilyn Waite, author of Sustainability at Work: Careers that make a difference

Marilyn Waite, author of  Sustainability at Work: Careers that make a difference has written three articles that will help everyone who wants to have both a successful career and a career that makes a positive difference in society.

Read: Why integrate sustainability into a career?
Read: 4 Ways to Pursue Sustainability in Careers
Read: Sustainability Careers 101

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Sustainable Tourism

Megan Epler Wood explains in her new book why rapid global tourism development requires new educational, business, policy and environmental solutions. Here she answers our questions about issues surrounding her book.  Read Megan's interview.

Sustainable Economics

Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow, 2nd EditionProsperity without Growth 2e by Tim Jackson. 

What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits? Tim Jackson brings his landmark book up to date exploring both the philosophical basis for a lasting prosperity and the conceptual foundations for the economy of tomorrow. Find out more about the new edition here