Sustainability Leadership: A Swedish Approach to Transforming Your Company, Your Industry and the World

  • 11h 27m 23s
  • Elaine Weidman Grunewald, Henrik Henriksson
  • Gildan Media
  • 2020

As CEOs and business leaders navigate a world of complex global challenges, sustainability is no longer optional but a business imperative. In this book, two sustainability leaders with decades of experience - Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, and Elaine Weidman Grunewald, cofounder of the AI Sustainability Center and former chief sustainability and public affairs officer at Ericsson - offer a simple but powerful three-step model for leading an organization on a sustainability transformation journey that aims at big, audacious, world-changing goals.

Honest about the dilemmas but bullish on the opportunities, the authors advise leaders on how to accelerate sustainability in their organizations told through a Swedish lens, where the country's values and culture permeate the boardroom and the C-suite, bringing a unique clarity and conviction to leading with integrity.

In practical insights gleaned from the authors' own experience, the book takes leaders through the three phases of sustainability leadership: from establishing a solid foundation rooted in purpose, culture, values, principles and consistent, credible leadership, to integrating sustainability into the core business, and then to executing a vision that not only shifts the direction of the company but can change an entire industry and even the world.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction: The Case for Action. Expönentiality Cheat Sheet
  • Chapter 2 - The Northern Lights Shine Bright
  • Chapter 3 - Purpose-Driven LeadershipUp Close: Elsa Bernadotte, CEO of Food Waste Startup Karma on Finding Purpose
  • Chapter 4 - A Stake in the GroundUp Close: Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, on Why He Nearly Called for a Strike on Scania Climate Day
  • Chapter 5 - How to Earn TrustUp Close: Former Telia Company CEO Johan Dennelind on Rebuilding Trust after a Corruption Scandal
  • Chapter 6 - Embedding Sustainability in the CoreUp Close: Green Battery Cells and Systems Supplier Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson on the Key to Sustainability Integration
  • Chapter 7 - It All Comes Down to SalesUp Close: Åsa Bergman, CEO of Sweco, on Partnering with Customers to Build the Sustainable Communities and Cities of the Future
  • Chapter 8 - Measuring Impact Beyond ProfitUp Close: Electrolux CEO Jonas Samuelsson on Combining Sustainability and Profitability
  • Chapter 9 - The Path to ExpönentialityUp Close: Eva Karlsson, CEO of Outdoor Wear Company Houdini on Operationalizing the Planetary Boundaries Framework for Business
  • Chapter 10 - Society as a StakeholderUp Close: Jacob Wallenberg of Sweden's Leading Business Family on a Century of Having Society in Focus
  • Chapter 11 - Making Business Sense of the SDGsUp Close: Niklas Adalberth, Founder of Klarna and Norrsken Foundation, on Scaling Social Impact
  • Chapter 12 - The Next Sustainability Frontier is DigitalUp Close: Elaine Weidman Grunewald, Co-Founder of AI Sustainability Center on Tempering the Positive Exponential Impacts of Technology with its Ethical and Sustainability Implications
  • Chapter 13 - Finding Your Personal Influencing PlatformUp Close: Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon on Using His Platform to Energize an Organization and Put Business and Sustainability on a Global Stage
  • Chapter 14 - Conclusion: No Time to Lose