Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts, 2nd Edition

  • 6h 4m
  • Adriana Rejc Buhovac, Marc J. Epstein
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2014

Most companies today have some commitment to corporate social responsibility, but implementing these initiatives can be particularly challenging. While a lot has been written on ethical and strategic factors, there is still a dearth of information on the practical nuts and bolts. And whereas with most other organizational initiatives the sole objective is improved financial performance, sustainability broadens the focus to include social and environmental performance, which is much more difficult to measure.

Now updated throughout with new examples and new research, this is a complete guide to implementing and measuring the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives. It draws on Marc Epstein’s and new coauthor Adriana Rejc Buhovac’s solid academic foundation and extensive consulting work and includes best practices from dozens of companies in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, and Africa. This is the ultimate how-to guide for corporate leaders, strategists, academics, sustainability consultants, and anyone else with an interest in actually putting sustainability ideas into practice and making sure they accomplish their goals.

About the Authors

Marc J. Epstein is a distinguished research professor of management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He has been a professor at Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and INSEAD. He has written or co-written nearly twenty books and a hundred papers.

Adriana Rejc Buhovac is an associate professor of management in the faculty of economics at the University of Ljubljana. She is a member of the editorial board of Advances in Management Accounting.

In this Book

  • Making Sustainability Work—Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts, 2nd Edition
  • Foreword from the First Edition
  • Foreword from the First Edition
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Improving Sustainability and Financial Performance in Global Corporations
  • A New Framework for Implementing Corporate Sustainability
  • Leadership, Organizational Culture, and Strategy for Corporate Sustainability
  • Organizing for Sustainability
  • Costing, Capital Investments, and the Integration of Sustainability Risks
  • Performance Measurement, Evaluation, and Reward Systems
  • The Foundations for Measuring Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts
  • Implementing a Social, Environmental, and Economic Impact Measurement System
  • Improving Corporate Processes, Products, and Projects for Corporate Sustainability
  • External Sustainability Reporting and Verification
  • The Benefits of Sustainability for Corporations and Society
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography