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Essentials for Business

January 2013 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Sustainability: Essentials for Business is the first survey text of its kind to offer a comprehensive treatment of the relationship between business and sustainability. The book begins with a macro perspective of the renewable resources such as air, water, forests, energy, etc. This discussion provides a starting point for the students unfamiliar with this sphere, so that the later chapters on environmental challenges can be framed within an appropriate context. The book then segues into the micro issues by shifting toward stakeholder interests and choices. Here, the chapters explore the various stakeholders involved – from organizations to consumers to non-governmental organizations, etc. The third section of the book aims to present business solutions designed to address and promote sustainability. This section will also discuss transparent and voluntary reporting along with the standards. The last section of the book concludes with ideas and questions about moving towards a sustainable future.

1. Air and Climate Issues
2. Water Issues
3. Sustainable Agriculture and Food
4. Forests, Wildlife, and Biodiversity
5. Alternative Clean Energy and Fuels
6. Sustainability Strategies and Frameworks
7. Role of the Consumer
8. Role of the Corporation
9. Role of Governments and Nongovernmental Organizations
10. Transparent Reporting, Measurement, and Metrics
11. Carbon Markets: Offsets and Standards
12. Designing Sustainable Cities and Communities
13. Green Marketing

A very good overview of sustainability, however from my point of view the book only gives a brief overview of many different topics. Whilst is not as in-depth as I would have liked for my students, it is a good "starter" book to advise where to look for more research.

Miss Charlotte Goddard
Business and Science, Hull College
February 22, 2014

This book is accessible and clear. It is a good supplement for my course on CSR and Business Ethics.

Mr Ketill Magnússon
School of Business, Reykjavik University
October 21, 2013

Relevant. Excellent cases. More ethics philosophy and theory than my previous text.

Mr Ehsan Salek
MBE, Virginia Wesleyan College
August 29, 2013

Most comprehensive book out there right now

Dr Helen Proeber
Business Info Technology Div, Blackhawk Technical College
August 20, 2013

The book is really well presented and i like that everything is well explained. This is an easy book for students to pick up and find information, it is also thorough

Dr Elaine Ritch
Not list, Stirling University
May 15, 2013

Sustainabilty is such an important concept in business and this is a very useful book for students to use to deepen their knowledge.

Ms Rita Walsh
School of Business, Royal Agricultural College
May 14, 2013

A helpful overview of sustainability issues related to businesses.

Dr Shona Russell
School of Management, St Andrews University
April 17, 2013

Unfortunately, my research subject - CSR reporting - is covered only briefly in the book.
However, I will recommend the book to students seeking a broad and easily comprehensible overview over everything related to "green business".

Mr Matthias Gräuler
Accounting and Information Systems, University of Osnabruck
April 10, 2013

The first book that really discusses the sustainability theme in a business. Good and clear structure, enlightning examples. Clearly written and easy to follow, so it suits very well to bachelor level studies.

Ms Sirpa Sandelin
Energy and Construction, Satakunta University of Applied Science
March 28, 2013

a very useful orientation guide for business students, and economic geography / environmental management students going into this field

Mr Richard Kotter
Dept of Geography, Northumbria University
March 26, 2013

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