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Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage, 2nd Edition

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Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage, 2nd Edition

George P. Nassos, Nikos Avlonas

ISBN: 978-1-119-56104-0 May 2020 368 Pages

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The guide to sustainable strategies and tools to improve competitive business advantage, updated with practical case studies and supporting teaching material

The revised and updated second edition of Practical Sustainability Strategies is filled with proven strategies and tools for organizations to integrate sustainability into their business models. Drawing on the authors’ research and years of hands-on experience, the book defines strategies that organizations can put in place to develop, extend, or maintain competitive advantage without harming the environment. Additionally, the authors provide tools for measuring and reporting progress and present illustrative case studies that clearly demonstrate the importance of implementing sustainability.

Since the first edition was published in 2013, new strategies, measurements, and certifications have been developed. The book, which is used by several business schools around the globe, has been updated to include these new and effective strategies, including circular economy, the sharing economy, adaptation, resiliency, and strategies to fight climate change. This new edition also highlights the UN Sustainable Development Goals that have been adopted worldwide. This updated second edition:

  • Covers new strategies, measuring systems, GRI, STARS and B-Lab certifications
  • Offers teaching slides and questions for use in the classroom
  • Explores the principles and importance of sustainability
  • Examines more than 10 different sustainability strategies
  • Presents the economic justification for sustainability with illustrative examples

Written for sustainability managers, ESG professionals, engineers, process designers, policy makers, CEOs, business schools, and others, the second edition of Practical Sustainability Strategies offers an updated guide to the most recent strategies and tools that can be put into place to improve competitive advantage, while also providing a positive impact to the community and workplace.

Preface

About the Companion Website

Part 1 Introduction to Sustainability

1. Urgency to Adopt Sustainability

2. Development of the Sustainability Concept

Part 2 Sustainability Strategies

3. Imbedding the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to Achieve Sustainability

4. The Natural Step

5. Eco-effective Versus Eco-efficient: Sustainability Versus Being “Less Bad”

6. The Sharing Economy and Servicizing

7. Adopting Systems Thinking

8. Base of the Pyramid

9. Environmental Innovation Through Biomimicry

10. The Circular Economy

11. Adapting and Building Resiliency

12. New Technologies for Adaptation

13. Adopting Renewable Energies in the Circular Economy

14. Addressing Climate Change

15. Environmentally Effective Buildings

16. Green Chemistry, Sustainable Fisheries, and “Big Audacious Goal”

17. Strategies Beyond

Part 3 Tools and Metrics

18. Standards and Guidelines for Managing Sustainability (CSR)

19. The Corporation and Its Stakeholders

20. Sustainability (CSR) Reporting

21. Sustainability Metrics for Improving Impact

22. Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Footprint Reduction

23. Water Footprint

24. Green Marketing and Communication and How to Avoid Green- and Blue-Washing

Part 4 Conclusion

25. Epilogue: What do we do next?