Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability
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Peter A. Soyka (Vienna, VA) is founder and President of Soyka+Company, LLC, a consultancy focused on illuminating and resolving issues limiting sustainable business success. With 25 years of environmental management experience, he has served private and public-sector clients focusing on improved, cost-effective environmental and sustainability performance. Much of his work has involved identifying and capturing financial and organizational benefits of proactive environmental management and sustainability practices. He has designed and executed multiple projects to drive sustainability thinking and practices into client organizations at a strategic level.
Organizations that prioritize environmental, health, and safety (EHS) issues are well placed to attract better customers, better talent, and today's growing number of socially responsible investors. But, to gain these benefits, companies must choose the right sustainability strategies, and then manage and measure them well. Now, leading business sustainability consultant Peter Soyka offers a complete and actionable guide to driving greater value through sustainability. InCreating a Sustainable Organization, Soyka bridges the disparate worlds of the EHS/sustainability professional and the investor/analyst. Readers will learn what the evidence says about linkages between sustainability and value… how to manage key stakeholder relationships influencing corporate response to EHS and social equity issues… how to effectively manage sustainability throughout the business… how to evaluate sustainability posture and performance from the standpoint of external investors and internal management… how to maximize the influence of organizational actors focused on sustainability, and much more. This book will be invaluable for all environmental, health, and safety decision-makers and professionals concerned with improving sustainability and value; for executives and strategists seeking long-term competitive advantage; for stock analysts evaluating potential investments; and for researchers and MBA candidates currently studying the techniques and potential of corporate sustainability.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great review of what contributes to a positive organizational environment,
This review is from: Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability (FT Press Operations Management) (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?)This books offers insight into what it takes to build an organization that will contribute fewer problems to future generations. The question of whether organizations can assist us in addressing the problem of sustainability is an interesting one. Organizations, if they are to remain viable in the future, will have to contribute solutions not simply problems. How the organizations will accomplish this rests in their ability to design the organization in a way that does not waste resources, or simply ignore how individuals are living their lives. This takes a great deal of effort and strain, but if it is accomplished the results will be to add tremendous value to the overall organization. The author of the book shows how this is in the self-interest of those running the organization. The book offers clear steps on how to better approximate a sustainable organization, realizing that it is a never ending process.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A delight and a disappointment,
This review is from: Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability (FT Press Operations Management) (Hardcover)It was with both delight and disappointment that I read "Creating a Sustainable Organization" by Peter Soyka. Mr Soyka has defined many of the current practices for sustainability management from a financial investor's perspective. Included in his text is the latest information about what he terms environmental, safety, and governance, or "ES&G," approaches to sustainability. This book provides an exhaustive overview of the issues facing organizations that wish to adopt a sustainability agenda, while at the same time giving the reader a glimpse into a key emerging area of sustainability management - the linkages between environmental and financial performance. Numerous important issues that sustainability professionals need to address are presented in great detail.
One of the most significant contribution this book makes to the sustainability literature is its emphasis on how financial investors gather, analyze, and apply ES&G information when making stock valuations and... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability (FT Press Operations Management) (Hardcover)I like this book so much, I gave it away! Now, I need to buy another copy for myself and for others, too.
Peter Soyka's book is timely. As luck would have it, I am in early stages of collaboration to form another corporation. I need this book, and so do others on this team. Sharing some of the personal aspects of where I found value in the book may provide other readers with a reason to buy the book, too.
Soyka's book provides an eloquent description of people like me. I've long known that I pitched a tent in the camp of EHS and sustainability professionals, a group that Peter accurately points out, often lacks the communicative competencies necessary to effectively communicate with finance, accounting, investors, and others with a sharp eye on the drawbridge for the economy of business value. Indeed, my professional work, education and ethic are deeply invested in the ethos and principles of sustainability even before the word was coined. The Brundtland... Read more
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Major Themes and Messages in This Book 4
A Few Disclosures and Caveats 9
Chapter 2 Background and Context 15
What Is Sustainability, and Why Is It Important to Business? 16
Why Sustainability Is and Will Remain Important to U.S. Corporations 22
Where We’ve Been and What We’ve Learned 29
What ESG/Sustainability Investing Is and Why You May Never Have Heard of It 42
Major Factors, Actors, and Trends 44
ES&G Concerns as Key Requirements and Determinants of Long-Term Business Success 47
Implications for Sustainability Professionals and Others Working on Corporate Sustainability Issues 52
Chapter 3 ES&G Issues and How They Affect the Business Enterprise 57
Environmental, Health and Safety, and Social Equity Laws and Regulations 57
An Abridged History 58
Corporate ES&G Obligations 70
Legal Liability 80
Stakeholder Expectations and Nonlegal Requirements 82
Costs and Cost Structure 89
Revenue Impacts 93
Organizational Strength and Capability 96
Chapter 4 Stakeholder Interests and Influences and the Social License to Operate 109
The Social License to Operate 111
Major Company Stakeholders 115
Typical Stakeholder Involvement in and Influence on Corporate Behavior 129
Chapter 5 Managing ES&G Issues Within the Organization 149
Relationships Among and Between EHS, Social, and Governance Issues 150
Effective ES&G Management Structures and Practices 154
Integrating Sustainability into the Company’s “Organizational DNA” 178
Chapter 6 Investors and the Power of Markets 187
Market Theory and Underlying Assumptions 188
Who Investors Are and What They Care About 194
Size and Composition of U.S. Capital Markets 197
Institutional Investors and Fiduciary Duty 209
Traditional and Emerging Security Evaluation Methods 214
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and ES&G Investing 227
ES&G Evaluation and Investing Methods 232
Barriers to ES&G Investing 239
International Situation and Trends 247
Analysts, Rating Agencies, Data Providers, and Other Intermediaries 251
Trends and Potential Game-Changers 254
Summary and Implications 261
Chapter 7 The Financial Impact of Effective (or Ineffective) ES&G/Sustainability Management 267
Insights from the Literature 268
Surveys of Corporate and Investor Attitudes and Beliefs 289
Summary and Implications 299
Chapter 8 Defining, Measuring, and Reporting ES&G Performance 307
Why Performance Measurement and Reporting Are Crucial 308
ES&G Data, Information, Knowledge, and Insight 308
Major ES&G Data Types and Sources 310
Creating Knowledge and Insight from Corporate and Industry ES&G Information 314
Key Needs and Gaps 321
Sustainability Reporting: Extent of Use 323
Evaluation of Current ES&G Reporting Practices, Limitations, and Trends 327
ES&G Research and Analysis Firms 339
Potential Improvements 351
Chapter 9 Making It Happen in Your Organization 359
Creating Sustainable Value for the Enterprise 360
Implications for Sustainability Professionals 369
What It Takes 372
Closing Thoughts 380
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