Home > Store > Business Communication > Business Skills

Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $55.99
  • List Price: $69.99
  • Includes EPUB, MOBI, and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    MOBI MOBI The eBook format compatible with the Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle applications.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Adobe® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discretely watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.

Description

  • Copyright 2012
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-287446-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-287446-5

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. In Creating 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.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1 Introduction    1

Major Themes and Messages in This Book     4

A Few Disclosures and Caveats     9

Endnotes     12

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

Endnotes     54

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

Endnotes     106

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

Endnotes     147

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

Endnotes     185

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

Disclosure     201

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

Endnotes     263

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

Endnotes     305

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

Endnotes     356

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

Endnotes     380

References    381

Index    393

Updates

Submit Errata

More Information

ONE MONTH ACCESS!

WITH PURCHASE


Get unlimited 30-day access to thousands of Books & Training Videos about technology, professional development and digital media If you continue your subscription after your 30-day trial, you can receive 30% off a monthly subscription to the Safari Library for up to 12 months.