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Essentials for Business

First Edition

April 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

This is a really well-researched and well-written academic book. Although it focuses on the American market, it has many examples that are applicable to the whole world. Furthermore, the questions of sustainability as a business practice is now relevant and applicable to most industries, which in my case is the fashion industry.

Professor Olga Mitterfellner
Mode Management, Mediadesign Hochschule
August 26, 2015

An easily accessible book that provides case studies. I felt the book provided a solid insight to the difficulties being faced by organisation when discussing sustainability.

An enjoyable read recommended to entry level.

Mr Daniel Slade
Work Place Learning , City of Bristol College
June 22, 2015

The book offers a focused economic\business perspective to Sustainability. the concept of Sustainability has been used widely sometimes in a vague less meaningful manner. The book offers a focused approach. this is extremely helpful for beginners in research in the field of Sustainability.

Professor Simphiwe Mini
Department of Geography, University of South Africa
May 19, 2015

the book provides good coverage of key topics in the field of sustainability studies. it provides good background reading for students who do not attend the course as well.

Dr Laura Colucci-Gray
School of Education, Aberdeen University
May 19, 2015

The best book to cover the majority of the competencies.

Ms Chantel Hampton
Social Science , Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
March 27, 2015

This book is accessible and well-organised. Unfortunately it lacks critical reflections and fails to address significant controversies and contestations in the field.

Dr Emanuela Girei
Psychology, Franklin College
March 5, 2015

Good core text.

Ms Lise Georgeson
School of Management & Business Enterprise, St Mary's University College, Twickenham
September 26, 2014

Sustainability is such a key topic for MBA students and this book is very useful as a resource for them.

Ms Rita Walsh
School of Business, Royal Agricultural College
September 19, 2014

A good comprehensive account of all the issues relevant to sustainability and business. This proves invaluable especially to law students and other non business students.

Mr Joel Klaff
School of Law and Criminology, Derby University
April 8, 2014

Sustainable Enterprise was better in my view.

Dr Lawrence Audler
Business Administration , Our Lady of Holy Cross College
March 14, 2014

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