Lyle Estill has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Lyle is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible, Biodiesel Power and now the editor of Small Stories, Big Changes. Unflinchingly honest and compulsively readable Small Stories, Big Changes provides an intimate look at the personal experience of being a pioneer in the sustainability movement, laying bare the emotional, spiritual and financial impact of a life lived in the service of change. Activist, farmer, publisher, philosopher or entrepreneur; each writer has a unique personal tale to tell.
– 368 pages
6 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)
Weight: 635 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Green Business
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2005-04-01
The Next Sustainability Wave
Building Boardroom Buy-in
by Bob Willard
foreword by Hunter Lovins
The idea of sustainability has been embraced enthusiastically by some businesses and rejected by others. The first wave of corporate converts to sustainability was driven by a PR crisis perhaps, regulatory pressures, or the founder's personal passion. The next wave, however, requires different drivers if it is to build a critical mass for corporate responsibility in the business community.
The Next Sustainability Wave assesses why companies have resisted sustainability strategies and focuses on two emerging drivers that promise to spur corporate commitment to sustainability strategies:
- a compelling business case, and
- a "perfect storm" of threatening market forces on the horizon that range from climate change to the rising demands of stakeholders.
An effective carrot-and-stick duo, these two drivers are both triggering the need for change and providing a vision of business success if the transition to sustainable operations, products, and services is smartly managed.
Emphasizing the importance of how sustainability is presented to corporate leaders - using the right language, and avoiding threats to the status quo that provoke habitual corporate defense mechanisms -- the book applies effective selling techniques to reposition sustainability strategies as a means to achieving existing corporate ends, rather than as a separate priority to worry about. It sells sustainability as a solution, a business strategy, and a catalyst for business transformation. An appendix gives a version of the sustainability business case for Small-to-Medium-level Enterprises.
Designed for quick reading and reference -- right pages furthering the argument, while left pages provide support materials -- the book is especially useful for those wanting to convince busy executives and board members.
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