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Creating a Sustainable Organization Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability

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ISBN-10: 0132874407

ISBN-13: 9780132874403

Edition: 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Peter A. Soyka

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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.
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/25/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540

Introduction
Major Themes and Messages in This Book
A Few Disclosures and Caveats
Endnotes
Background and Context
What Is Sustainability, and Why Is It Important to Business?
Why Sustainability Is and Will Remain Important to U.S. Corporations
Where We've Been and What We've Learned
What ESG/Sustainability Investing Is and Why You May Never Have Heard of It
Major Factors, Actors, and Trends
ES&G Concerns as Key Requirements and Determinants of Long-Term Business Success
Implications for Sustainability Professionals and Others Working on Corporate Sustainability Issues
Endnotes
ES&G Issues and How They Affect the Business Enterprise
Environmental, Health and Safety, and Social Equity Laws and Regulations
An Abridged History
Corporate ES&G Obligations
Legal Liability
Stakeholder Expectations and Nonlegal Requirements
Costs and Cost Structure
Revenue Impacts
Organizational Strength and Capability
Endnotes
Stakeholder Interests and Influences and the Social License to Operate
The Social License to Operate
Major Company Stakeholders
Typical Stakeholder Involvement in and Influence on Corporate Behavior
Endnotes
Managing ES&G Issues Within the Organization
Relationships Among and Between EHS, Social, and Governance Issues
Effective ES&G Management Structures and Practices
Integrating Sustainability into the Company's "Organizational DNA"
Endnotes
Investors and the Power of Markets
Market Theory and Underlying Assumptions
Who Investors Are and What They Care About
Size and Composition of U.S. Capital Markets
Disclosure
Institutional Investors and Fiduciary Duty
Traditional and Emerging Security Evaluation Methods
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and ES&G Investing
ES&G Evaluation and Investing Methods
Barriers to ES&G Investing
International Situation and Trends
Analysts, Rating Agencies, Data Providers, and Other Intermediaries
Trends and Potential Game-Changers
Summary and Implications
Endnotes
The Financial Impact of Effective (or Ineffective) ES&G/Sustainability Management
Insights from the Literature
Surveys of Corporate and Investor Attitudes and Beliefs
Summary and Implications
Endnotes
Defining, Measuring, and Reporting ES&G Performance
Why Performance Measurement and Reporting Are Crucial
ES&G Data, Information, Knowledge, and Insight
Major ES&G Data Types and Sources
Creating Knowledge and Insight from Corporate and Industry ES&G Information
Key Needs and Gaps
Sustainability Reporting: Extent of Use
Evaluation of Current ES&G Reporting Practices, Limitations, and Trends
ES&G Research and Analysis Firms
Potential Improvements
Endnotes
Making It Happen in Your Organization
Creating Sustainable Value for the Enterprise
Implications for Sustainability Professionals
What It Takes
Closing Thoughts
Endnotes
References
Index