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Beyond the Bottom Line

Integrating Sustainability into Business and Management Practice

Beyond the Bottom Line: Integrating the UN Global Compact into Management Practice is the first book to look at how the Ten UN Global Compact Principles and the sustainability agenda can be incorporated into business practice. The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative and, with over 12,000 participating organizations, provides a major influence on global business sustainability practices. Its mission is to guide organizations in how to (1) do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and (2) take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

This new book addresses head-on some of the most persistent managerial challenges faced by businesses and organizations today. To what extent are businesses able to practice responsible management with regard to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact? How can managers of organizations comprehensively and pragmatically address the risks and responsibilities concerning these complex and changing issues in their policies and practice? It also offers a platform for academics to confront some of the most intriguing intellectual challenges on this topic.

It is wonderful to see a book which makes the UN Global Compact and its ten principles so applicable and accessible. The book chapters shed light on the various aspects of the Global Compact and it is highly useful for both academics and practitioners. A timely publication, which will serve companies that are committed to society, the environment and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Debbie Haski-Leventhal Associate Professor in Management and Faculty Leader of Global Citizenship Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University and Editor of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development

Table of Contents


Organization of the Book

Milenko Gudic, Tay Keong Tan, Patricia Flynn


Introduction to Building the Platform

Milenko Gudic, Tay Keong Tan, Patricia Flynn


Chapter 1: Prosocially-Centered Leadership Creates Global Stewards     

Timothy Ewest


Chapter 2: Listening and Engaging to Lead Responsibly  

Jyoti Bachani and Mary E. Vradelis


Chapter 3: Cross-sectoral solution finding and policy dialogue on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Development:  The Case of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID)    

Julia Puaschunder


Chapter 4: Off-Grid Solar Energy and the UN Global Compact

Inara Scott


Chapter 5: New Collaborative Ways of Organizing Corporate Social Responsibility

Inger Jensen


Chapter 6: Embedding the Human Rights and Labour UNGC Principles: A Tata Steel Case Study

Sunil Bhaskaran and Priyadarshini Sharma


Chapter 7: Our Need, Your Interest: Responsible Decision Making in Private Equity

Dianne Lynne Bevelander and Michael John Page


Chapter 8: Gender Diversity and Corporate Sustainability: Insights from a German Multinational Company

Christine Naschberger and Madhumitha Ravikumar


Chapter 9: Reaching the Bottom Billion through Inclusive Business: Lessons from Enterprises in Africa

Ijeoma Nwagwu


Chapter 10: The Global Sanitation Crisis: A Role for Business

Diane M. Kellogg


Chapter 11: Gender, Poverty and Leadership: The Case of the Chibok Girls

Roni Ajao, Nikos Bozionelos, and Camilla Quental


Chapter 12: Ecosystem Restoration in the Limestone Mines in Odisha, India

Meenakshi Kakkar and Lisa M. Fox


Chapter 13: The UN Global Compact and the Governance of Situated Firms

David Williamson and Gary Lynch-Wood


Chapter 14: Integrating Social Responsibility into Public Institutions, Organizations and Administration   

Athanasios Chymis, Paolo D’Anselmi and Christos Triantopoulos


Concluding Remarks and Looking Ahead              

Milenko Gudic, Tay Keong Tan, Patricia Flynn

MILENKO GUDIĆ is the founder of Refoment Consulting and Coaching. TAY KEONG TAN is a Senior Project Fellow, Radford University. PATRICIA M. FLYNN is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management, Bentley University.

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