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Managing the Business Case for Sustainability
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Managing the Business Case for Sustainability

The Integration of Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 

Edited by Stefan Schaltegger and Marcus Wagner, Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM)
April 2006   626 + xiv pp   234 x 156 mm  
hardback   ISBN 978-1-874719-95-3   £55.00  


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To date, only partial aspects of the relationship between sustainability performance, competitiveness and economic performance have been studied from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective. And, to date, no unique relationship has prevailed in empirical studies. So, how should the business case for sustainability be managed?

"This is a critical area — and a key book ... probably the most comprehensive collection to date of business case analyses."
John Elkington

 

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The difficulties in moving towards corporate sustainability raise the question of how environmental and social management can be integrated better with economic business goals. Over the last decade, the relationship between environmental and economic performance, and more recently the interaction between sustainability performance and business competitiveness, have received considerable attention in both theory and practice. However, to date, only partial aspects of the relationship between sustainability performance, competitiveness and economic performance have been studied from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective. And, to date, no unique relationship has prevailed in empirical studies. A number of explanations have been put forward to explain this, including methodological reasons, such as the lack of statistical data, the low quality of that data, or the fact that such data is often available for short time periods only. Other theoretical explanations have been developed, such as the influence of different corporate strategies or the relatively small influence of environmental or sustainability issues as one factor among many on the economic or financial success of firms. So, how should the business case for sustainability be managed?

This is the starting point for this book, which compiles insights on a large number of aspects of the link between sustainability performance, business competitiveness and economic success in an attempt to provide a comprehensive and structured view of this relationship. The book provides an unrivalled body of knowledge on the state of theory and practice in this field and identifies prospective future fields of work.

The book includes: conceptual frameworks for the interaction of social, environmental and economic issues in business environments; case studies of companies that have successfully integrated social, environmental and economic issues; analyses of the causal and empirical relationship between environmental and/or social performance, business performance and firm-level competitiveness; concepts and tools useful for improving business value with proactive operational strategies; assessment of the factors influencing operational sustainability strategies and their economic impact; and comparisons of interactions between sustainability performance and firm competitiveness across industry sectors and countries.

Managing the Business Case for Sustainability is the definitive work in its field: the most comprehensive book yet published on the theory and practice of managing sustainability performance, competitiveness, environmental, social and economic performance in an integrated way. It will be essential reading for managers, academics, consultants, fund managers, governments and government agencies, NGOs and international bodies who need a broad and comprehensive overview of the business case for sustainability.

  
PRAISE

This is a critical area — and a key book ... [this] book provides probably the most comprehensive collection to date of business case analyses, with contributions from more than 40 experts.
John Elkington, Founder and Chief Entrepreneur, SustainAbility

This new book ... provides the most comprehensive collection of analyses currently available in this area.
Professor Peter Forstmoser, CEO, Swiss Re

  
REVIEWS

Laden with the vernacular of corporate social responsibility (CSR), the text is clearly not geared toward a lay audience but toward heavyweights — academics conducting empirical research on CSR and business practitioners trying to make corporate social and environmental sustainability a reality. For this audience, the book will prove an indispensable resource ...

Instead of validating one approach over the other, the researchers identify the strengths of each strategy. Likewise, the book seeks not to endorse one particular perspective on the corporate sustainability, but rather viewpoints across the spectrum. Indeed, what is impressive about the book is its incredible breadth and depth — which might explain its heft!
Bill Baue, socialfunds.com

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I think this book would be an excellent study text for the required reading and study for an MBA or similar, related business study course ...  recommended.
Eagle Bulletin Vol. 17, No. 3 (November 2006)

Foreword

John Elkington, Founder and Chief Entrepreneur, SustainAbility


Foreword

Peter Forstmoser, CEO, Swiss Re


Introduction. Managing and Measuring the Business Case for Sustainability. Capturing the Relationship between Sustainability Performance, Business Competitiveness and Economic Performance

Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany, and Marcus Wagner, Dr Theo Schöller Chair in Technology and Innovation Management, Technische Universität München and Centre for Sustainability Management, Universi
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Part 1. Theory — conceptual approaches
1. The link between environmental and economic performance

Environmental and Economic Performance: The Basic Links

Leena Lankoski, Helsinki University, Finland
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How Can Environmental Management Contribute to Shareholder Value? The Environmental Shareholder Value Approach

Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany
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2. Social performance and economic success

Do Social Objectives Integrate with Core Corporate Objectives? The Future of Social Auditing

Trevor Goddard, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
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Social Performance and Competitiveness: A Socio-Competitive Framework

Kuno Spirig, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland
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3. Integrative approaches

Mapping the Links of Corporate Sustainability: Sustainability Balanced Scorecards as a Tool for Sustainability Performance Measurement and Management

Marcus Wagner, Dr Theo Schöller Chair in Technology and Innovation Management, Technische Universität München and Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany, and Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management, Universi
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A Model of Financial Analysis at the Service of Sustainability

Juan Piñeiro Chousa and Noelia Romero Castro, Department of Finance and Accounting, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Sustainable Value Added: A New Approach to Measuring Corporate Sustainable Performance

Frank Figge, School of the Environment, University of Leeds, UK, and Tobias Hahn, Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, IZT, Germany
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Sustainable Analysis of Industrial Operations: A Proof of Concept Demonstration Study

Sonja Lynn Odom, Laboratory for Sustainable Solutions, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA
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Part II. Empirical surveys — financial markets; industry and country surveys

4. Views from the financial markets

The Economic Performance of European Stock Corporations: Does Sustainability Matter?

Klaus Rennings, Michael Schröder and Andreas Ziegler, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Germany
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Capital Markets and Corporate Environmental Performance: Research in the United States

Dinah A. Koehler, Economics and Decision Sciences Research, National Center for Environmental Research, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
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Sustainable Investment and Financial Performance: Does Sustainability Compromise the Financial Performance of Companies and Investment Funds?

Eckhard Plinke and Andreas Knörzer, Sarasin Sustainability Investments, Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd, Basel, Switzerland
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Benchmarking Competitiveness and Management Quality with the Dow Jones Sustainability Index: The Case of the Automotive Industry and Climate Change

Niki Rosinski, Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), Zurich, Switzerland
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5. Industry surveys

Have Trends in Corporate Environmental Management Influenced Companies’ Competitiveness?

Henning Madsen and John P. Ulhøi, The Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
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Competitiveness, Environmental Performance and Management of SMEs

David Hitchens, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Jens Clausen, IÖW, Germany, Mary Trainor, Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Michael Keil, IÖW, Germany, and Samarthia Thankappan, Cardiff University, UK
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IPPC and the Impact of Best Available Techniques (BAT) on the Competitiveness of European Industry: Survey of the European Non-Ferrous Metals Industry

David Hitchens, School of Management and Economics, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, Frank Farrell, Environment Agency, Bristol, UK, Josefina Lindblom, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Seville, Spain, and Ursula Triebsw
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6. Country surveys

The Mutual Relationship between the Environmental Context and Management in the Netherlands

Ronald S. Batenburg, Department of Information Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
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The Norwegian Environmental Business Barometer

Bjarne E. Ytterhus, Norwegian School of Management (BI), Sandvika, Norway
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Sustainability Performance of Countries: Based on the Example of Oekom Research AG’s Country Rating

Matthias Bönning, Oekom Research, Munich, Germany
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Does a Nation’s Ecological Performance Affect its Economic Stability? The Potential for Enhancing Sovereign Credit Risk Assessments with Ecological Resource Accounts

Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, USA, Chris Martiniak, Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, USA, and University of Michigan Business School, USA, Fred Wellington, World Resources Institute, Sustainable Enterprise Program, and f
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Part III. Evidence — strategies, case studies and management systems

7. Strategies and the business case for sustainability

Achieving Sustainable Corporate Competitiveness: Strategic Link between Top Management’s (Green) Commitment and Corporate Environmental Strategy

Ki-Hoon Lee, KwangWoon University, Korea, and Robert Ball, University of Stirling, UK
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Ecopreneurship and Competitive Strategies: Striving for Market Leadership by Promoting Sustainability

Holger Petersen, Umweltbank Nürnberg and Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany
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Building a Business Case for Corporate Sustainability

Ulrich Steger, Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland
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Developing Value: The Business Case for Sustainability in Emerging Markets

Jodie Thorpe and Kavita Prakash-Mani, SustainAbility, UK
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8. Company cases

Managing Sustainability Performance in the Textile Chain

Stefan Seuring and Maria Goldbach, Supply Chain Management Centre, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
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Sustainability and Competitiveness in the Renewable Energy Sector: The Case of Vestas Wind Systems

Rolf Wüstenhagen, Institute for Economy and the Environment, Switzerland
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Path-Dependent Thinking and Ecoproducts: An Empirical Study of Socio-Cognitive Models and Product Propositions of Ford and Volvo Cars

Mats Williander, Fenix Centre for Research on Knowledge and Business Creation, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
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Honda and Toyota: Using Sustainability in a New Competitive Battleground

Peter A. Stanwick and Sarah D. Stanwick, Department of Management and School of Accountancy, College of Business, Auburn University, USA
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Incremental Change towards Sustainanbility: Integrating Human and Ecological Factors for Efficiency

Suzanne Benn, School of Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and E. Jane Probert, European Business Management School, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, UK
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9. Environmental management systems and competitiveness

ISO 14001: Profitable? Yes! But is it eco-effective?

Jost Hamschmidt and Thomas Dyllick, University of St Gallen, Switzerland
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What Makes Environmental Management Systems Successful? An Empirical Study in the German Manufacturing Sector

Boris Braun, Department of Geography, Otto-Friedrich-University, Bamberg, Germany
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Stefan Schaltegger Stefan Schaltegger is full professor for Management and Business Economics at the University of Lüneburg, Germany and director of the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM). He is head of the MBA sustainability management programme 'Sustainament' and chairman of the Environmental Management Accounting Network (EMAN) Europe. His research deals with sustainability management including sustainability accounting, information management, sustainable finance, sustainable entrepreneurship and strategic environmental management. He is on the board of a number of international scientific associations and journals.
Marcus Wagner Marcus Wagner is assistant professor at the TUM Business School. He is an associate research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, where he also teaches on the MBA programme 'Sustainament'. His research is concerned with innovation and technology management as well as sustainability management in areas such as co-operation in innovation and sustainable and environmental innovation. Dr Wagner was also a lecturer/author at Hagen University (microeconomics; growth, distribution, business cycles; environmental accounting and performance indicators; environmental economics). From 2002 to 2005, he worked as a senior manager/manager in the semiconductor and chemicals industries. In 2001, he was scientific advisor to the Global Reporting Initiative.