Digging Deeper. How Purpose-Driven Enterprises Create Real Value

Auteur(s): Dietmar Sternad
Publicatie: maart 2017
Prijs: € 25,52
Taal: Engels

What is the primary purpose of business? The standard answer is ‘making profits,’ but some visionary entrepreneurs and leaders fundamentally disagree. Instead of just making money, they choose instead to “dig deeper” and make a difference through creating real value – improving the lives of others even as they find deeper meaning in their own. These leaders build enterprises that provide identity and a sense of purpose, create positive relationships and a place to learn and thrive, embed sustainability in all that they do, and strive to improve the quality of life of all of their stakeholders. Although not their primary focus, they also make healthy profits, as their unique approach to value creation provides them with a sustainable competitive edge.

Digging Deeper is a book full of inspiring stories that illustrate that there is an alternative to a myopic and narrow capitalism that trades in inequalities, exploitation, collective burnout and negative consequences for our shared natural environment. Remarkable examples from all over the world vividly demonstrate how enterprises can create real value through focusing on what the authors call the 6 Ls: long-term orientation, lasting relationships, local roots, limits recognition, developing a learning community and taking leadership responsibility seriously in its very best sense.

Digging Deeper liberates the term “value” from the tight chains in which the global financial community has bound it and demonstrates that businesses can contribute to a better life for all ‒ if their leaders can go beyond viewing enterprises as single-purpose money-making machines and develop purpose-driven enterprises that create real value for all.

New economy business, seven windows of opportunity

Auteur(s): Marga Hoek
Publicatie: maart 2016
Prijs: € 39,50
Taal: Engels

New Economy Business shows how business, sustainability and innovation can be brought together to create real, shared value. You will explore seven management areas and read numerous cases from around the globe demonstrating how current transformative trends interact with sustainable business to evolve into tomorrow’s economy. New Economy Business delivers the knowledge and insights needed to do business in an entirely new way, with greater innovative power and broader impact than ever before. New Economy Business was first published in the Netherlands where it was a highly appreciated best seller and is being used as a guiding resource in a broad range of businesses as well as educational institutions. The book was awarded the prestigious title of Management Book of the Year 2014 for its ground-breaking look at the future of our economy and tomorrow’s business. The jury report stated, “This book preceeds reality. It is both theoretical and practical at the same time and challenges a broad readership to forge new pathways.” About the author: Marga Hoek is a visionary and leader in the movement towards a new economy. As CEO, Executive Director, and Advisor in national and international organizations, she has successfully connected educational, governmental and scientific institutions with the business world in order to drive the emergence of a sustainable economy.

The Purpose Economy. How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

Auteur(s): Aaron Hurst
Publicatie: april 2014
Prijs: € 35,52
Taal: Engels

The agrarian economy lasted 8,000 years. The industrial economy dominated for 150 years. The information economy emerged 50 years ago. What will be next? In his new book, The Purpose Economy, leading social entrepreneur Aaron Hurst predicts that purpose will supplant information as the core driver of our economy, exploring everything from how to move markets in the Purpose Economy to maximizing purpose in your career.

Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise. Lessons from Frontrunner Companies

Auteur(s): Rob van Tulder, Rob van Tilburg
Publicatie: augustus 2013
Taal: Engels

In combining practice and theory, this textbook provides a management perspective on the ‘business case’ for sustainability. Drawing on examples from 20 frontrunner companies located in the Netherlands, it builds upon a unique research project in which CEOs and middle-managers gave access not only to their decision-making process, but also revealed how their perceptions shaped the transition process.

This book identifies four different archetypes of business cases and related business models that business students and managers can use to identify phases and related attitudes towards sustainability. The book provides in-depth analysis and insight into:

  • theoretical concepts and an overview of the relevant literature
  • the different business cases for sustainability
  • behavioural characteristics of each phase and the typical barriers between them
  • • more than 70 tipping points
  •  approaches to shaping stakeholder dialogue
  • • effective engagement of stakeholders in each phase of transition
  • • how companies move through the phases towards higher levels of sustainability
  • • insights of employees of the 20 companies whether the business case was really achieved
  • • summary of the interventions which have proved successful in these companies.

This book offers students as well as managers of vocational and academic institutions at undergraduate and postgraduate level insight into real-life transition processes towards sustainability.

Financing Sustainability

Auteur(s): Bernd Jan Sikken
Publicatie: juli 2011
Prijs: 23,90
Taal: Engels

Sustainability thinking is rapidly gaining traction. It offers an inspiring vision for the future of the world and provides significant business and investment opportunities. Based on insights from over 300 empirical studies, this book explores the possibilities in the field of renewable energy finance, carbon trading, and sustainable investing. In addition, it describes innovative finance mechanisms – such as green bonds and peer-to-peer lending – that may further spur environmental and social sustainability. By taking an empirical, fact-based approach, this book aims to provide investors, business executives, and policymakers with a more thorough understanding of how sustainable finance can create value for business and society.

The Age of Responsibility. CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business

Auteur(s): Wayne Visser
Publicatie: februari 2011
Prijs: € 29,85
Taal: Engels

Praise for The Age of Responsibility

“Wayne Visser’s The Age of Responsibility elegantly and persuasively demonstrates the limits and failures of traditional CSR and also the kinds of reforms needed to create conditions for genuine corporate responsibility. Rich with insight, information and analyses, and highly readable for its excellent writing and poignant stories, the book is a crucial contribution to understanding where we are with CSR and what we need to do to move forward.”

Green to Gold. How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Auteur(s): Daniel C. Esty, Andrew Winston
Publicatie: januari 2009
Prijs: €19,49
Taal: Engels

This book explains what every executive should know to manage the environmental challenges facing society and the business world. Based on the authors’ rich experience with forward-thinking companies around the world, Green to Gold demonstrates how corporations create value by building environmental thinking into their overall business strategies. Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston provide clear “how to” advice for making sense of environmental challenges, and they offer detailed case examples of how companies achieve both environmental and business success—establishing an eco-advantage in the marketplace.

Green to Gold is written for executives at all levels and businesses of all kinds. It guides the business leader through pollution and natural resource management issues and the growing pressure from outside stakeholders to strive for “sustainability.” While highlighting successful strategies, Esty and Winston also examine why environmental initiatives may fail despite best intentions.

With practical suggestions for incorporating environmental thinking into core business strategy, and with a clear focus on execution—not legalisms, platitudes, and abstractions—Esty and Winston present a thoughtful, pragmatic roadmap that shows how companies can use environmental pressures and responsibilities to spark innovation and drive growth.

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility. A Complete Reference Guide to Concepts, Codes and Organisations

Auteur(s): Wayne Visser
Publicatie: november 2007
Prijs: € 63,29
Taal: Engels

This is the world’s first complete reference on CSR, compiled by the Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs (the ICCA). The entries have been written by leading experts, leading global thinkers and CSR practitioners.In these pages lie the answers to questions such as:

  • What do we mean by CSR?
  • In what way are organizations viewed as citizens of the countries in which they operate?
  • How does a company know when it is operating in a sustainable way
  • What is ethical investment?

The reference also lists and describes the most important organizations and landmarks in the field of CSR.The book comprises 339 terms, which are split into core concepts, key words and definitions to form the standard reference for managers, academics, teachers, students, officials and volunteers in the field of CSR.This is a timely and innovative contribution to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility – the definitive terminology reference on CSR, business society relations and the organizations and standards in the field.

Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things

Auteur(s): Michael Braungart , William McDonough
Publicatie: april 2002
Prijs: € 19,95
Taal: Engels

Challenges the concept that industry must inevitably damage the natural environment as it argues that products should be designed so that after their useful life they provide nourishment for something else–as biological nutrients that safely reenter the environment or as technical nutrients that circulate within closed-loop industrial circles. 15,000 first printing.

Cannibals with Forks. Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business

Auteur(s): John Elkington
Publicatie: september 1999
Prijs: € 14,31
Taal: Engels

Elkington convincingly argues that future market success will often depend upon a company’s ability to satisfy the three-pronged fork of profitability, environmental quality, and social justice. This lively and practical guide outlines the seven great sustainable revolutions that are already unfolding, showing how business leaders should respond and profiles some of the world’s best-known companies including Nike, Wal-mart, Levi Strauss, Volkswagen, Texaco, Intel, Volvo, Dow Chemical, Electrolux, Novo Nordisk, and Shell.