Products that Flow – Circular Business Models and Design Strategies for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods

Auteur(s): Siem Haffmans, Marjolein van Gelder, Ed van Hinte
Publicatie: oktober 2018
Prijs: € 27,99
Taal: Engels

A large part of our current linear economy consists of fast moving consumer goods. Products that Flow is about the design of these goods: mass produced and inexpensive products that people buy on a regular basis and have a short lifespan. Whether we look at fast fashion, food and drinks (including packaging) or disposables such as plastic cups, after a short usage period the product becomes waste. A great deal of this waste is leaking into the environment on landfills or plastic soups.

Should we stop consuming these products? Can we live without packaging, consumables and fashion? We might be able to, but sometimes we need them – for example in case of packaging that protects a product and therefore prevents food waste.

We need a more circular approach to fast moving consumer goods, starting at the beginning of production and consumption: the design. Through circular business models and design strategies Products that Flow demonstrates how end-of-life products can become a resource for new ones instead of becoming waste.

Getting all the Motives Right – Driving International Corporate Responsibility (ICR) to the Next Level

Auteur(s): Rob van Tulder
Publicatie: oktober 2018
Prijs: € 26,45
Taal: Engels

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Getting all the Motives Right applies the latest insights from organizational psychology, organization sience and business model literature (amongst others) to help managers better understand their own motivations to become more sustainable and show ways to effectively realize these ambitions. This book includes concrete tools for managers, such as a distance map, issue priority schemes, partnership portfolio strategies, identification of tipping points and the like.

Trust Inc. – How Business Wins Respect in a Social Media Age

Auteur(s): Matthew Yeomans
Publicatie: augustus 2018
Prijs: € 32,99
Taal: Engels

We are entering the age of sustainability – a business era where every company, big and small, must adapt its way of doing business to meet the realities of climate change, a finite supply of natural resources, evolving attitudes about inequality, increasing digitisation and automation. At the same time companies must meet the demands of consumers as they adjust to this rapidly changing way of life. Supercharging this change in consumer behaviour is social media – a communications revolution that is democratising and disrupting society in ways never seen before.

In this book, Matthew Yeomans explains why embracing sustainability is key to helping companies articulate their sense of purpose (and their reason to exist) in a world where social media is eroding trust in all institutions. The book shows how social media has made sustainability a mainstream concern for all society, how it compelled companies to be more authentic and accountable in their actions and how it will continue to shape how companies communicate the importance of sustainability to all of society.

This book is a powerful guide for both communication and marketing professionals in business, especially Fortune 500, FTSE 250 companies and agencies, on how to use social media to communicate with their audiences and stakeholders in an authentic way. It is also a guide/text book for the growing field of sustainability communication in higher education.

Ethicisms and their risks: 150 new cartoons about ethics at work

Auteur(s): Muel Kaptein
Publicatie: juni 2018
Prijs: Free download
Taal: Engels

Cartoons are a powerful tool for reflection on ethics in the workplace. This book contains 150 new cartoons. Each cartoon refers to a view about ethics (an ethicism) and its risk. The cartoons can be used to address ethical issues at work in a visual and humoristic way. Muel Kaptein is a professor of business ethics and integrity at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is also partner at KPMG where he helps organizations in developing and auditing their ethics.

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Responsible Business. Making Strategic Decisions to Benefit People, the Planet and Profits

Auteur(s): Annemieke Roobeek, Jacques de Swart, Myrthe van der Plas
Publicatie: juni 2018
Prijs: € 34,99
Taal: Engels

Until recently, profit has been the driving force for most business decisions. However, business leaders must now look more widely at their actions to assess the impact of these on people both inside and outside the organization as well as the environment. Responsible Business provides a seven step framework that eliminates internal bias and can be used to make decisions that increase profits, benefit staff and protect the environment as a whole. This means that personal values, ethics and morals can be aligned with business goals and overall company strategy.

Responsible Business will enable business leaders to answer questions including what values should be attached to financial and non-financial aspects of business decisions? How can these values be translated into concrete manageable actions? and which decisions best suit the strategic goals of the organization? Readers will have access to the business simulator tool which removes the complexity, ambiguity and stress of business decisions to allow leaders to manage the competing priorities in their organization and confidently make the best investment decisions for their business. With diverse case studies from organizations who have benefited from this approach, this book is essential reading for everyone needing to evaluate their investment decisions.

Barriers and Best Practices for the Circular Economy

Auteur(s): SMO Promovendi
Publicatie: maart 2018
Prijs: free
Taal: Engels

The current linear economic system (take – make – dispose) is not sustainable as it has irreversible harmful impacts on the environment and the wealth of our societies.
A transition from a linear to a circular economic system is necessary, but becomes more and more complex, which makes cooperation between academia, business and government more important than ever. Even though a lot of valuable scientific research and professional expertise on circular economy is available, this knowledge often does not find its way to the relevant stakeholders, leaving many opportunities to accelerate the transition to circular economy untaken.

As SMO Promovendi, a multidisciplinary group of young researchers, we aim to close this knowledge loop by making research accessible and actionable for stakeholders with shared ambitions for the circular economy. We believe that a large-scale shift to the circular economy is the only viable solution to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges we are facing today.40+ in-depth interviews with financial parties, businesses, NGOs and consumer representatives were conducted to identify the main challenges and opportunities for the transition into a circular economy.Combining these insights with our multidisciplinary scientific background to provide an overview of the top 5 challenges & opportunities across the three domains Business, Finance and Consumers.

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The Trillion Dollar Shift – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Business for Good is Good Business.

Auteur(s): Marga Hoek
Publicatie: januari 2018
Prijs: €42,95
Taal: Engels

Over the past 30 years, the world has seen great social improvements. Technology has been developing at an enormous pace and is helping to solve our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Yet, despite this success, our current model of development is still deeply problematic. Natural disasters triggered by climate change have doubled since the 1980s, violence and armed conflict now cost more than 13 percent of GDP, social inequality and youth unemployment is worsening around the world, and climate change threatens the global population with tremendous environmental as well as social problems.

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, this book sets out how business and capital now have a real opportunity to help resolve these problems. Businesses are often accused of greenwash’ or bluewash’. With clear and plentiful examples and cases of how businesses are making a difference, profiles of the SDG pioneers, and the relevant facts and figures to support the cases, this highly readable book is a must-read for businesses (large and small) that wish to genuinely support the delivery of the SDGs.

The Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) drive change and offer a narrative and an opportunity to all to speak in one language on sustainability. They provide us with a clear set of targets for 2030. Through following the SDGs, opportunities abound for business and capital to unlock markets which offer endless potential for profit while at the same time working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This book illustrates for business how to make the much-needed Trillion Dollar Shift.

The book can be downloaded for free here but a hard copy is a must have!

 

Company Citizen – Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community

Auteur(s): Tom Levitt
Publicatie: januari 2018
Prijs: € 29,54
Taal: Engels

Business doing good is doing good business; this book learns from the era where governments ruled the world, pre-globalisation, and where business looked after itself, where issues like climate change, resource depletion and even poverty and hunger were not thought to be the responsibility of business.

The Company Citizen concludes that not only are these key issues for business today but that the world will not be able to manage these issues without the active participation – even leadership – of business. Aware of the shortcomings of both government and civil society the author argues that environmental sustainability, economic and social inclusion and the better management of resources are all key issues for business and that it makes good business sense to manage them better. This book examines the case for the company citizen on a global, national and community level working alongside other. Never has the conscientious company citizen, as envisaged by 19th century Quaker philanthropists, been more needed; and never has that business case, one that justifies a long-term commitment to practical corporate behaviour for good, been more clear.
Drawing attention both to the businesses that are taking the lead and those who are holding us back, the author concludes that only by involving business can we tackle the great issues of the day – and survive, as communities, nation and planet.

Brand the Change – The branding guide for social entrepreneurs, disruptors, not-for-profits and corporate troublemakers

Auteur(s): Anne Miltenburg
Publicatie: januari 2018
Prijs: € 29,90
Taal: Engels

Brand the Change unpacks the brand building process in practical steps. Whether you are building an innovative new product, creating a service for good, spreading a new idea, or positioning yourself as a leader in your field, thinking like a brand strategist will help you to create a clear, compelling offer, develop unique brand experiences and ultimately attract and convert the right audiences.

The book offers the tools and exercises to build your own brand and offers a rich array of tips from trademarking to digital marketing, and inspires with case studies of successful change-making brands.

The content has been developed based on years of experience in building brands, conversations with dozens of changemakers, understanding their branding challenges and required knowledge and skills, and extensive content testing with hundreds of workshop participants. It contains 23 tools and exercises, 14 case studies from change-making organisations across the world and 7 guest essays from experts.

4’33” Time for a Circular Economy

Auteur(s): Collectief Circulaire Economie
Publicatie: december 2017
Prijs: € 24,99
Taal: Engels

John Cage wrote 4’33” as a modern music work (1953). It is not played by performers using instruments, but tacet: instruments are not used at all. This does not mean it is a silent work. It is a creation built up of ambient sounds, of that which is present in the moment.

Silence is the invitation to explore what truth is and experience that truth is an unfolding quality within each of us. The essence is that that the supposed division between ourselves and others or our environment is recognised to be an illusion. Cage wanted to remove all traces of the ego of the composer in this work. The way the performance sounds is not about the composer, but about the collective – or field – in the audience.

The realisation of a circular economy presupposes a mind shift. The challenge is to abstain from an ego-economy (‘I’, materialism and competition) and work towards an eco-economy (‘we’, values and sharing). This process is supported by personal growth. Silence and attention to personal development is crucial and a key factor in society as well as in education.

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