Managing the Business Case for Sustainability: The Integration of Social, Environmental and Economic Performance

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  • 626 Pages
  • Greenleaf Publishing Ltd
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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.

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.
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John Elkington, Founder and Chief Entrepreneur, SustainAbility

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

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

- How Can Environmental Management Contribute to Shareholder Value? The Environmental Shareholder Value Approach
Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany

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

- Social Performance and Competitiveness: A Socio-Competitive Framework
Kuno Spirig, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

5. Industry surveys
- Have Trends in Corporate Environmental Management Influenced Companies' Competitiveness?
Henning Madsen and John P. Ulhøi, The Aarhus School of Business, Denmark

- 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

- 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

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

- The Norwegian Environmental Business Barometer
Bjarne E. Ytterhus, Norwegian School of Management (BI), Sandvika, Norway

- Sustainability Performance of Countries: Based on the Example of Oekom Research AG's Country Rating
Matthias Bönning, Oekom Research, Munich, Germany

- 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

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

- Ecopreneurship and Competitive Strategies: Striving for Market Leadership by Promoting Sustainability
Holger Petersen, Umweltbank Nürnberg and Centre for Sustainability Management, University of Lüneburg, Germany

- Building a Business Case for Corporate Sustainability
Ulrich Steger, Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland

- Developing Value: The Business Case for Sustainability in Emerging Markets
Jodie Thorpe and Kavita Prakash-Mani, SustainAbility, UK

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

- Sustainability and Competitiveness in the Renewable Energy Sector: The Case of Vestas Wind Systems
Rolf Wüstenhagen, Institute for Economy and the Environment, Switzerland

- 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

- 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

- 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

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

- 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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