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Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Kevin Wilhelm

Published by FT Press

Published Date: Apr 20, 2013

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4) says that major persistent threats to the planet, such as climate change, the rate of species extinction, and the challenges of feeding a growing population, to name a few, are all putting humanity at risk.  While addressing climate change is a great challenge, it is also a solvable one. 

 

Return on Sustainability highlights the risk of inaction for businesses when it comes to climate change, but also contains best practices to allow them to capitalize of the numerous business opportunities that climate change presents, including increased profitability, enhanced brand value, and improved shareholder relations.  The first section contains practical actions and real-world case studies of companies that have successfully improved their climate performances, enhanced brand value, and increased profitability at the same time.  The second and third sections of this book focus on the various risks that companies face from potential carbon regulation and the market factors forcing businesses to take action, whether they want to or not. 

 

This book provides the steps and strategies necessary to take leadership actions to help business "future-proof" society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v
Foreword     vii
Introduction     xi
Section 1: Addressing Climate Change: The Business Benefit     1
Chapter 1: The Climate Imperative     3
Chapter 2: Carbon Footprinting     11
Chapter 3: Business Benefit     25
Chapter 4: Return on Sustainability (ROS)      41
Section 2: Policy, Regulation, & Carbon     59
Chapter 5: Public Policy     61
Chapter 6: Carbon Taxes & Cap and Trade     75
Section 3: The Market: Demanding Action     91
Chapter 7: Energy     93
Chapter 8: Finance     105
Chapter 9: Insurance     125
Chapter 10: Supply Chain Management     133
Chapter 11: Marketing to Green Consumers     147
Chapter 12: Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting     157
Final Thoughts     167
About My Firm: Sustainable Business Consulting     169
Glossary     177
Appendix A: Equator Principles Financial Institutions     183
Appendix B: United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment     187
Appendix C: Comparison of Businesses Across Various Sustainability Rankings 2007     191
Appendix D: CSR Standards & Certifications     197
Appendix E: Interview & Text Box References     203
Endnotes     207

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