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Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good

Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good is a book authored by Chris Laszlo and published in 2008 by Stanford University Press (US) and Greenleaf Publishing(UK).

Chris Laszlo shows that companies creating sustainable value are going beyond regulatory compliance and energy conservation. They are differentiating their products by making them more accessible (or less toxic) and finding new products that address environmental and social problems, and then driving the innovation into supply that are more “green” in both senses of the word. The book gives a detailed account of the real-life sustainability stories of DuPont, Wal-Mart, Lafarge, and Cargill’s NatureWorks. The first section of the book is a management fable about a young CEO and the challenges she faces in addressing her company's impact on society and the environment, while remaining profitable. Part II outlines the new competitive environment in which societal challenges are becoming huge business opportunities. Part III introduces the Sustainable Value tool-kit—a step-by-step approach to creating and managing value for stakeholders in a broad range of sectors in today's shifting competitive environment.

Chris Laszlo is a Visiting Professor at Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and co-founder of color="#3366FF">Sustainable Value Partners, LLCwhere he has advised thousands of executives on sustainability for competitive advantage.

For more about Chris Laszlo's latest book, see the book's website

Reception

"Read Sustainable Value, dispel the myth that environmental responsibility is expensive, and form a new vision of industry as part of the solution rather than a part of the problem; and more profitable at that, not less."—"Ray Anderson", Founder and Chairman, "Interface, Inc".
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