The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability

The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability

Giselle Weybrecht

Language: English

Pages: 478

ISBN: 1118760638

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Whether you are an employee, a manager, an entrepreneur or a CEO, The Sustainable MBA Second Edition provides the knowledge and tools to help you ‘green’ your job and organization, to turn sustainability talk into action for the benefit of your bottom line and society as a whole.

Based on more than 150 interviews with experts in business, international organizations, NGOs and universities from around the world, this book brings together all the pieces of the business and sustainability puzzle including:

  • What sustainability is, why you should be interested, how to get started, and what a sustainable organization looks like.
  • A wide range of tools, guidelines, techniques and concepts that you can use to implement sustainability practices.
  • Information on how to be a sustainability champion or intrapraneur in your organization including how to sell these ideas to your team and how to incorporate them into any job.
  •  A survey of the exciting trends in sustainable business happening around the world.
  •  A wealth of links to interesting resources for more information.

The Sustainable MBA Second Edition is organized like a business school course, allowing you easy access to the relevant information you need about sustainability as it relates to Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior and HR, Operations and Strategy.

The Sustainable MBA Second Edition has been updated to reflect global developments in this evolving field to remain the definitive guide to sustainable business. Additional resources to accompany the book are available at















worlds in order to really move us forward in this field. When I started the MBA I found that students were interested in sustainability, but didn’t know how to balance that interest with their career plans. Many believed it was a choice they had to make, xvi Preface you either go into business or you go into something more ‘meaningful’ for society, like an NGO or a charity. At the time, and unfortunately to this day, I am surprised at how little these issues are brought up in classes, and when

Advisors, Anders Aspling at GRLI, Roger Bancroft at GreenEarth Cleaning, Shima Barakat and Shai Vyakarnam at the University of Cambridge, Leeora Black and xx Acknowledgments Gail Rehbein at ACCSR, Richard Boele at Banarra, Gib Bulloch and Peter Lacy at Accenture, Alice Chapple at Forum for the Future, David Collison at the University of Dundee, Jackson Carroll at McKinsey, Peggy Cunningham at Queen’s University, Kim Custard, Nancy Parker, Jeremy Lardeau and Andrew Smith at PWC, Rebecca Dixon

could slip under the radar. Laws and regulations that once mostly affected larger companies are starting to apply to smaller ones as well. Flexibility. SMEs are able to respond to the changing business environment with greater speed and flexibility, meaning they will be able to integrate sustainability directly into their business plans more efficiently. Reach and opportunities. SMEs and entrepreneurs may be able to identify and reach markets and groups that are currently not being effectively

Global Compact, and the IFC Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability. There are also a number of voluntary initiatives, often industry-specific, including the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. Take a look at toolkits developed by the UNEP Finance Initiative (, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (, and the Guide to Corporate Human Rights Impact Assessment Tools

anti-bribery programs ( See also Principles for Countering Bribery (, Resisting Extortion and Solicitation in International Transactions (, and the UN Global Compact work on bribery ( Ethics and Corporate Governance 171 transactions should be inspected within established independent systems of auditing and comply with all provisions of national tax laws and regulations. • The board of directors (or other body)

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