July 10, 2008

Book Review - Business Guide to Sustainability

Integrating sustainable practices into businesses and organizations is not just good for the environment, it can save the company time and money as well. Hitchcock and Willard define the concepts behind sustainability in practical terms and provide numerous examples of how these ideas can be integrated into manufacturing, business practices, and organizational behavior. In the first part, they introduce the fundamental concepts within sustainability, demonstrating its strategic goals and cautioning that a change agent or coordinator is required in most organization to keep the shift toward more sustainable practices on track. The second part offers concrete tools, tips and ideas for integrating sustainable practices. This part is divided by industry, addressing general offices and customer services, manufacturing and design, and government agencies. The third section continues to discuss practical ways to implement sustainable practices, but does so looking at traditional functions and roles within organizations such as management, facilities, human resources, purchasing, marketing, and financial management. This hands-on guide does not discuss the theories behind sustainability in much depth, but provides numerous small ways that these ideas can be used to improve businesses and organizations.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Business Guide to Sustainability: Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations
Darcy Hitchcock & Marsha Willard
HD 30.255 .H58 2006