Sustainable Frontiers: Launch Events

SustfrontSustainable Frontiers:
Unlocking Change for Transforming Business and Technology

Wayne Visser
June 2015, Greenleaf Publishing


Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up to be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation. It gets to the heart of why the sustainability and CSR movements have failed in the past and offers a new view of how sustainable business practices can shape-shift to make a genuine difference inside and outside organisations.

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Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy

ILOPeter Poschen, Director of the ILO Enterprises Department and author of Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy: Solutions for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (Greenleaf Publishing 2015), argues that the world of work has a central role to play in tackling climate change and ensuring a just transition to a green economy.



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Closing the Gender Gap


What business schools can do to increase the number of women in the corporate world.



This article was originally posted in BizEd, on February 26, 2015: see

The data in this article is based on research highlighted in “Gender Equality in Business Schools: The Elephant in the Room,” a chapter in the newly published book Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining (Greenleaf Publishing). It is part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)/Greenleaf Publishing book series.

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UK launch of Beyond Governments

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Beyond Governments
Making Collective Governance Work – Lessons from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Eddie Rich and Jonas Moberg
June 2015, Greenleaf Publishing

With a Foreword by Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development

In a world characterised by globalisation, governments increasingly find themselves unable to govern. Corruption is everywhere, natural resources are being exploited, the environment damaged, markets distorted, and the fight against poverty is often ineffective. Certain challenges cannot be addressed by governments alone. Increasingly, collective governance “beyond governments” is seen as part of the solution, with state and non-state actors working together.

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Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship launched at IE Awards Roundtable

We are pleased to announce that Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers was launched at the IE Awards for Sustainability in the Premium & Luxury Sector on July 1st.  Editors María Eugenia Girón and Miguel Angel Gardetti  participated in a roundtable discussion with luxury experts Daniel Joutard, Kresse Wesling, María José Marín and Oliver Wayman.

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To celebrate, we are offering a discount of 20% on Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers. Click here to order and enter the code IEAWARD20 at the checkout.

Call for Contributions to Sustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation

Namestyle_cmykSustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation

Greenleaf Publishing

Editors: Miguel Angel Gardetti, Center for Studies on Sustainable Luxury
Ana Laura Torres, Center for Study on Sustainable Hospitality, Argentina

Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2014

There is an increasing need for hotels to demonstrate a commitment to reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their operations. Whatever their size, location and target market, hotel services are finding themselves held to account for their sustainability practices and policies.

Yet the varying consumers of their services have diverse, and occasionally conflicting, expectations. This presents a decision-making challenge to the hotel industry: how can they successfully meet the demands of their stakeholders for comfort and efficiency while operating sustainably? What level of advantage is achieved by operating sustainably? What does a successful dialogue on sustainability issues, between hotel sector management and consumers achieve?  And how can well-developed and implemented sustainability practices further increase perceived, and actual, value for the customer?
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The Dark Side 2: Review

Corporate responsibility adviser Adrian Henriques

Corporate responsibility adviser Adrian Henriques

By Adrian Henriques, Visiting Professor of Accountability and CSR, Middlesex University Business School

Review of the book, The Dark Side 2: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business

The importance of a rounded look at CSR cannot be over-estimated. If CSR is to be more than a PR programme, then it is necessary to examine how things have gone badly as well as how things have gone well. For academic research and teaching, it is vital. There is no shortage of positive case studies out there, but there is a dearth of critical ones. In 2009 Raufflet and Mills produced the first volume of the Dark Side, containing case studies that illustrated how things can go wrong between businesses and society. Now, four years later, here is another volume of critical case studies.
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Roma Debabrata: How a poisonous injection drove me to rescue child prostitutes

“Even if it kills me  tomorrow, there’s nothing better I can do with my life.” - Roma Debabrata

“Even if it kills me tomorrow, there’s nothing better I can do with my life.” – Roma Debabrata

Snatched from their families, sold for bread or married off to men three times their age. An estimated 1.2 million children are being forced into sex work in hovels scattered around the slums of Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai and other parts of India.

The Indian government estimates that around three million citizens are involved in sex work, most of them vulnerable women and children. Child prostitution and pornography is big business, generating around US$5bn a year. What can be done to stop girls as young as eight being forced to have sex? How can they ever escape, or rebuild their lives if they do get out?

Here we meet Future Maker Roma Debabrata, who has devoted her life to standing up for these young women. We find out why there’s nothing she’d rather do, and how a poisonous stab in the back made her decide to change their lives:
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5 Questions for… Isabel Rimanoczy

"Legacy is not what remains when we die, but what we’re creating every day." - Isabel Rimanoczy

“Legacy is not what remains when we die, but what we’re creating every day.” – Isabel Rimanoczy

We put our five questions to new author Isabel Rimanoczy, whose book Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset is out now. Here Isabel talks to us about finding our identity, making a contribution and why what we are doing to the planet breaks her heart.

1. What inspired you to write “Big Bang Being” and what do you hope the book achieves or changes?
It’s interesting. This is the third book I have written, and every time the same thing happens. I think I’ll write about something I know, and I end up doing so much new research that the outcome is only slightly related to the idea!

So to answer your question, my motivation was to share the interesting findings of my doctoral research, where I studied business leaders championing sustainability initiatives. I wanted other business leaders around the world to find inspiration and benchmarks to see what is possible and be motivated to act in new ways.
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“How can people say renewables are competitive, when they obviously cost a lot more? Frankly, I don’t get it”.

Greenergized: Presenting climate change in a new and innovative way.

Exclusive extract from Greenergized, presenting climate change in a new and innovative way.

With his blue long-sleeved shirt and khaki pants, coupled with brown horn-rimmed glasses and pepper-grey hair, Professor Ruiz had stepped straight out of a ’70s TV sitcom. Some of the students in the auditorium lolled around at the back, engaged in nothing but their own chatter.

“Clean energy is something that will only be practical a few years from now. Yes? No! Some of those clean technologies have already reached grid parity,” said the Professor. Sensing he’d lost at least two of his audience, he added, “Grid parity, for those of you who don’t know, is when the cost of electricity from renewable or clean energy matches that of typical fossil fuel sources used by electric utilities.”
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