Consumerism today represents an unprecedented crisis of values, in ethical, social and material terms. Never before have so many resources and so much energy been used to produce so many goods for so many people. And never before have hundreds of millions of people across the world been so ingeniously encouraged to buy, use and then throw away or upgrade – with increasing rapidity – what they have bought. This has resulted in a world of unsustainable material flows, and a world drowning in waste.
The fact that the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) now has almost fifteen hundred signatories including over three hundred asset owners and nearly one thousand asset managers provides evidence that responsible investment is increasingly seen as a standard part of mainstream investment practice. Over the past decade, PRI signatories have encouraged improvements in the environmental, social and governance performance of the companies in which they are invested, and they have made significant investments in areas such as renewable energy. Continue reading →
Greenleaf Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of The Responsible Investor Handbook: Mobilizing Workers’ Capital for a Sustainable World, by Thomas Croft and Annie Malhotra. This important title is the latest in Greenleaf’s Responsible Investment Series, edited by Dr. Rory Sullivan. Continue reading →
To celebrate Earth Day 2015 on April 22, we’re giving our customers the gift of a cacao tree with purchases of specially selected Greenleaf Publishing eBooks, in support of a Treedom reforestation project in Cameroon.
We sat down with Filippo Taccetti and Niccolo Giordano from Treedom to ask them some questions about their initiative on behalf of our readers.
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.
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.
“It is surprising it has taken so long for a journal to emerge that deals specifically with sustainable mobility . . . The Journal of Sustainable Mobility is long overdue.” Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, Cardiff University, UK; author of The Business of Sustainable Mobility Continue reading →
[New Delhi, India Feb 10, 2014] Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and 2007 Nobel Prize awardee (with the IPCC and Al Gore) receives a copy of the Greenergized (UK: Greenleaf, 2013) business fable on clean energy from Philippine Climate Commissioner Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez.Greenergized was written by Philippines-based technology author and technology consultant Dennis Posadas to explain climate and clean energy concepts in a business fable format for laypersons.
Photo courtesy of Bernie Felix, Philippine Climate Commission.
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Some years ago, it occurred to me that the emerging systems and institutions that exist around sustainability and corporate responsibility did not just magically appear. They required the initiative, drive and desire for change on the part of one or more individuals — or, as Margaret Mead famously said, a small group of committed individuals. So, I decided to studythe individuals who had started the institutions that now frame the discussion of corporate sustainability and responsibility. Continue reading →
We are delighted to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development, which is now available online and as part of the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL)
“Academically, tying business and peace is a relatively new idea. With only a handful of books, a few articles and a couple of special issues on business and peace… we now need an on-going platform for publications on the subject. The new journal Business, Peace and Sustainable Development will address this need. It was announced on the International Day of Peace with the hope it will not only help develop this academic field, but have genuine social impact on the global community. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →