"This book is a welcome addition to the literature, since it reinforces the message that there are organisations operating in a way which challenges conventional mainstream notions that companies are only about ensuring profitable returns. ... These case studies provide an interesting overview of the organisations and the challenges they have faced, with each case closing with a consideration of the risks faced by the firms. ... What is more interesting about the cases are the unexpected points that outline how these companies are away from the norm and facing more unique issues. ... In summary, this book is a very fast read and could be read over the course of two cups of coffee. Its presentation of findings is interesting to know and is undoubtedly useful to know. Beyond this the book’s contents are also useful as a potential teaching aid for students. "
About the Author
Brewster Boyd began his career in management consulting with A.T. Kearney serving global corporate clients in the U.S. and Australia. He then worked with Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting in Seattle, a firm dedicated to helping public agencies improve management programs and achieve better environmental results. His work focuses on the development and financing of environmentally oriented technologies and businesses. He strives to contribute to organizations meeting basic human needs in a sustainable manner. He has an MBA and an MS through the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a BA from Middlebury College. Brewster lives with his family in Denver, Colorado. Nina Henning is motivated by a desire to improve economic conditions in emerging markets through the development of business ventures that respect the environment and indigenous cultures. She has experience in financing the commercialization and distribution of clean technologies, both within the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Nina spent five years in Kathmandu, Nepal, as the Managing Director of Wild Earth Pvt. Ltd., a mission-driven herbal bodycare company. Nina graduated from the University of Michigan's Erb Institute in 2009, earning an MBA from the Ross School of Business and an MS from the School of Natural Resources & Environment. She earned her BA in History from Princeton University. Emily Reyna has a background in information technology: specifically, the field of Human Computer Interaction Design. She has held positions at Ford Motor Company, Apple Computer, Agilent Technologies, and SAP. While at Ford she became interested in corporate sustainability and started the Ford GreenIT Team. This work led her to the University of Michigan where she earned her MBA and an MS from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. She is currently working for Environmental Defense Fund and its MBA Climate Corps Program which embeds trained MBA students into corporations to identify energy efficiency improvements that can cut costs and reduce emissions. She holds a BS from Stanford University and currently lives in Southern California. Daniel E. Wang enjoys helping organizations integrate environmental and social responsibility into their strategy and operational practice while ultimately driving change in consumer behavior at large. With eight years of engineering and management consulting experience, he has provided pro bono and fee-based services to public, private, and nonprofit sector clients across the world on a wide range of issues - from developing sustainability strategies for multinational corporations to writing business plans for national parks to facilitating funding opportunities for international development agencies. Dan holds an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He currently works in Toronto, Canada, for Deloitte & Touche LLP in their Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability practice. Matthew Welch has over ten years of experience in general management, sustainable development, and consulting with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. He holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business and an MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, and a BA in International Studies from DePaul University. Through his research and work experience he has gained a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of business and its effects on the social and environmental landscape. Matthew currently works for Dairy Management Inc. in Chicago focusing on strategy and stakeholder engagement for a wide-ranging sustainability initiative in the dairy industry.