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The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function Hardcover – April 19, 2011

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The Green to Gold Business Playbook shows how the solutions to mammoth, global problems can turn a good business into a great one - one ready to compete and win.
— Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE

There are many books out there exhorting companies to reduce their environmental impacts, but very few that give detailed practical guidance. From product design to facilities management, from information technology to logistics and transport, this book contains insightful suggestions as to how businesses can be more sustainable, reduce carbon emissions, and yet at the same time save money and drive top line growth.
— Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Environmental performance has become an essential part of company strategy. Esty and Simmons provide a clear road map for how companies can turn this agenda into a competitive advantage.
—Michael Porter Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

The Green to Gold Business Playbook is a terrific practical roadmap to help companies reduce their environmental impact while also improving economic performance.
— Andrea Jung, CEO, Avon

We need smart corporate engagement for major environmental efforts to be successful. Here's the guide to realizing both environmental and bottom-line gains through eco-strategy.
— Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy

Economic gravity always wins – The Green to Gold Business Playbook reveals how simple economics can drive greener businesses.
— Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

Business is what changes the world.  Esty and Simmons’ seasoned guidance is pure gold for 21st century entrepreneurs who know that sustainability comes out of a drive to innovate.
—Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm

Leading companies are now embedding sustainability into every aspect of their business -- not as a PR exercise but as a core strategy to be a successful enterprise in the 21st Century. The Green to Gold Business Playbook is an invaluable resource.
— Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

The private sector’s decisions to design, source, and distribute products will in no small part determine the future of the world’s wildlife. The most progressive companies are looking ahead and charting a course for sustainability. Dan Esty and P.J. Simmons' book provides them with invaluable tools to move in that direction.
— Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund

Part of Waste Management’s strategy has been to gain an Eco-Advantage. This book picks up where Green to Gold left off with a really practical playbook for companies seeking to execute their own eco-strategies.
—Dave Steiner, CEO Waste Management

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470590750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470590751
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Green Gold Business Playbook is an invaluable tool for anyone building a comprehensive corporate sustainability program. It provides practical advice for identifying and implementing programs for all departments across the organization enabling you to easily find the low hanging fruit as well as preparing you for the harder to implement but often times more impactful programs. I have had the guide for a few weeks now and find myself referencing it regularly for its concise summaries, real world examples and issue-specific bibliographies enabling me to go deeper around specific issues important to my clients. A big thumbs up!
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This is an incredibly thorough and impeccably researched book. It moves well beyond establishing the business case for sustainability; offering brass tacks solutions. If you are already sold on the idea that a sustainability strategy will add value to your business, this book is the next step.
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In a field awash in hype this is a straightforward, pragmatic, innovative and just plain useful book. This is beyond a book about 'Green'. It is simply about today's smart business strategy. It is an easy, fast and enjoyable read.
I bought 10 copies...
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Green to Gold Business Playbook is an important contribution to a rapidly evolving business concept. Author Daniel Esty is a Professor at Yale and a recognized Sustainability heavyweight. Businesses seeking to embrace Sustainability find that the scope of what Sustainability involves is very broad and still emerging. Further, Sustainability is strategic, meaning that it affects organizations at a fundamental level. Consequently, Sustainability initiatives are individually designed for each organization. One size definitely does not fit all.

There is a mountain of information available on Sustainability, on line and in print. Green to Gold Business Playbook has been extensively researched, such that it organizes the gist of that information in a manner that businesses can actually use to construct a Sustainability initiative.

Two caveats: First, Green to Gold Business Playbook is intended for businesses in general. Specific businesses will need additional research to locate information specific to their industry and situation. Second, Green to Gold Business Playbook is a book, so its contents are limited to information available to at the time the book went to press. Of course, the book may be revised in the future as new information becomes available. Additionally, the authors provide a website, which may be helpful in the future.

Bottom line: Green to Gold Business Playbook is a slam dunk for those involved with developing a Sustainability initiative. Casual readers will find Esty's earlier books more useful.
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I highly recommend this incredible read! This book uniquely positions thought provoking real-world company best practices along with pragmatic innovative sustainability strategies from which any size company could benefit. It sets a new standard!
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This is a one stop shop resource for all things green, renewable, sustainable, and environmental. This a is a great guide that walks you through how to make your business a place of continued imnprovement.
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This book has provided me with clear, practical and enthusing answers to questions I'd long had. It's a wonderfully written companion on the path to a greener business. I highly recommend it!
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