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"[T]he sooner companies apply the principles set out in this book the better placed they will be."—Patrick J. Cescau, Group Chief Executive Officer, Unilever


"Read Sustainable Value, dispel the myth that environmental responsibility is expensive, and form a new vision of industry as part of the solution rather than a part of the problem; and more profitable at that, not less."—Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman, Interface, Inc.


"Sustainable Value is a bold and inspiring read for managers who want the 'story' of sustainability as well as compelling case studies accompanied by a structured guide to managing in the new business context."—Luk Van Wassenhove, The Henry Ford Chaired Professor of Manufacturing, INSEAD


"Chris Laszlo's message is huge and simple: we are on the eve of one of the greatest revolutions in management history. . ."—David Cooperrider, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University


"Chris Laszlo has done it again!"—Nancy J. Adler, McGill University

About the Author

Chris Laszlo is the author of The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance (2003, 2005). He is a Co-Founder and Partner of Sustainable Value Partners, which has trained thousands of Fortune 500 executives in "Sustainability for business advantage." He is currently Visiting Professor at the Case Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio, and Visiting Professor at Cedep, the Executive Education program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books; 1st edition (January 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804759634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804759632
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce W. Bendix on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book provides new, valuable content in several areas not found in other books on sustainability. First, it provides a management fable which brings sustainable value to life beyond the theory. Second, it provides some excellent case studies including superb insight into the Wal-Mart story. Finally, it provides tools in the last third of the book to help managers create sustainable value in their own companies. Since it is essentially three books in one, its title speaks also to the value to the reader.
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This is an important book. One often hears about the need for companies to `balance' social, environmental and financial concerns, but Chris Laszlo takes these concepts to the next level. He demonstrates convincingly that these three areas are all integral part of doing business. Ignoring a company's environmental or social impact not only puts financial interests at risk; doing so also means missing key opportunities for innovation, profits and sustainability. As Unilever CEO Cescau says in the foreward, "it's not just matter of doing well - it's about doing better by doing good." Laszlo proves his points in several ways - with a fable based on actual observation, several case studies of top companies, and finally, with an 8 step approach to making it happen in your small or large company. What if you're convinced of these things already ? Think seriously about giving this book to somebody who isn't - especially if you work for a large company as I do.
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Sustainable Value is a refreshing addition to the increasing literature on "green" which often focuses on the ethical and emotional reasons for sustainability but does not make any suggestions for how businesses can actually implement sustainability. The book provides a practical framework as well as examples for business leaders so that they can integrate sustainability into the strategy and daily practices of their business. The key word is "integrate"... Most employees on a personal level probably agree that we need to take care of our our planet but when it comes to their work, they see sustainability as an addition to the their work, which is increasingly becoming demanding and full of stress. Unless sustainability can help them achieve their business goals, most people will not get around to implementing sustainability. Laszlo's book explains in compelling and easy to understand language how sustainability can truly be what helps a business become a leading star.
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Chris Laszlo has written an excellent, timely and useful book, especially for business leaders. Sustainability is rapidly becoming a mainstream business issue, primarily because environmental and social issues are having growing financial impacts on firms. To an increasing degree, business success in essentially all sectors will require sustainability leadership. Sustainable Value provides the specific business case language, tools and case studies needed to implement a leading edge sustainability strategy. Business is the most powerful force in the world. It can play a major role in addressing complex environmental and social challenges. By adopting the approaches laid out in Sustainable Value, companies will benefit society while improving financial and competitive performance.
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