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Big Business, Big Responsibilities

From Villains to Visionaries: How Companies are Tackling the World's Greatest Challenges

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 1-14
  3. A challenging world with some unexpected heroes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. The scale of the challenge for change

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 17-28
    3. Changing course: how big business began to lead

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 29-43
    4. The new collaboration zone

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 44-59
    5. Beware the power of the naysayers

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 60-72
  4. Smarter products and better protected consumers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. Looking beyond the label

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 75-86
    3. New responsibilities in the networked age

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 87-102
    4. Innovation, regulation and complexity

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 103-115
  5. Who is driving change?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. The government of big business

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 119-133
    3. Everyday champions

      • Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope
      Pages 134-148
  6. Conclusion: The view from here — a vision for successful companies in a sustainable world

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 172-184

About this book

Big business is often seen as the villain in terms of the environment or social wellbeing. But some leading businesses are becoming leaders in the fight against climate change and protectors of human rights. This book explains why this is now a core part of strategy and not just philanthropy for these businesses.

Keywords

  • business
  • complexity
  • innovation
  • strategy
  • sustainability

Reviews

Major global businesses not only create millions of jobs and great products for consumers, but are also beginning to play a leading role in tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time, from resolving water scarcity to lifting people out of poverty. This book explains in dynamic fashion why taking this approach is fast becoming 'business as usual' for some of the world's largest companies, and provides an inside track on why those who take this approach are more likely to win in the marketplace Graham Mackay, Chief Executive, SABMiller plc

This is a book that many of us have been waiting for! Written by three 'insiders,' it describes how social pressures are influencing corporate behaviour. It will change, for the better, both the tone and substance of debates over corporate social responsibility. Ethan B. Kapstein, INSEAD Chair in Political Economy, INSEAD Business School, France

A new generation of leaders give the inside story on how to become a sustainability-responsible leader. Indispensable. Sara Parkin, Founder Director, Forum for the Future

This unusual book highlights and humanizes the challenges facing those who wish to effect social progress from within a system rather than outside of it. It provides a useful and timely map through the distrust and conflict that can too easily arise where capitalism and activism meet. Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Author, The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It

Dunstan Hope, Andy Wales and Matthew Gorman have written a book that captures beautifully the realistic idealism that is at the heart of the modern sustainability movement. Their book is a great guide to the ways that companies are making a difference in the world while also enhancing their competitiveness. Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility

The role of business in helping establish a more sustainable economy is much discussed these days especially by NGOs and academics. We don't often hear from the practitioners: those charged with front-line responsibility for mainstreaming sustainability across their respective companies. Calling on their 30 years of combined experience, the authors of 'Big Business Big Responsibilities' eloquently fill that gap, with a wealth of insights and good practice examples from companies in many different sectors. Jonathon Porritt, author of 'Capitalism as if the World Matters'

About the authors


Andy Wales is Global Head of Sustainable Development for SABMiller, one of the world's largest brewers. He is a board member of a number of key global water initiatives, and also leads a strategy encouraging local enterprise development across Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009 and in 2010 was appointed a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. He has previously been Sustainability Director for Severn Trent plc and for Interface, Inc.

Matthew Gorman is Director of Corporate Responsibility& Environment at BAA Ltd, the UK's leading airport operator and an expert on climate change policy. He is deputy chair of the UK aviation industry's sustainability strategy ('Sustainable Aviation'). Prior to BAA, Matthew worked at Forum for the Future, a leading UK not-for-profit organization. He has worked extensively advising
FTSE 100 companies on corporate responsibility.

Dunstan Hope is Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology practice at BSR, a global non-profit business membership organization that advises Fortune 500 companies. Prior to BSR Dunstan spent five years in the sustainability team at British Telecommunications. Dunstan has worked extensively on human rights, corporate accountability and technology issues in Europe, the USA and Asia. He has played a leading role in the establishment of multiple human rights initiatives in the technology industry.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Big Business, Big Responsibilities

  • Book Subtitle: From Villains to Visionaries: How Companies are Tackling the World's Greatest Challenges

  • Authors: Andy Wales, Matthew Gorman, Dunstan Hope

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230281486

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave Business & Management Collection, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-230-24395-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-230-28148-6

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 184

  • Topics: Business Strategy and Leadership, Management, Business Ethics

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eBook USD 54.99
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  • ISBN: 978-0-230-28148-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)