Sustainable Business

  • Deborah Rigling Gallagher


This chapter acknowledges that businesses are increasingly considering environmental stewardship and social responsibility goals equal to profit-making goals. These businesses take an expanded view of stakeholders and are transparent about operations. They set environmental goals such as stewardship of biodiversity and water resources and minimizing carbon footprint, and social goals such as inclusion and diversity. They focus on the environmental impacts of their supply chain and partner with other firms, governmental organizations, and non-profits to address critical environmental and social issues. To highlight sustainable business practices, a case study of Counter Culture Coffee, a small, privately held coffee distributor, is offered. Lessons learned from Counter Culture include the value of experimentation and the need to both measure and communicate successes and failures.


Environmental stewardship Corporate social responsibility Sustainable business strategy Stakeholders Partnerships Supply chain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Rigling Gallagher
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  1. 1.Nicholas School of the EnvironmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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