I have edited a book in sustainable business, entitled “Sustainable Business: Theory and Practice of Business Under Sustainability Principles”, which has recently been published by Edward Elgar, the well-credentialled UK publishers in business, law and associated disciplines. There are 16 chapters in all, contributed by researchers at the University of South Australia. In addition to editing the book I contributed the Introduction and a chapter.
The book is a contribution to the theme now emerging in the international academic environment to articulate the principles and practice of business as it comes to terms with the accelerating requirements of the sustainability age.
The contributions are in five parts:
Introduction: This places the idea of sustainable business in the historical context, tracing its roots over the past half century, and summarising the contributions of the book from that perspective.
Part 1: The Sustainable Firm. Three chapters on the idea of the sustainable firm–developing an integrated framework for corporate social and environmental responsibility; the practice of developing social capital in sustainable organisations; and an ethical approach to the sustainable firm as primarily an ethical idea.
Part 2: Sustainable Business Management: Six chapters on different aspects of management theory and practice viewed from the sustainability perspective–sustainability accounting and reporting; carbon accounting and auditing; sustainable marketing; sustainable HRM; virtue-based leadership; and sustainable risk assessment.
Part 3: Sustainable Business in Practice: Four chapters on sustainability in different industry sectors–two studies of family business, one general, one a case-study; a close look at small rural retail and services businesses in their approach to sustainability; and a framework for corporate sustainability in the construction industry.
Part 4: International Environment of Sustainable Business: Two chapters on key international topics: the changing face of international law with respect to climate change and associated matters; and an analysis of the Stern (UK) and Garnaut (Australia) reports on the economics of climate change.