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Ethical Choices In Business
by R C Sekhar
This book provides a comprehensive and innovative exposition of the concepts and practice of business ethics. Using a pragmatic and humanistic approach that accommodates apparently conflicting ideas, it amalgamates ancient Indian wisdom and tribal lore with contemporary analytical thinking and research. Describing the flexible approach adopted by him as "speaking ethics," Prof. Sekhar avoids truisms that lull the senses with comforting ideas which merely reinforce what is already known.

Steering Business Toward Sustainability
by Fritjof Capra, Gunter Pauli

This book seeks to steer the business community towards "greener" industrial practices that are also profitable. The editors point out that business activities are responsible, directly or indirectly, for most human impacts on the earth's ecosystems. Yet, business is generally conducted with little regard for its sustainability.

 

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Natural Capitalism : Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
by Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins
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Amazon.com: " In Natural Capitalism, three top strategists show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs. Paul Hawken and Amory and Hunter Lovins write that in the next century, cars will get 200 miles per gallon without compromising safety and power, manufacturers will relentlessly recycle their products, and the world's standard of living will jump without further damaging natural resources. "Is this the vision of a utopia? In fact, the changes described here could come about in the decades to come as the result of economic and technological trends already in place," the authors write. They call their approach natural capitalism because it's based on the principle that business can be good for the environment. For instance, Interface of Atlanta doubled revenues and employment and tripled profits by creating an environmentally friendly system of recycling floor coverings for businesses. The authors also describe how the next generation of cars is closer than we might think. Manufacturers are already perfecting vehicles that are ultralight, aerodynamic, and fueled by hybrid gas-electric systems. If natural capitalism continues to blossom, so much money and resources will be saved that societies will be able to focus on issues such as housing, contend Hawken, author of a book and PBS series called Growing a Business, and the Lovinses, who cofounded and directed the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank. The book is a fascinating and provocative read for public-policy makers, as well as environmentalists and capitalists alike." --Dan Ring

 

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The Natural Wealth of Nations - Harnessing the market for the environment
by David Malin Roodman
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Roodman takes an incisive look at how governments can speed environmental cleanup by ending wasteful subsidies and shifting taxes from workers and investors to polluters.

 

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The Green Office Manual: A Guide to Responsible Practice
Wastebusters Ltd (Editor)
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Synopsis: This revised second edition highlights the opportunities for achieving cost savings and environmental improvements to enhance competitiveness in organizations of all sizes, with specific guidance for small businesses. The manual sets out effective and simple mechanisms to encourage participation and commitment from both staff and suppliers. It builds on the advice of the first edition, with a wide range of new case studies from different sectors, including retailers, hotels and hospitality, schools and educational institutions, airports and prisons, and plenty of office-based examples. A new chapter on environmental reporting considers international developments in environmental management, reporting and sustainable business, including the Global Reporting Initiative and the European Environmental Reporting Awards, with a link to DETR guidance. An extended chapter on energy and utilities provides an update on environmental legislation, government position and industry trends. An office waste chapter looks at examples of successful waste exchanges that save disposal costs to donors and purchase costs to recipients.

 

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