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Corporate Governance of Sustainability

A Co-Evolutionary View on Resource Management Edited by Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK
This book considers corporate governance of sustainability from a co-evolutionary perspective. It explores the linkages between pro-active approaches at the corporate level, market-based incentives and environmental networks involving various actors. Relevant theory on corporate governance, competition, market failures and regulatory tools is also examined. The authors go on to present an assessment methodology suitable for empirical network analysis at the meso-level, and demonstrate its application using eight case studies. Based on the findings of this research Raimund Bleischwitz and his team draw important conclusions for policy analysis and sustainability assessments and the actors involved.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 228 4
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This book considers the corporate governance of sustainability from a co-evolutionary perspective, exploring the linkages between pro-active approaches at the corporate level, market-based incentives and environmental networks.

The contributors contend that governance for sustainable development has not yet been fully formulated, and requires further analysis in the context of policies, the role of the state and the inclusion of corporate and private actors. They question whether the governance of sustainable development goes beyond traditional, state-centred policy-making by aiming for proactive changes of private actors’ behaviours at different levels. The discussion also encompasses relevant theory on corporate governance, competition, market failures and regulatory tools. An assessment methodology suitable for empirical network analysis at the meso-level is introduced, and its application is demonstrated using eight case studies.

Raimund Bleischwitz and his team of contributing authors draw important conclusions for policy analysis and sustainability assessments and the actors involved. The book will therefore prove an invaluable resource for academics, scholars and policymakers focussing on applied sustainability research, policy analysis and evaluation.
Contributors: B. Bahn-Walkowiak, R. Bleischwitz, O. Budzinski, J.A. Fernandez, O. Karius, M. Kuhndt, T. Langrock, S. Ramesohl, U.-M. Schubert, B. Tunçer, H. Wallbaum
Contents:

PART I: ANALYSING CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY: INSIGHTS FROM RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYSIS
1. Scope and Main Thesis
Raimund Bleischwitz

2. Sustainability as a Business Challenge: The Concept of Responsible Corporate Governance
Michael Kuhndt and Burcu Tunçer

3. Competition and Responsible Corporate Governance
Oliver Budzinski

4. A Co-evolutionary View on Market and Government Failures
Raimund Bleischwitz

5. Outline of Governance Structures: Co-evolution at the Meso-level
Raimund Bleischwitz

6. Integrated Systems Analysis
José Acosta Fernandez and Stephan Ramesohl

7. Conclusions to Part I
Raimund Bleischwitz

PART II: NETWORK ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
8. Overall Approach and Research Premises
Thomas Langrock and Raimund Bleischwitz

9. Networks, Decision-Making of Companies and Evalutation: Concepts and Terminology
Thomas Langrock and Raimund Bleischwitz

10. Application to Case-Studies: Approach and Appraisal of Results
Thomas Langrock, Raimund Bleischwitz and Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak

PART III: CASE-STUDIES ON SUSTAINABILITY AT THE MESO-LEVEL
11. ProKlima: Funding for Local Climate Protection
Stephan Ramesohl

12. Ecoprofit: Local Learning for Integrated Environmental Technologies
Holger Wallbaum

13. PIUS: Product Integrated Environmental Protection
Holger Wallbaum

14. Eco-industrial Parks: Burnside and Kalundborg
Ulf-Manuel Schubert

15. Energy+: A Public–Private Market Transformation for Household Appliances
Stephan Ramesohl

16. Responsible Care Initiative: Transboundary Chemical Network
Michael Kuhndt and Burcu Tunçer

17. BP plc: Tradable Permits at Corporate Level
Thomas Langrock

18. Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
Oliver Karius

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
19. Conclusions for Policy Analysis and the Emipirical Assessment of Corporate Environmental Networks, for Policymakers and Corporate Actors
Raimund Bleischwitz and Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak

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