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Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Sustainable Environmental Stewardship

Edited by Subhash C. Jain, University of Connecticut and Ben L. Kedia, University of Memphis, US
It is apparent that environmental issues affect the livelihoods and well being of individuals, communities and businesses the world over. In that vein, this book examines the impact that climate change and other environmental factors have on business. The effect of climate change, while a significant factor, will influence business slowly, but inexorably. Executives should manage environmental risk at three levels: regulatory compliance, potential liability from industrial accidents, and pollutant release mitigation.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84844 874 2
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
It is apparent that environmental issues affect the livelihoods and well being of individuals, communities and businesses the world over. In that vein, this book examines the impact that climate change and other environmental factors have on business. The effect of climate change, while a significant factor, will influence business slowly, but inexorably. Executives should manage environmental risk at three levels: regulatory compliance, potential liability from industrial accidents, and pollutant release mitigation.

Companies that are proactive in mitigating their exposure to climate-change risks will not only generate new profitable opportunities, but also gain competitive advantage over their rivals in a carbon-constrained future. Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Sustainable Environmental Stewardship provides frameworks for identifying how climate change might affect a business, and suggests strategy guidelines to manage the risks and seek opportunities.

This seminal collection of research will be of particular interest to students and scholars of sustainability studies, business and management, and business professionals concerned with the role they will play in the changing and challenging times that lie ahead for business growth and environmental consciousness.
Contributors: J. Alexander, D. Brown, H.S. Brown, J. Clampit, G. Dowell, N. Gaffney, I. Henriques, S.C. Jain, B.L. Kedia, D.L. Levy, B. Lewis, R.S. Marshall, R. Paquin, M. Plumlee, S. Shivarajan, P. Shrivastava
Contents:

Preface

PART I: PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABILITY
1. Climate Change and Global Business: Challenges, Opportunities and Research Guidelines
Subhash C. Jain

PART II: UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABILITY CONCERNS
2. Sustainable Enterprises: Addressing Management Challenges in the
Twenty-first Century
Paul Shrivastava and Raymond Paquin

3. Globalization, Environmental Sustainability, and System Equilibrium
John Alexander

4. Institutions, MNEs, and Sustainable Development
Ben L. Kedia, Jack Clampit and Nolan Gaffney

5. The Effect of Technology Type on the Adoption and Effectiveness of Global Environmental Standards
Glen Dowell and Ben Lewis

PART III: STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO SUSTAINABILITY
6. The Global Reporting Initiative: Collaboration and Conflict in the
Development of Non-Financial Reporting
David L. Levy and Halina Szejnwald Brown

7. Driving to Distraction or Disclosure? Shareholder Activism, Institutional Investors and Firms’ Environmental Transparency
R. Scott Marshall, Darrell Brown and Marlene Plumlee

8. Dynamic Networks and Successful Social Action: A Theoretical Framework to Examine the Coca-Cola Controversy in Kerala, India
Sridevi Shivarajan

9. How Can Sustainable Environmental Stewardship Enhance Global Competitiveness?
Irene Henriques

Index