For courses in Business Ethics, Business and Society, Applied Ethics, and Environmental Ethics.
This is the first text to bring the sustainability paradigm to the forefront of management and business ethics.
The concept of sustainability and sustainable development has taken hold throughout the world as a new guiding principle of economic development. Sustainability involves “meeting the real needs of the present without so harming the biosphere that future generations will be unable to meet their own needs.” As used by such institutions as the United Nations and the World Bank, sustainable development usually applies to entire economies and societies, and less so to industries and individual businesses. Yet already some corporations, especially in Europe, have adopted sustainable business practices. The future is clear: given present global environmental, population, and poverty trends, economic institutions will be judged by how well they meet environmental and ethical, as well as economic, goals. Joseph R. Desjardins wrote this book to make the case for this claim.
Table of contents
Chapter One: The Coming Age of Sustainable Business
Economics, Ecology, Ethics
Individuals, Government, and Business
Economic Growth: Problem or Solution?
The Sustainability Paradigm
Sustainability as Social Justice
Sustainability: Two Caveats
Chapter Two: The Biosphere: Facts and Values
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State of the Biosphere
Values and the Biosphere: Pragmatism and Diversity
Chapter Three: Economic Growth, Free Markets, and Business Responsibility
Economic Growth as the Economic Good
Free Market Environmentalism
Free Market Ethics
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Standard Model
Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Chapter Four: The failure of market-based policies
Critique of Growth-Base Market Model: Internal Challenges
Critique of Growth-Base Market Model: External Challenges
The Ethics of the Conventional Model
Summary and Conclusions
Chapter Five: Ecological Economics and Sustainable Business Ethics
Policy Implications of Ecological Economics: Accounting for Natural Capital
Policy Implications of Ecological Economics: Globalized Trade and Finance
Ecological Economics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Chapter Six: The “Business Case” for Sustainability and Sustainable Business Models
The Business Case for Sustainability
Models for Sustainable Business: Natural Capitalism and Industrial Ecology
Models for Sustainable Business: The Natural Step and Cradle-to-Cradle
Chapter Seven: Sustainable Production and Sustainable Products
Sustainable Production: Pollution and Waste
Life-Cycle Responsibility, Dematerialization, and Sustainable Energy Use
Business as Consumers: Supply-Chain Responsibility
Chapter Eight: Sustainable Consumption
Consumption: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Why do we Consume as we do?
Business’ Responsibility for Consumption
Philosophical Reflections on Consumerism
Chapter Nine: Creating Sustainable Professions and Sustainable
Sustainable Accounting, Auditing, Finance
Sustainable HR and Operations
Would you like to address sustainability?
- Diverse material. The movement toward sustainable business is emerging from a diversity of venues and academic disciplines, ranging from economics and philosophy to architecture and finance. This text brings these diverse materials together.
- Unifies the material into a coherent and straightforward format.
- Range of ethical issues. It is often said that sustainability rests on three pillars: economic, ecological, and ethical. This text highlights the ethical questions and challenges that accompany the move towards sustainability within business.
- Helps students understand how to overcome the obstacles that come with moving toward sustainability.
- Solution-oriented. This text examines the many ways that business is changing, and should change, to meet the demands of a sustainable future. It argues that to become sustainable, business institutions must find a way to be economically vibrant enough to meet the real needs of a global population of 6 billion people without jeopardizing the health of the biosphere on which all human life depends.
- Encourages students to think of solutions to ensure sustainability.
How do you help your students to understand such an interdisciplinary field?
- Clear and accessible style. Because this field is fundamentally interdisciplinary, it is important that conversations about sustainability be as free from academic and disciplinary jargon as possible.
- Helps students understand issues of sustainability without a background in the discipline being discussed.
Would you like a text that blends philosophical and ethical analysis with real-world practical cases and examples to show what sustainable business can and should become?
- Chapters 1-6 focus on the theoretical and philosophical aspects of sustainable business.
- Chapter One provides the preliminary case for a shift to sustainable business models.
- Chapter Two offers a glimpse of the present state of the earth’s ecology, highlighting those areas that pose the most significant challenges to environmental sustainability.
- Chapter Three describes the dominant economic paradigm of growth and free markets, the major alternative to sustainable business, and spells out the models of corporate social responsibility that follow from that paradigm.
- Chapter Four provides a detailed critique of this dominant paradigm and defends a more active role for business institutions in addressing these challenges.
- Chapter Five presents the alternative economic model of sustainable economics, and sketches an alternative understanding of corporate social responsibility.
- Chapter Six make the business case for the shift to sustainability and provides descriptions of several conceptual frameworks that can guide the evolution of sustainable businesses.
- Chapters 7-9 focus on the more practical and managerial side of corporate sustainability. These chapters provide an ethical framework for sustainable business. They indicate several practical developments already contributing to the emergence of sustainable business.
- Chapter Seven examines the question of sustainable production, investigating both the products themselves and the entire production process from the perspective of sustainability.
- Chapter Eight examines the issue of consumerism and considers business’ responsibilities for hindering or encouraging sustainable consumption.
- Chapter Nine offers some thoughts concerning new directions that can be expected in the evolution of sustainable business. Major business professions and the functional areas within business are already beginning to address sustainability issues within their own domain. Further, business’ role in creating sustainable communities adds a social dimension that is often overlooked in standard discussions of business ethics.
Are you interested in exploring other areas in ethics?
Business, Ethics, and Sustainability is part of the Basic Ethics in Action series. See below for a complete listing of the wide-ranging anthologies and brief texts that focus on a particular theme or topic within one of four areas of applied ethics. A discount is offered when two or more titles in the series are packaged together. Click on any of the titles below for more information:
By Michael Boylan
© 2000 | ISBN: 0136742920
Business Ethics titles
Business, Ethics, and Sustainability: Ethics for the Next Industrial Revolution
By Joseph DesJardins
© 2007 | ISBN: 013189174X
By Dale Jacquette
© 2007 | ISBN: 0131825399
By Patrick Murph, Gene R. Laczniak, Norman E. Bowie, and Thomas A. Klein
© 2005 | ISBN: 0131848143
By Edward Spence and Brett Van Heekeren
© 2005 | ISBN: 0130941212
By Michael Boylan
© 2001 | ISBN: 0137738390
Environmental Ethics titles
By J. Baird Callicott & Michael Nelson
© 2004 | ISBN: 0130431214
By Lisa H. Newton
© 2003 | ISBN: 0130617962
By Michael Boylan
© 2001 | ISBN: 0137763867
Medical Ethics titles
By Rosemarie Tong
© 2007 | ISBN: 0130613479
By Michael Boylan and Kevin Brown
© 2002 | ISBN: 0130910856
By Michael Boylan
© 2000 | ISBN: 0137738471
Social and Political Philosophy titles
Human Rights and Global Obligations
By R. Paul Churchill
© 2006 | ISBN: 0130408859
By Seumas Miller, Peter Roberts, and Edward Spence.
© 2005 | ISBN: 0130617954
Joseph DesJardins is a professor in the philosophy department at the College of Saint Benedict, Sain John's University in Minnesota.