Integrating Human and Ecological Factors: a Systematic Approach to Corporate Sustainability

Edward Elgar
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The International Handbook on Environmental Technology Managemant, 2007, 1, pp. 222 - 240
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In this chapter we propose an integrated perspective on organizational change, which is designed to progress the corporation to a position of both human and ecological sustainability. Human sustainability is defined here as the development and fulfilment of human needs whilst ecological sustainability is the protection and renewal of the biosphere. The chapter defines key steps along the way to this organization of the future and explains ways of achieving an incremental or, in some cases, a transformative transition to the fully sustainable and sustaining corporation. Case studies of both incremental and transformative change are also provided to illustrate how organizations have moved toward ecological sustainability through the development of their human sustainability.
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