Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business In a Fast-Changing World

Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell, Rodale, $25.99 (282p) ISBN 978-1-60529-534-3
In their first book together, Cramer, the CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, and Karabell (Superfusion) define a sustainable business as one that not only delivers value, but also treats people fairly, improves the living standards of its employees and community, and uses natural resources wisely. The authors are well-positioned to speak on the timely topic and, though their voices strike a nice blend between conversation and education, their effort suffers from disorganization and a lack of analysis. After the first chapter's discussion of five core elements executives should adopt to position their companies for sustainable excellence, tips and insights are few and far between, and too much time is devoted to emphasizing the importance of sustainability, a position that most readers drawn to the book will already be at least somewhat convinced of. The authors' narrow focus—only highlighting businesses pursuing sustainable excellence–reduces the need for analysis, results in a sort of literary greenwashing, and reads more like an early history of sustainability efforts than a business primer; it might satisfy history, business, or conservation buffs, but the CEO looking to achieve this future greatness in her own organization won't find much help here. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/22/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 282 pages - 978-1-60961-180-4
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