Six Sustainability Must-Reads for Businesspeople

Here is a list of classic reads from sustainable business and design pioneers that might be helpful in developing your knowledge and appreciation for sustainable business practices:

Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist
by Ray C. Anderson, Robin White

Offering practical ideas and measurable outcomes that every business can use, Anderson shows that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive; we can improve our bottom lines and do right by the earth.

Natural Capitalism
by L. Hunter Lovins, Amory Lovins

This groundbreaking book reveals how today’s global businesses can be both environmentally responsible and highly profitable.

Stirring it Up
by Gary Hirshberg

Hirshberg demonstrates how companies can work to save the planet while achieving greater profits and satisfaction — and how we can all use the power of conscious consumption to encourage green corporate behavior.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
by Yvon Chouinard

This is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The Responsible Company
by Yvon Chouinard, Vincent Stanley

This is the first book to show companies how to thread their way through economic sea change and slow the drift toward ecological bankruptcy. Its advice is simple but powerful: reduce your environmental footprint (and its skyrocketing cost), make legitimate products that last, reclaim deep knowledge of your business and its supply chain to make the most of opportunities in the years to come, and earn the trust you’ll need by treating your workers, customers and communities with respect.

Cradle to Cradle
by Michael Braungart, William McDonough

Architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, that “Reduce, reuse, recycle” only perpetuates the one-way, “cradle to grave” manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, that creates such fantastic amounts of waste and pollution in the first place. They ask their readers to challenge the belief that human industry must damage the natural world.

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2 responses

  1. The book link and photo for The Responsible Company is incorrect, it links to Carol Sanford’s book The Responsible Business. Carol Sanford’s book, in my opinion, is an excellent book on stakeholder engagement and incorporating responsibility into business,

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