Summary of Making Sustainability Work

Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts

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Making Sustainability Work book summary
Clean sustainability practices can lead to greater profitability.


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Management professor Mark J. Epstein conducted extensive academic research into the best social and environmental – that is, sustainability – practices of 100 companies worldwide. Drawing on that knowledge, he developed a “Corporate Sustainability Model” to show business leaders how to implement the right organizational processes to create, measure and promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) and “corporate social opportunity.” The book is quite dense and academic, with much of its information packed into evocative but complex charts, so it seeks a professional audience. getAbstract recommends it to corporate decision makers as a well-informed, thorough manual.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why companies must prioritize sustainability in their strategic planning,
  • How to profit through sustainability initiatives, and
  • How using the “Corporate Sustainability Model” can benefit companies and society.


Improving Social and Financial Performance
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) enables companies to ensure that their social, environmental and economic activities support the “triple bottom line” of sustainable performance. Businesses must assess their CSR activities to make the most...
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About the Author

Rice University professor Marc J. Epstein is an expert in designing and implementing corporate strategies and developing their performance metrics.

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