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Resources and references on Business and Sustainability

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by Marc Le Menestrel (27/05/2014)

TED Talks


Hayward, R. et al. (2013) The UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability: Architects of a Better World.

WBCSD, 2010. Vision 2050 - The new agenda for business – Executive summary.


Anderson, R. (2009) Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, Mcclelland & Stewart.

Jakson, T. (2009) Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, Earthscan.

Sukhdev, P. (2012) Corporation 2020: Transforming Business for Tomorrow’s World, Island Press.


United Nations Global Compact

World business council for sustainable development

Shared Value


Eccles, R. G., and Serafeim, G. (2013) The Performance Frontier: Innovating for a Sustainable Strategy. Harvard Business Review 91, no. 5 (May 2013): 50–60.

Porter, M. & Kramer, M. (2011) Creating Shared Value. Harvard Business Review (Jan 2011): 1-17.

Broader non-exhaustive set of interesting references



• Beyond GDP:

• Corporation 2020:

• European Environment Agency:

• Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):

• McKinsey & company. Pathways to low carbon economy:

• Natural Capital Coalition:

• OECD Better Life Index

• Tellus Institute Corporate Redesign:

• United Nations Environment Programme:

Books / Articles

De Beco, P. 2012. La marge verte. HB editions. Available on-line:

Bernard-Royer, M., 2009. L’investissement socialement responsable : Vers une nouvelle éthique. SEFI/Arnaud Franel, 158 p.

Branson, Richard (8 December 2011). Screw Business As Usual. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59184-434-1.

Carroll, A.B. & Shabana, K.M. 2010. The Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Review of Concepts, Research and Practice. International Journal of Management Studies, 12(1): 85-105

EEA, 2010a. The European environment — state and outlook 2010: synthesis. European Environment Agency, Copenhagen. Available at:

EEA, 2011. The European environment — state and outlook 2010: assessment of global megatrends. European Environment Agency, Copenhagen. Available at:

Global Reporting: •

Haake, J. & Gueorguievsky, B. 2010. L’entreprise légère. Gagner plus en gâchant moins? Delachaux Et Niestle, Paris.

IEA 2013. Redrawing the Energy Climate Map. World Energy Outlook Special Report 2013. International Energy Agency, Paris. Available at:,38764,en.html

ISO 26000:

Joy, V. 2000. Why the future doesn’t need us. Wired 8.04. April 2000. Available at:

Kelly, M. (2012) Owning our future, BK Publishers.

Laszlo, C. & Zhexembayeva, N. 2011. Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage. Stanford: Greenleaf Publishing

Le Menestrel, M. (2002) Economic Rationality and Ethical Behaviour: ethical business between venality and sacrifice. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 11, No. 2.

Nidomolu, R., Prahalad, C.K. & Rangaswami M.R. (2009) Why Sustainability is now the Key Driver of Innovation. Harvard Business Review. (September 2009)

UK DECC 2010. Department of Energy and Climate Change. 2050 Pathways Analysis. Available at:, July 2010

Vellinga, P. 2013. Le changement climatique, mythes, réalités et incertitudes, Collection " UBlire ", 28, Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 176 p.

Visser, W. 2011. The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business. Chisester: John Wiley and Sons

Werther, W.B. Jr., & Chandler, D. 2011. Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: stakeholders in a global environment. Thousand Oaks, SAGE Publications.

Wijkman, A. & Rockström, J. 2012. Bankrupting Nature: Denying our Planetary Boundaries. Earthscan, Routledge, London.

de Woot, Ph. (2012) Repenser l’entreprise. Editions L’Académie en Poche.

TEEB (2010) – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Report for Business. Executive Summary and full report available at:

WBCSD, 2010. Vision 2050 - The new agenda for business - full report. Available at:

Potential sources for case-study

The Natural Step

The Sustainable Business Lab

• Beltramello, A., Haie-Fayle, L. and Pilat, D. (2013), “Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth”, OECD Green Growth Papers, 2013-01, OECD Publishing, Paris. doi: 10.1787/5k97gk40v3ln-en

• Business Roundtable (2013) Create, Grow, Sustain. How Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good.

MIT Sloan Management Review Business & Environment


• Global Compact

• INSEAD cases

• World Bank Sustainability cases

• Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership

• Business for human rights

• IBM Social Business

• Mc Kinsey Sustainability