Book Review: Sustainable Business – Key Issues (Routledge, 2014)

Book review Sustainable Business - Key Issues 2015Sustainable Business: Key Issues by Helen Kopnina and John Blewitt is the first comprehensive introductory-level textbook to address the interface between environmental challenges and business solutions to provide an overview of the basic concepts of sustainability, sustainable business, and business ethics.

The book introduces readers to the background and key issues of sustainability and suggests ways in which these concepts can be applied in business practice.

Though the book takes a business perspective, it is interdisciplinary in its nature and draws on knowledge from socioeconomic, political, and environmental studies: it provides a practical and critical understanding of sustainability in the changing paradigm of global business.

Sustainable Business: Key Issues goes beyond the conventional theories of sustainability and addresses critical issues concerned with population, consumption and economic growth. It discusses realistic ways forward, in particular the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle frameworks.

The book is both a theoretical and practical study guide for undergraduate and postgraduate international students of broad areas of sustainability, teaching ways to recognize opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of environmental, economic, ethical, and social systems.

It takes a strategic approach in applying the power of business methods and policy to address issues of global importance such as climate change, poverty, ecosystem degradation and human rights.

This textbook is essential reading for students of business, management and sustainability courses. It is written in an engaging and accessible style, with each chapter including case studies, discussion questions, end of chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.

This book is a much needed accessible text that addresses the most challenging issues of our age in a business context. In taking an interdisciplinary approach and tackling such a range of subjects and contemporary issues, the book provides both students and business professionals with, not only an understanding of what sustainable business really means, but outlines practical application of strategies to inspire action.

Carole Parkes, Aston University, UK and Chair of UK & Ireland Chapter of the UN backed Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Helen Kopnina author of Sustainable Business - Key Issues (2015)Helen Kopnina

is based at The Hague University of Applied Science, the Netherlands, where she coordinates the Sustainable Business program and researches environmental education.

Kopnina is the author of eleven books, among which East to West Migration (2005), Environmental Anthropology: Future Directions (2013), Sustainable Business: Key Issues (2014), and Sustainability: Key issues (2015).

John Blewitt, author of Sustainable Business - Key Issues book (2014)John Blewitt

is Co-Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School, Aston University, UK. His books include Searching for Resilience in Sustainable Development (Earthscan-Routledge 2013), the four volume major work, Sustainable Development (Routledge 2013), and Understanding Sustainable Development (second edition: Earthscan-Routledge 2014).

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