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Understanding G4

 

Sustainability reporting is here to stay and expanding its influence. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Framework was launched in May 2013, with the publication of two manuals, adding up to 300 pages of technical guidance. Since then thousands of reporters have been hoping for a short and definitive guide to this new reporting paradigm. This is it! In this expert guide to G4, Elaine Cohen presents an easy-to-follow review of everything any company needs to know in order to decide whether to use the G4 Framework and if so, how. If you want to know what G4 means for corporate reporters, whether they are first-timers, SMEs, experienced global companies or existing GRI reporters at any level, this book is for you.  Note: GRI has reviewed Understanding G4 and has confirmed that it provides a broadly accurate representation of the technical guidance in the GRI framework. However, GRI makes no comment on opinions and matters of interpretation presented in the book, which represent the views of the author.

 

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Alan AtKisson: a must-read for anybody working in sustainability

Fran van Dijk, One Stone: clear-headed, insightful and practical

Sustainability Reporting for SMEs

 

Small businesses make a significant collective impact on the environment and society -- but only a tiny percentage of SMEs complete a sustainability report. This 90 minute read will enable any SME to get up to speed on sustainability reporting and plot a course of action for their business. 

 

Sustainability reporting can help companies make more money - even small and medium-sized businesses. By adopting a transparent approach to business practice and reporting, SMEs can gain significant business advantage, both in terms of more effective internal processes and in terms of reputation, customer loyalty and business-building. As larger companies increasingly seek a responsible approach from their SME suppliers, SMEs will come under growing pressure to report their impacts on people and planet. Those that get ahead of the curve by demonstrating their commitment to sustainability stand to gain considerable competitive advantage. 

 

This is a book to help SMEs develop 'the transparency habit' so that they both make more money and contribute more proactively to the sustainability of our society and economy. It is vital reading for SME owners and managers, entrepreneurs, business and sustainability students and teachers, and consultants. Sustainability managers in larger organisations will find this book helpful in assisting their organisations manage their supply chains which undoubtedly include several SMEs.

 

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Debbie Griffiths: I’ve gleaned many ideas that I want to put into practice

 
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CSR for HR

 

CSR for HR:  A necessary partnership for advancing responsible business practices (published Greenleaf, 2010) was the first book authored by Elaine and remains the first and only book to cover in detail the relationship (as it should be) between Human Resources Management (HRM) professionals and the Corporate Social Responsibility way of doing business. 

 

Arguably, the Human Resources (HR) function is the key partner in embedding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability initiatives in any organisation, as this can be achieved only when a company educates, engages and empowers its entire workforce. 

 

This book goes even further and proposes that the HR function has a responsibility to be proactive in leading the way in establishing a company-wide CSR-enabled culture. And, yet, this is not happening. HR managers are preoccupied with their traditional roles of organisational development, recruitment, training and compensation, and are failing to see the opportunities that CSR brings for them as professionals and for their organisations.

 

CSR for HR has been designed to change the game. It provides HR managers with a thorough understanding of the drivers and principles of CSR and a practical step-by-step guide to the way CSR interfaces with every HR function. Recruitment, compensation, training, employee communications, employee well-being, health & safety, employee rights, involvement in the community, and employee impacts on the environment are all discussed from the CSR–HR standpoint, with many clear examples showing how HR can leverage CSR strategies to deliver greater benefit for the business, for employees, for society, for the environment and, ultimately, for HR professionals themselves.

 

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Reviews

 

Carol Sanford: Cohen provides a roadmap for the new infrastructure that will be necessary to connect employees with stakeholders 

 

Frederick Page: CSR for HR is a very meaningful book by a knowledgeable author

 

Aman Singh: the book is a persuasive argument for connecting CSR with a company's human resources function.

 

Solitaire Townsend: this is a must-read for HR professionals

 

Ralph Thurm: the right book at the right moment

 

Lalia Helmer: a must read for anyone in HR function of any sized organization

 

 
 
The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management

 

Principles and Practice by Petra Molthan-Hill is a comprehensive business student’s guide textbook to sustainable management. Aimed at undergraduates, Masters students and MBAs, this is the first book to offer a full introduction to sustainable management from a business perspective. 

 

The book covers subjects such as: sustainable marketing; accounting and reporting; economics; sustainable operations management. In 400 pages of easy-to-read text, this book explains what sustainability means for management, provides fully developed seminars for teaching sessions and a collection of additional learning materials and further readings.

 

Elaine Cohen  authored the chapter entitled: Human Resources Management: Supporting Sustainable Business

 

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PRINCIPLES OF RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT:
Global Sustainability, Responsibility, and Ethics, 1st Edition

by Oliver Laasch  and  Roger N. Conaway. Published 2015.   

 

PRINCIPLES OF RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT offers an international, scientifically sound, and strictly practice-related perspective. It is the first official textbook of the United Nations for the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) academic network, and a reference book for companies of the United Nations Global Compact Initiative. It is a primary text for traditional business and society, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability courses, or may serve as a practitioner handbook. Contributors are renowned academic professionals in their respective chapter topics as well as distinguished business practitioners who contribute highly relevant practice cases. The focus of the book is on the main issues encountered in the three aspects of responsible management: sustainability, responsibility, and ethics. 

 

Elaine Cohen co-authored Chapter 11: Human Resources: HR-RB Symbiosis.

 

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