Corporate Environmental Strategy: the Avalanche of Change Since Bhopal

Piasecki, Bruce W.

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Synopsis: One of the most devastating environmental disasters of all time, the 1984 Union Carbide plant explosion at Bhopal, India, forever changed the way corporations view environmental performance. Now, in this groundbreaking book, one of the business world's most highly regarded environmental consultants tells the complete inside story of how, in the wake of Bhopal, four multinational corporations have successfully transformed environmental performance from a major liability to a major asset. In the process, he extracts a set of general principles which can be integrated successfully with any corporation's strategic planning and redesign process.

Writing in an accessible journalistic style, Bruce Piasecki describes how the world business community was rocked by the Bhopal debacle, and explains why, while some companies were plowed under by the avalanche of change that ensued, others, including Union Carbide, ARCO, AT&T, and Warner-Lambert, went on to strengthen their competitive positions. In his vivid account of the steps taken by those companies to improve environmental performance, Piasecki clearly identifies four distinct approaches to the same problem. He shows precisely how and why each company's efforts were rewarded, not only with environmental breakthroughs but with improved financial performance as well. In a series of dramatic case histories, Piasecki reveals, for the first time, the full details of the initiatives taken at each company, including:
* Union Carbide and the development of strict auditing standards
* ARCO and the development of environment-friendly gasoline
* AT&T and the role of strategic alliances in the initiative to eliminate CFCs from electronics production
* Warner-Lambert and the drive to develop truly biodegradable plastics
At a time when the fate of many companies hinges on the environmental strategies they adopt, this book offers managers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the success stories of four companies that have transformed themselves into environmentally progressive firms. More importantly, it shows them how to apply the lessons they learn to their own organizations.

"Bruce Piasecki is a keen observer of the arena where corporate politics and environmental goals intersect. His new book Corporate Environmental Strategy contains invaluable insights into the coming change for the positive in ecological affairs." -- Gregg Easterbrook Newsweek

"This is a book for policy and opinion leaders, managers, and businesspeople. While others talk about 'green marketing,' Piasecki tackles the harder task of showing how environmental improvement can be used as a strategic asset by industry to gain competitive advantage." -- from the Foreword by Bill Perkins and Ellen Lepper Founding Partners The Potomac Communications Group

"Corporate Environmental Strategy will contribute to society's understanding that the environmental protection initiative in the United States has moved from polarization to partnership." -- Thomas S. Davis E&S Engineering Affairs AT&T

"Bruce Piasecki is that rare academician who has a practical understanding of the challenges faced by environmental managers." -- Charles L. Grizzle The Grizzle Company and former EPA Assistant Administrator

Here is the inside story of how four major multinational corporations proved that responsible environmental policy is not only right--it's profitable. Union Carbide, ARCO, AT&T, and Warner-Lambert successfully transformed environmental performance from a major liability to a major asset. The methods they developed can be applied in virtually any industrial setting to increase competitiveness and add luster to the corporate image.

From the Publisher: The inside story of how four multinational corporations have made environmental performance a key element of their business strategy. Describes how innovations in auditing standards, product reformulation and new product development have led to environmental breakthroughs while improving the financial outcomes of these companies.

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Title: Corporate Environmental Strategy: the ...
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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