Walking the Talk

Charles Holliday, Jr. (Author) | Stephan Schmidheiny (Author) | Philip Watts (Author)

Publication date: 08/09/2002

Walking the Talk
  • The most important book on corporate responsibility yet published
  • Written by top corporate leaders Chad Holliday, Chairman and CEO, DuPont; Stephan Schmidheiny, Chairman, Anova Holding AG; and Philip Watts Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies
  • A publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development which includes members from 160 of the largest and most influential companies from around the world including: AOL Time Warner, AT&T, Bayer, BP, Coca Cola, and Dow Chemicals (see attached list at the end of the EFS for full listing)
  • Uses nearly 70 case histories of companies from around the world to show that good corporate social and environmental performance is an investment which will improve the bottom-line
  • Argues that a further liberalization of the global market is the best way to alleviate third world poverty and encourage corporate responsibility
  • Explores, in depth, the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress
  • The authors are key insiders who show how to mobilize markets in favor of sustainable development
  • Copublished with Greenleaf Publishing

Stephan Schmidheiny, author of the hugely influential Changing Course, has joined with fellow prime movers in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development-Chad Holliday of DuPont and Philip Watts of Royal Dutch/Shell-to spell out the business case for addressing sustainable development as a key business strategy.

The authors insist that a global partnership-between governments, business and civil society-is essential, if accelerating moves towards globalization are to maximize opportunities for all, especially the world's poor. They argue that far more eco-efficient and socially equitable modes of development must be pursued in order to allow poorer nations to raise their standards of living.

To achieve these aims, the book explains that markets must be mobilized in favor of sustainability, leveraging the power of innovation and global markets for the benefits of everyone. Business cannot succeed in failing societies.

Whether small, medium or large, all businesses must innovate and change to meet the social and environmental challenges of the coming years. Walking the Talk provides proven strategies for doing just that, and real-world examples of business leaders who are becoming a leading force for change-improving both their own bottom lines and quality of life for future generations around the world.

  • The most important book on corporate responsibility yet published
  • Written by top corporate leaders Chad Holliday, Chairman and CEO, DuPont; Stephan Schmidheiny, Chairman, Anova Holding AG; and Philip Watts Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies
  • A publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development which includes members from 160 of the largest and most influential companies from around the world including: AOL Time Warner, AT&T, Bayer, BP, Coca Cola, and Dow Chemicals (see attached list at the end of the EFS for full listing)
  • Uses nearly 70 case histories of companies from around the world to show that good corporate social and environmental performance is an investment which will improve the bottom-line
  • Argues that a further liberalization of the global market is the best way to alleviate third world poverty and encourage corporate responsibility
  • Explores, in depth, the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress
  • The authors are key insiders who show how to mobilize markets in favor of sustainable development
  • Copublished with Greenleaf Publishing

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Overview

  • The most important book on corporate responsibility yet published
  • Written by top corporate leaders Chad Holliday, Chairman and CEO, DuPont; Stephan Schmidheiny, Chairman, Anova Holding AG; and Philip Watts Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies
  • A publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development which includes members from 160 of the largest and most influential companies from around the world including: AOL Time Warner, AT&T, Bayer, BP, Coca Cola, and Dow Chemicals (see attached list at the end of the EFS for full listing)
  • Uses nearly 70 case histories of companies from around the world to show that good corporate social and environmental performance is an investment which will improve the bottom-line
  • Argues that a further liberalization of the global market is the best way to alleviate third world poverty and encourage corporate responsibility
  • Explores, in depth, the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress
  • The authors are key insiders who show how to mobilize markets in favor of sustainable development
  • Copublished with Greenleaf Publishing

Stephan Schmidheiny, author of the hugely influential Changing Course, has joined with fellow prime movers in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development-Chad Holliday of DuPont and Philip Watts of Royal Dutch/Shell-to spell out the business case for addressing sustainable development as a key business strategy.

The authors insist that a global partnership-between governments, business and civil society-is essential, if accelerating moves towards globalization are to maximize opportunities for all, especially the world's poor. They argue that far more eco-efficient and socially equitable modes of development must be pursued in order to allow poorer nations to raise their standards of living.

To achieve these aims, the book explains that markets must be mobilized in favor of sustainability, leveraging the power of innovation and global markets for the benefits of everyone. Business cannot succeed in failing societies.

Whether small, medium or large, all businesses must innovate and change to meet the social and environmental challenges of the coming years. Walking the Talk provides proven strategies for doing just that, and real-world examples of business leaders who are becoming a leading force for change-improving both their own bottom lines and quality of life for future generations around the world.

  • The most important book on corporate responsibility yet published
  • Written by top corporate leaders Chad Holliday, Chairman and CEO, DuPont; Stephan Schmidheiny, Chairman, Anova Holding AG; and Philip Watts Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors, Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies
  • A publication of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development which includes members from 160 of the largest and most influential companies from around the world including: AOL Time Warner, AT&T, Bayer, BP, Coca Cola, and Dow Chemicals (see attached list at the end of the EFS for full listing)
  • Uses nearly 70 case histories of companies from around the world to show that good corporate social and environmental performance is an investment which will improve the bottom-line
  • Argues that a further liberalization of the global market is the best way to alleviate third world poverty and encourage corporate responsibility
  • Explores, in depth, the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress
  • The authors are key insiders who show how to mobilize markets in favor of sustainable development
  • Copublished with Greenleaf Publishing

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Table of Contents


Part 1: The Foundation: the business case for sustainable development
Case Studies: Norsk Hydro, MeadWestvaco, SC Johnson, Shell, Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
Part 2: The 10 Building Blocks

  1. The Market
  2. The Right Framework
    Case Studies: Business Council for Sustainable Development-Gulf of Mexico: Mississippi Forests, Dow: SafeChem
  3. Eco-efficiency
    Case Studies: The Warehouse Group, general Motors de Mexico, CH2MHILL and Nike, Grupo Minetti, Norsk Hydro, BASF, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Cemento de El Salvador, Fundacion Entorno
  4. Corporate social responsibility
    Case Studies: Holcim, Severn Trent, Terranova San Isidro, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, Western Power, Adidas-Salomon, Volkswagen, Eskom, BC Hydro, Statoil
  5. Learning to change
    Case Studies: Pasquale Pistorio, Interface, Rio Tinto, Swiss Re, Companhia Siderurgica de Tubarao, Sony, Suncor, The Global Reporting Initiative
  6. From dialogue to partnerships
    Case Studies: Mobility, Suez and CH2MHILL, Rio Tinto, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Aventis, The Global Compact, Severn Trent, Nestle
  7. Informing and providing consumer choice
    Case Studies: Ontario Power generation, BC Hydro, and Eskom, BP, Detergent makers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Thai Business Council for Sustainable Development, Forestry certification
  8. Innovation
    Case Studies: Gerling, Cargill Dow, DuPont, Conoco, DaimlerChrystler, Toyota, Swiss Re, DaimlerChrysler, Shell, and Norsk Hydro
  9. Reflecting the worth of the Earth
    Case Studies: Shell, Ontario Power Generation, International Emissions Trading Association, Climate Neutral Network
  10. Making markets work for all

Case Studies: Aracruz, grupoNueva and South African Breweries, BP Solar, Sustainable Community-Oriented Development Program, DuPont Colombia, Eskom's electrification of South Africa, Deutsche Bank, Banco do Nordeste, Bayer

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Endorsements

"Walking the Talk shows us that the most successful companies will be those that achieve sustainable development through learning from the marvelous mechanism of nature and power of life-Nature's Wisdom-and innovate accordingly."

-Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, Honorary Charman, Member of the Board, Toyata Motor Company

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