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Making Sustainability Work by Marc J. Epstein

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CHAPTER 10The benefits of sustainability for corporations and society

Global companies are increasingly faced with difficult dilemmas. There is significant pressure to reduce costs in the supply chain, yet switching to lower-cost suppliers may increase social and environmental impacts, and reactions from various stakeholders, including employees, customers, regulators, and community activists, may have a detrimental effect on financial performance. Senior management often faces complex decisions about facility location that in simpler times could be made by examining differentials in labor, shipping, and raw material costs. Now social, environmental, and political risk must become part of the calculus.

Business unit managers are regularly ...

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