Landmarks for Sustainability is a high-impact, quick-reference guide to many of the most critical events and initiatives that have shaped our world, and the sustainable development agenda, over the past 20 years and more. These include high-profile historic events – such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Rio Earth Summit, the anti-globalisation protests in Seattle and Genoa and the collapse of Enron – as well as more subtle but no less important developments, such as trends in fairtrade, ethical codes and sustainable investment. By shining a spotlight on these and other landmark events and initiatives, the book draws into sharp relief the most significant social and environmental challenges of our time – from climate change and the state of the planet to poverty and corruption. Equally importantly, however, more than half of the book is dedicated to constructive global responses, such as the boom in clean technology, the role of the World Economic and World Social Forums, and the growth of ISO 14001 and SA8000 standards. Each of the 20 chapters follows a similar easy-access full-colour design, with inspiring quotations, compelling photographs, a timeline of associated events, a narrative description of trends, and spotlight features of specific initiatives or events, including charts, factboxes and suggestions for further reading and websites. Also included is the world's most comprehensive sustainability timeline, listing and dating 190 key sustainability-related events and initiatives that occurred between 1919 and 2008. All these features combine to make the book an essential and highly accessible resource for managers, teachers, students, government officials, consultants and activists alike. For the first time, these crucial change agents will have a single-source reference book, which is not only packed with useful facts and figures, but is also fascinating to look at and full of inspirational material.
Table of Contents
Climate change With spotlights on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol 4. Health and safety With spotlights on OHSAS 18001, 'Big Pharma' and access to AIDS drugs II. Society and economy 5. Globalisation and its critics With spotlights on the protests in Seattle and Genoa, and Live 8 and Make Poverty History 6. Poverty and development With spotlights on the Millennium Development Goals and the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) model 7. Human rights With spotlights on Nike and the UN Norms on Business and Human Rights 8. Corruption and transparency With spotlights on Transparency International's indexes and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative B. Global responses III. Leadership 9. World summits With spotlights on the Rio Earth Summit and the Johannesburg World Summit 10. Business associations With spotlights on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact 11. Leadership initiatives With spotlights on the World Economic Forum and the World Social Forum 12. Social enterprise With spotlights on Grameen Bank and the Schwab and Skoll Foundations IV. Collaboration 13. Industry initiatives With spotlights on Responsible Care and the Forest Stewardship Council 14. Financial initiatives With spotlights on the UNEP Finance Initiative and the Equator Principles 15. Sustainable investment With spotlights on sustainability indexes and clean-tech investment 16. Sustainable consumerism With spotlights on eco-labelling and fairtrade V. Management 17. Codes and standards With spotlights on ISO 14001 and SA8000 18. Corporate governance With spotlights on Enron's collapse and the King Report on Corporate Governance 19. Sustainability reporting With spotlights on the Global Reporting Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure Project 20. Stakeholder engagement With spotlights on McDonald's (McLibel and Super Size Me) and AccountAbility (AA1000 and Responsible Competitiveness Index Conclusion Mike Peirce, Deputy Director, Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership Landmarks timeline