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SVP Books, Articles, White Papers & Publications
Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, by Chris Laszlo and Nadya Zhexembayeva (2011), Greenleaf Publishing and Stanford University Press. In this “magnificent and highly readable tour de force of business strategy and innovation,” readers learn how companies can better leverage global challenges for enduring profit and sustained growth. This book introduces the marquis concept of embedded sustainability: the incorporation of environmental, health, and social value into core business activities with no trade-off in price or quality— in other words, with no social or green premium— enabling smart companies to create even more value for their customers and investors than they otherwise would. “Chris Laszlo and Nadya Zhexembayeva offer a practical guide to the power and necessity of weaving sustainability into the DNA of an organization” – Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation
Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good   by Chris Laszlo (224 pp., Stanford University Press, January 2008. (For Europe, Greenleaf Publishing, UK). In this outstanding book, Chris Laszlo defines, illustrates, and shows how business can action ‘Sustainable Value’ through a management fable, inside stories from some of the largest corporations in the world and with frameworks, tools, and methods that will make Sustainable Value creation concrete for business practitioners everywhere. “The sooner companies apply the principles set out in this book, the better placed they will be.” - Patrick Cescau, Group CEO, Unilever
The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value Through Social and Environmental Performanceby Chris Laszlo (232pp., Island Press, September 2003 Paperback July 2005) This book includes a series of case studies of companies seeking to create shareholder value and stakeholder value. It brings a financial and strategic perspective to sustainability issues facing business managers, and offers readers a practical took-kit for taking action. To learn more about this book see "Read this visionary book!" - Stephen Dillenburg, CFA, Managing Partner, Summit Investment Partners LLC
“Large-Scale Organizational Change: An Executive's Guide”  by Chris Laszlo and Jean-Francois Laugel (237 pp., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000) This book provides the principles by which large-scale organizations reinvent themselves not once, but on an ongoing basis. Continual reinvention allows leading companies to learn, adapt, and innovate faster than competitors in complex and fast changing environments. "Brilliant work..." - Dr. Stephen Covey, Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Articles & White Papers
“Expanding the Value Horizon: Stakeholders as Source of Competitive Advantage” by Chris Laszlo, Dave Sherman, John Whalen and Jib Ellison, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Winter 2005, Issue 20. Stakeholder value—based on the economic, environmental and social impacts a company has on its diverse constituents—is a rapidly growing source of business advantage. Taking advantage of this source, however, requires a change in the mind-set of leadership and a disciplined approach to integrating stakeholder value throughout the business. This paper offers a practical approach to building competitive advantage by identifying and acting on stakeholder-related business risks and opportunities. Download PDF or to buy the JCC Issue 20, click on


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