Ethical Corporation’s regular review of new reading

Sidetracked: why our decisions get derailed, and how we can stick to the plan

By Francesca Gino

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

Published: March 2013

Hardback: 256 pages, £16.99

ISBN: 978-1422142691

Ever wondered why many corporate responsibility programmes start off as carefully aligned strategies and morph into something quite different? While this book doesn’t address CR directly, it does nail the reasons – and counter actions – for management meandering. A necessary and long-overdue book.

How Gamification Can Help Your Business Engage in Sustainability

By Paula Owen

eBook: 74 pages, £30.00

ISBN: 978-1909293403

Publisher: Dō Sustainability

Published: March 2013

“Gamification” is racing up the pecking order of management theories relevant to sustainable behaviour change and user engagement. Owen describes how leading-edge companies are integrating game theory into their sustainability strategies and explains the tools needed to get started.  

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy: beyond the weapons of the weak

By Naila Kabeer, Ratna Sudarshan and Kirsty Milward (eds)

Paperback: 312 pages, £19.99

ISBN: 978-1780324517 

Publisher: Zed Books

Published: March 2013 

With first-hand accounts from authors closely involved in emerging organisations, this book documents how women workers have come together to carve out new identities for themselves, define what matters to them, and develop collective strategies of resistance and struggle. A powerful and important contribution to labour rights literature.

Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: values, design, production and consumption 

By Miguel Angel Gardetti and Ana Laura Torres (eds)

Hardback: 432 pages, £40

ISBN 978-1906093785   

Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing

Published: March 2013  

From water use to informal labour to consumption patterns, the sustainability issues associated with the clothing business are legion. This incisive and well-researched book covers best practice in terms of business and value-chain management, material use and sustainable production processes, among other critical issues.

Sustainable Energy Options for Business

By Philip Wolfe

eBook: 77 pages, £30

ISBN: 9781909293434

Publisher: Dō Sustainability

Published: March 2013

This short, action-orientated book lays out the best available options for reducing energy use and improving the sustainability of energy supply. Topics include generating renewable electricity, producing renewable heat and identifying indirect energy sustainability options, among others.

Global Fundraising: how the world is changing the rules of philanthropy

By Penelope Cagney and Bernard Ross

Hardcover: 416 pages, £42.50

ISBN: 978-1118370704

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Published: March 2013

The role of non-profits is changing, as governments peel back their social welfare activities and charities step in to fill the gap. To meet new demands, global philanthropy must change too. This book contains insights from fundraising experts from around the world, highlighting the latest trends and tools in the fundraising profession.

Business Politics in the Middle East

By Steffen Hertog, Giacomo Luciani and Marc Valeri (eds)

Paperback: 288 pages, £25

ISBN: 978-1849042352

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers

Published: April 2013

The Middle East is rarely out of the news. Historically plagued by authoritarian regimes and civil instability, this book analyses how Arab corporations are stepping into previously state-run sectors, such as health, media and education. Critical reading for potential investors weighing up the region post-Arab Spring.

Adapting to Climate Change: 2.0 enterprise risk management

By Mark Trexler and Laura Kosloff

eBook: 79 pages, £30

ISBN: 9781909293465

Publisher: Dō Sustainability

Published: March 2013

If a company has reason to worry about the potential impacts of weather on its operations and supply chains, it probably has cause to worry about climate change. On that premise, the authors spell out how to effectively assess corporate exposure to climate hazards and develop flexible risk management strategies as a result. Sharp and to the point.

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