CSR Books

Top 50 Sustainability BooksThe Top 50 Sustainability Books
—Wayne Visser



This unique title draws together in one volume some of the best thinking to date on the pressing social and environmental challenges we face as a society. These are the Top 50 Sustainability Books as voted for by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership's alumni network of over 3,000 senior leaders from around the world.

The Responsibility RevolutionThe Responsibility Revolution
—Jeffrey Hollender & Bill Breen


"Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen give us the inside scoop on how truly responsible companies out-think and out-perform their conventional-minded competitors. Part manual and part manifesto, The Responsibility Revolution delivers a truckload of examples for growing a company that benefits society as well as shareholders." —Ben Cohen,
co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s


Necessary RevolutionThe Necessary Revolution —Peter Senge, B. Smith,
N. Kruschwitz, J. Laur, S. Schley

A revolution is underway in today’s organizations. As Senge and his co-authors reveal, companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today’s most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary - not just incremental - changes in the way we live and work.


silent springSilent Spring
—Rachel Carson



Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson's book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work.



A to Z of CSRThe A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility —W. Visser, D. Matten, M. Pohl & N. Tolhurst

In addition to definitions of the most important terms across the wide range of CSR associated topics, this book also covers all the most important codes and guidelines, such as the Equator Principles, the UN Global Compact and ISO standards, as well as providing background on organizations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Transparency International and profiles of CSR in particular industries and regions.


strategy for sustainabilityStrategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto
—Adam Werbach


More than ever before, consumers, employees and investors share a common purpose and a passion for companies that do well by doing good. So any strategy without sustainability at its core is just plain irresponsible - bad for business, bad for shareholders, bad for the environment. These challenges represent unprecedented opportunities for big brands that are implementing integral, rather than tangential, strategies for sustainability.


prosperity withou growthProsperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet
—Tim Jackson


Prosperity Without Growth challenges the embedded, unquestioned assumptions of the global policy of growth and shows that it is necessary—and possible—to have increased and widespread prosperity without economic growth.


The World Guide to CSRThe World Guide to CSR: A Country-by-Country Analysis of CSR —Wayne Visser & Nick Tolhurst

The purpose of the book is to give CSR professionals (including managers, consultants, academics and NGOs focusing on the social, environmental and ethical responsibilities of business) a quick reference guide to CSR in different regional and national contexts.


gaiaGaia: A New Look at Life on Earth —James Lovelock


In this classic work that continues to inspire its many readers, James Lovelock deftly explains his idea that life on earth functions as a single organism. Written for the non-scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet.


ecologicalEcological Intelligence —Daniel Goleman



This book reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet and ourselves. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Goleman explains why we as shoppers are in the dark over the hidden impacts of the goods and services we make and consume, victims of a blackout of information about the detrimental effects of producing, shipping, packaging, distributing, and discarding the goods we buy.

the end of povertyThe End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time —Jeffrey Sachs

This landmark exploration of prosperity and poverty distills the life work of an economist Time calls one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Sachs’s aim is nothing less than to deliver a big picture of how societies emerge from poverty. To do so he takes readers in his footsteps, explaining his work while offering an integrated set of solutions for the interwoven economic, political, environmental, and social problems that challenge the poorest countries. Marrying passionate storytelling with rigorous analysis and a vision as pragmatic as it is fiercely moral, The End of Poverty is a truly indispensable work.