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3b Business/Innovation & Energy and Resource Productivity Textbook - Hargroves, K. and Smith, M.(eds) (2005) The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century, Routledge, London

With over 30 authors and contributors, The Natural Advantage of Nations pulls together a stunning thesis showing for the first time that, wisely applied, the pursuit of sustainable development can lead to higher than business-as-usual economic growth,increased employment, while also solving our social and environmental problems. The book shows that significant decoupling of economic growth with environmental load on the planet is possible. This is a vitally important book for the world, especially when, driven by China, the world economy continues to grow rapidlyand pressure on the environment continues to increase.     

This book draws a bold vision of an ecologically sustainable future and tells us how to get there by building on the lessons of competitive advantage theory. It provides a remarkable synthesis of the latest from the fields of sustainability, economics, innovation, business and governance.                               

This is not another book of nice ideas. The Natural Advantage of Nations covers the latest most significant developments in the actual day to day practice of sustainable development by business, government, institutions, civil society, universities, research and development organisations, and educational institutions from around the world.

Numerous leading experts have lent their support to this book because it shows that pursuing sustainable                               development in any organisation and on any scale, nationally and internationally, is no longer a walk into the unknown. In fact, as this book shows, in  many cases the solutions already exist and are being implemented by companies, governments, civil society groups, churches, trade unions, universities, schools and professional bodies around the world. The book provides demonstrably relevant and successful solutions, already being applied, of which its authors have first hand experience.

 

Earthscan/James & James, the largest publisher of sustainability books in the world with over 4000 titles currently in print, has stated that, 'coupled with a companion website, the book The Natural Advantage of Nations is nothing less than the most authoritative and  comprehensive guide to building the new sustainable  economy.'

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