Business, Government, and Sustainable Development

Business, Government, and Sustainable Development

Business, Government, and Sustainable Development

Business, Government, and Sustainable Development

Synopsis

Keijzers provides a concise and authoritative introduction to the evolution of the collaborative stakeholder approach to sustainable development in the context of changing environmental policies. The range of sustainability objectives has now developed from relatively simple issues of environmental protection to a full array of interwoven social, economic and ecological issues, nationally and internationally. The involved process of sustainable development has now become a permanent and increasingly complex process.The author examines the evolving range of issues of sustainability, and the related change of processes within governments and businesses. Governments continue to fine-tune policies for the sustainable development of society. Similarly the business community is continually striving towards enhanced corporate, ecological and social responsibility. The author investigates these change processes in both the public and private sectors.

Excerpt

A few years ago, when I still was the director for Strategy in the Netherlands' Ministry of the Environment (Ministry of VROM), I was granted the opportunity for a two-month sabbatical at MIT in Boston, USA. I intended to write a paper to document an analysis of the Dutch environmental policy experience that would serve as a guide for policy makers in other countries. The Netherlands' environmental policy had proven quite successful and become well known internationally. As such, the Netherlands' environmental policy was seen as an interesting empirical example of advanced environmental policy development. The Dutch collaborative approach of 'covenants' with industry and local governments, the Netherlands' environmental tax policies, and its codification of environmental regulation into a comprehensive Environmental Act, presented attractive examples of a successful environmental policy 'experiment' in a country of 16 million people.

With the guidance and inspiring support of Prof. dr. L. Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT and Director of the Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School, I set out making my analyses. At that time, I could not expect that this article would mark the beginning of a series of articles that would lead to the book at hand. Neither did I expect that this would become a start of a scientific career when I was given the opportunity to accept the position of professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands. Throughout this process Prof. dr. W. Hafkamp, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, has been an important counselor and a dear friend.

I thank my colleague Ronald Jeurissen, professor of Business Ethics at Nyenrode University, with whom I developed an inspiring research relationship and started at Nyenrode University, the Center for Sustainability. We conduct research and advisory services on issues related to managing sustainability and ethics in businesses. I thank Ronald Jeurissen for co-authoring Chapter 3 of this book.

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