|Building a Sustainable Future through the Greening of Industry and its Networks: Knowledge Sharing and Action Promotion
Journal of Cleaner Production. 11/2014.
Joseph Sarkis, Diego Vazquez, Theo de Bruijn, Kurt Fischer, María-Laura Franco-García, Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Harn Wei Kua, Martin Lehmann, and Ilangovan Kuppusamy.
ABSTRACT:The Greening of Industry Network (GIN) is into its third decade of involvement in integrated environmental, social, and economic debates. This paper introduces GIN to another generation of thinkers and doers, and reintroduces it to participants who have had previous experiences with GIN and/or its activities. GIN's history ...
and the various ‘debates’ sponsored by the organization over the years will be overviewed. We also identify debates and directions that we see continuing or emerging over the next few years, as GIN continues to evolve. Although GIN has been an active player in the debates about the greening of industrial development for two decades, it has evolved as social, technological, organizational, and economic developments changed. Over its two-plus decades, GIN has seen significant shifts in a number of directions, many of these shifts occurring in sporadic and unexpected ways. Climate change, resource depletion, sustainability, technological change with an expanding global communication network, social media, multiple recessions and growth periods, base of pyramid emphasis, a growing academic stream in business and the environment, have all contributed to the various lenses of GIN participants and thereby shaped action and activities in the Network. Change continues. GIN will be there to help understand and address some of these changes as they pertain to the Greening of Industry.
|From Environment to Sustainability: The Greening of Industry Network at the Millennium
Planning for The Second Decade of the Greening of Industry Network, January 2001.
|Envisioning the Global Environment in 2025
(Part 1 of 2, April 2000)
In 1998, the Greening of Industry Network and General Motors R&D began a cooperative envisioning project to develop a shared understanding of the forces of global environment change in 2025.
The initial phase of the project identified 36 forces of environmental change themes. The first phase examined the relative importance of these 36 themes and the attention given to them by thought leaders from around the world.
|Envisioning the Future Global Environment: GM-GIN Workshop Summary
(Part 2 of 2, October 2001)
During the two-day workshop, participants from GIN’s International Planning Committee and from GM R&D discussed the potential implications of consumption, technology and business polices and philosophies in four different scenarios or future worlds. Two surveys on critical global issues and forces of environmental change (see Part 1 above) provided a valuable source of research for the workshop. In addition to gaining insights into how major issues may evolve differently in the future, the combined group developed implications and options for GIN to advance an agenda for a positive global environmental future.
|The Greening of Industry For a Sustainable Future : Building an International Research Agenda
Johan Schot, Ellis Brand, Kurt Fischer, January 1997. Free download as a basic part of the Network’s mission, the research agenda defines knowledge needs and research priorities in the area of industry, environment and development for the coming decade and aims to provide a clearer perspective on how research priorities are currently developed – and how to improve this process.
|The Challenge of Going Green
Including a contribution by Kurt Fischer and Johan Schot. Harvard Business Review, pp. 47-50, July-August 1994. In the May-June 1994 issue of Harvard Business Review, Noah Walley and Bradley Whitehead find fault in the “new common wisdom” that the incorporation of environmental management strategies into business activity will increase profitability.
Finding this vision highly unrealistic, they question whether “win-win solutions” should be the foundation of a company’s environmental strategy. In the following issue, 12 respondents, including the coordinators of the Greening of Industry Network, are asked to comment.
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