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Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 689–690 | Cite as

Daphne Halkias and Paul W. Thurman: Entrepreneurship and sustainability: business solutions for poverty alleviation from around the world

Gower Publishing Ltd., Wey Court East, Union Road, Farham, Surrey, GU9 7PT, England (UK), 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4094-2873-2 (hbk), ISBN: 978-1-4094-2874-9 (ebk-FDF), ISBN: 978-1-4094-6048-0 (ebk-ePUB), 23 chapters; 243 pp
  • Luc Hens
Book Review

“The Future We Want,” the main document summarizing the action areas recommended by the Rio+20 Conference (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20–22nd, 2012), advocates “green economy” as a main instrument for eradicating poverty, while maintaining the healthy functioning of the environment. Part of green economy is economic stewardship. Companies not only have an economic (profit) and social (employment, product quality) responsibility, but should also deal with their impact on the environment. Entrepreneurs have a core role in the transition to carbon-free/carbon-poor energies and in the repositioning of their enterprises to the evolving needs of society. Sustainability-driven entrepreneurs design ventures with the primary intention of contributing to economic profit on par with improved environmental quality and social well-being, in ways that are mutually supportive. In other words: Managers should act as the instigators of a social change toward sustainable development.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) MolBelgium
  2. 2.KeerbergenBelgium

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