Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Planet building: A case study of corporate sustainability for a globalized world
by Arnold, Darci L., M.A., San Jose State University, 2010, 132; 1488102
Abstract (Summary)

With the increasing complexities of a globalized 21 st-century world, the growing power of industry clusters makes corporations important actors in designing sustainable development strategies. This thesis presents an applied case study at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) as the company designed and launched its award-winning Sensible Sustainability platform. The research was conducted to determine how a large multinational company could create a business case for sustainability, and the results illustrate that value exists for firms engaged in sustainability initiatives.

CBRE’s initial no-cost and low-cost activities resulted in increased operational efficiencies and lower costs. Over the course of the research period, the company migrated toward its more strategic Planet Building strategy and has begun to merge its financials with an environmental and a growing social agenda that supports the Triple Bottom Line of transformative sustainability. As a result, the company is engaged with more diverse stakeholders in new markets and is realizing the benefits of increased brand reputation, improved relationships with more demanding clients, and increased market share and revenue.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reckmeyer, William J.
Commitee: English-Lueck, Jan, Hopkins, Charles, Jaehne, Dennis, Pogue, David, Wagnleitner, Reinhold
School: San Jose State University
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management, Sustainability
Keywords: Bottom of the economic pyramid, Corporate social responsibility programs, Corporate sustainability, Global citizenship, Sustainability, Triple bottom line
Publication Number: 1488102
ISBN: 9781124434483
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