Greening of business

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The global industrial system has been amazingly successful in raising productivity and lifting incomes for hundreds of millions of people. But as it expands to come up against global limits, it gives rise to serious, if not existential, problems of which global warming is the headline case. In response, an expanding literature is contrasting two kinds of overall business trajectories, one that continues with fossil fuels and resource extraction (known as business as usual) and an alternative based on renewables and resource circulation, known as greening of business. The greening option poses a challenge for business in that it departs from the convention that business categories are considered ‘content-neutral.’
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences
EditorsJames D Wright
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; New York
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Capitalism
  • China
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environment
  • Global warming
  • Industrial change

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    Mathews, J. A. (2015). Greening of business. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (2nd ed., pp. 392-396). Amsterdam ; New York: Elsevier.