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Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand Kindle Edition
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I, personally, think that authenticity, honesty, transparency, and (depending on the definition of this term in an economic sense) sometimes even simplicity will become more and more vital in the world of business to be and remain competitive in the long run. Just Good Business is a book that picks up on this and provides a great introduction how to brand products and companies authentically.
- Frank Roettgers, author of Going Green Together: How to Align Employees with Green Strategies
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CSR is often viewed with some skepticism in the business world, but there is nothing naïve in her approach or advice. She has been at this game long enough to know what works, and what doesn't, and this book a compilation of her knowledge and experience in both academia and industry. Just Good Business is written in the style of a good management book, and will be easily understood by executives looking for the boiled-down version of her 15 years of pioneering work in this field. The content is filled with first-hand knowledge of how to sell a CSR program internally, as well as a complete formula for development, implementation and measurement. There is nothing in this text that conflicts with making money, shareholder primacy or efficiency. It is all about building trusted brands that build value. `Best of all, the chapters are short and sweet for reading on the train, plane or in the hotel.
Paul A. King, Sustainability Executive
Bovis Lend Lease
In "Just Good Business," McElhaney ties corporate acts of social good to good business practice, branding, and financial growth. In the book, she provides her "Seven Rules of the Road," and provides useful anecdotes and case studies from her years of research and consulting about corporate CSR pioneers like Hewlett-Packard, Brown-Forman (Jack Daniels), EBay, Whirlpool, Timberland and Nike among others.
"Just Good Business" serves as a good resource and alignment tool for companies that seek a brand that is kinder and gentler, and a bottom line that is richer.
It is easy to see how McElhaney's wisdom would be valuable to any large corporation working to make CSR an integral part of an established business. As an entrepreneur with a company still in the early stages of development, I found this book to be just as useful. Although my startup is a social venture and by nature committed to CSR, reading Just Good Business reminded me that we need to take time to effectively communicate that fact, rather than assuming our customers will "just know" without being told. I highly recommend other entrepreneurs read this book, as it will be far easier to launch with a CSR plan that already supports your branding strategy and visa versa, than to redesign down the road.
One last note for non-profit organizations - McElhaney peppers the book with ideas for what corporations ought to look for in non-profit partnerships. Assuming companies heed her advice - and they should - this knowledge gives non-profit organizations a valuable peek inside the minds of the decision makers at companies with whom they may want to collaborate. By understanding McElhaney's advice to companies, non-profits are better equipped to find corporate partners that would benefit from being tied to them and their social mission.
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