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Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature [Anglais] [Relié]

Mark Tercek , Jonathan Adams
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Nature's Fortune What is nature worth? The answer to this question--which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms--is revolutionizing the way we do business. In "Nature's Fortune," Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any bu... Full description

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  • Relié: 272 pages
  • Editeur : Basic Books (9 mai 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0465031811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465031818
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,6 x 15,7 x 3,6 cm
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Un peu court 3 novembre 2013
Par Sunic
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Conforme à ce qui était décrit dans la presse. Mais c'est un peu court, répétitif, superficiel. C'est plus un article de journalisme qu'un ouvrage économique.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surpsisingly readable. Great anecdotes. 28 mars 2013
Par Srikumar S. Rao - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What is an investment banker doing as head of an organization devoted to preserving nature? That was the exact question posed to Mark Tercek by Russell Train, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency. And it is the starting anecdote in the book. Tercek made his mark as a senior executive at Goldman Sachs - an organization known more for its bottom-line orientation than its desire to do good for the world. But it was at Goldman that he became aware that protecting nature is a good investment. There were many occasions when improving its environmental record helped a company bolster its financial results. As Tercek freely admits, "Our primary motivation was not philanthropy or corporate social responsibility, important as they are, but purely business."

But persons evolve. And as he became more comfortable at The Nature Conservancy, Tercek saw more clearly than ever that "..nature means all species of animals and plants, their habitats and the ecological processes that support them."

What I like about Tercek's approach is that he tries to incorporate business as a partner in conservation. He is an advocate for strong and effective government policy but he is a champion of trying to persuade businesses to voluntarily embark on environmental initiatives. He admits that he is not sure if working with businesses will produce environmental benefits but believes that one has no choice but to try. Given the dominant global role of business it id difficult to argue with that position.

The book is easy to read and has separate chapters on different environmental issues. Take de-forestation. Soy beans from the Amazon rainforest traveled to Liverpool, became chicken feed and then nuggets sold by McDonald's. The activist Greenpeace sent its boat to block the shipping terminal, protestors in chicken suits tied themselves to chair in McDonald's outlets and posters went up showing Ronald McDonald carrying a chainsaw. McDonald's capitulated, joined forces with Greenpeace and pressured the giant agribusiness Cargill to step up its conservation efforts.

Is this a tale of victory of the righteous? Or is it a tale of a malefactor getting away with a token surrender to public outrage? Probably both. But undoubtedly the change did at least lessen the pace of destruction of the rainforest.

Tercek is a believer in market principles such as implementation of a carbon tax to reduce emissions. But he also needs to cover the possibility of "perverse incentives" actually undermining the stated objectives. Thus, for example, an attempt to buy Freon from old refrigerators etc. to take it out of circulation resulted in pirate operations that manufactured it so that they could be sold to the government at a profit.

Over all this is a book that will give you a better grasp of the environmental challenges we face and what major players are doing about this.

Certainly worth reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When people listen to each other: 23 octobre 2013
Par Sue Reier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When people listen to each other and understand their needs, miracles can happen.
We don't need to be losing rainforests, and business can begin to understand that a wetland doesn't have the same construction costs as levees, and does a far better job that manufacturers need to be done.
Everyone wins. When people listen.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 NOW is the time to read THIS Book 9 octobre 2013
Par Ken Pulvino - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It makes sense. A concise description of "investing in nature" that brightly illuminates the twists and turns of the road to effectively balancing commerce with our global role in relation to nature's beauty and ecosystems. The examples of successful TNC projects, analysis and execution offer a roadmap for all of us today. The historical perspective of environmental issues is sharply focused without being overzealous.

Key events and organization impacts as well as conservation research milestones were referenced succinctly to the points being made about how to save our planet's resources without sacrificing what is necessary for healthy human cultures. This approach of science, macro/micro economics and community as well as individual anecdotal evidence of success are blended into a narrative that educates and sells at the same time. Readers should be sure to read through the end of the Conclusion to capture a very important subplot to the story that involves getting inner city youth into nature as a vital part of our future.

If more people could read and understand what CEO Mark Terzek is sharing they will know why TNC is leading the way through implementation, to a better world than the one we find ourselves struggling to nurture.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Learn about planetary sustainability in a whole new way.. 23 septembre 2013
Par monica restivo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Timely and elegantly written, Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, provides multiple examples of local government, big business, and local residents in locations throughout the world, coming together to create effective solutions to land use management, in which everyone wins, especially the planet.. a wonderfully inspiring read!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Partnering with Nature 15 septembre 2013
Par Susan Berry - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The need to value nature much like a potential investor would a startup they were considering investing in is a summary of Mark A. Tercek and Jonathan S. Adam's thesis. For example, what would an accountant show on a spreadsheet as the value of coral and oyster reefs? Reefs act as a buffer, making the outpouring of water from ocean waves less destructive, more manageable. This in turn lessens the likelihood of flooding of buildings, among other benefits.

From restoring fisheries to oyster and coral reefs to floodplains to realizing how our world is affected by climate change, Nature's Fortune aims to educate readers on the critical need of reducing society's dependence on grey infrastructure and the cost-effectiveness of replacing this with green infrastructure.

The authors cite multi-national companies, fishermen, farmers and others who have partnered with governments and environmental organizations, such as the Nature Conservancy, to reduce their footprint (think harm to or effect on nature), increase the amount of natural capital in the world (think Brazilian rainforests that sequester carbon, oyster and coral reefs that protect our coastlines, and fisheries that produce the shellfish and shrimp we consume) and to make operations greener (effecting a partnership with nature instead of working against it).

Nature's Fortune briefly discusses how the increasing human footprint is sowing the seeds of climate change and what this means for society. The age-old saying, "Don't fool with Mother Nature" remains a good warning. More extensive discussion of climate change and its effects is beyond the scope of Nature's Fortune. For an interesting take on climate change in the form of fiction, read Dan Brown's Inferno and Abdi-Jamil Nurpeisov's Final Respects.

Reading Nature's Fortune was relatively easy as the authors defined terms, using examples to further explain and clarify their ideas, and linking earlier chapters to the ongoing narrative. More of this type of literature is needed. One area I wished the authors would have incorporated into earlier chapters was addressing how to endear future leaders' (the youth) minds and hearts to the vision laid out in Nature's Fortune.
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