10. Critical Trends Shaping the Future

10.1. The Imperative for Change Will Continue and Strengthen

In many parts of the world, environmental stewardship has already grown in importance. It has enabled some businesses to demonstrate their capability to lead and innovate within their industry, compelled others to reevaluate their business processes and how they impact the environment, and driven still others to begin considering what an appropriate competitive response should be as their performance falls behind that of their peers.

Unlike fleeting trends that have influenced business management, environmental stewardship has many self-sustaining characteristics of other important, and even common, elements of business and operations strategies. ...

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