Creating a Lean and Green Business System
Author: Keivan Zokaei, Hunter Lovins, Andy Wood, and Peter Hines
Publisher: CRC Press
Creating a Lean and Green Business System is packed with case studies and examples of companies going lean and green simultaneously. The book reminds us that there’s so much more to ‘lean’ than simply cutting waste and reducing costs to protect the bottom line. Indeed, the authors suggest that those companies that obsess about waste and cost reduction, to the exclusion of all else, will never secure the profound cultural changes on which true success increasingly depends. Numerous "firsthand" examples from companies such as Toyota, Marks and Spencer, MAS, Tesco, Wal-Mart, Adams and many more are provided which illustrate that being lean and truly green is not just about saving money, but about continuous value enhancement for the whole of society. At a time when many organizations seem to be void of systematic methods for continuous and profitable green improvements, the authors put forward practical guidelines for organizations to design their lean and green journey to eliminate wastes and to generate sustainable value while becoming ever more profitable. Case studies are used to shed light on the key aspects of lean and green from strategy to operations and from people engagement to supply chain management. The authors also provide an up to date overview of Toyota’s latest achievements: becoming green by putting into practice the mantra of Monozukuri. Each case study is underpinned by a great deal of research and include an up to date environmental benchmark of the auto sector.
Creating a Lean and Green Business System has a framework, an overview of tools and techniques, and many case studies showing how companies can, not only, reduce environmental footprints, but also improve service to customers and reduce costs at the same time. Today, far too many environmental management systems and green interventions are skewed in the direction of one-off technical fixes, end of pipe solutions involving limited number of people and scattered improvements which hardly leave a lasting cultural change. This is a book about how to change that all together in favor of profitable and sustainable change.