What’s the book about?

Things that are good for the planet are also good for business. Numerous studies from the likes of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Harvard, MIT Sloan, and others indicate that organizations that commit to goals of zero waste, zero harmful emissions, and zero use of nonrenewable resources clearly outperform their competition.

Like lean thinking, greening your business is not just a ‘nice to have’; at least not anymore. It is now a key economic driver for many forward looking firms. This book is packed with case studies and examples that illustrate how leading firms use lean and green as simultaneous sources of inspiration in various sectors of industry – from automotive and retail to textile and brewing. Take Toyota as an example, the holy grail of economic efficiency for decades. This book, shows that Toyota tops the green chart too, describing Toyota’s notion of Monozukuri: sustainable manufacturing.

Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability offers opportunities for innovation that can simultaneously reduce dependence on natural resources and enhance global prosperity. It explores less understood aspects of lean and green – discussing their evolution independently as well as the opportunities that exist in their integration, highlighting the importance of a cultural shift across the whole company.

Outlining a systematic way to eliminate harmful waste while generating green value, the book explains how to:

  • Become economically successful and environmentally sustainable by adopting the lean and green business system model
  • Adopt a systematic approach to become lean and green, and develop your own roadmap to success
  • Use the cutting edge tools, techniques, and methodologies developed by the authors
  • Translate the techniques and culture that underpin lean into environmental improvements

Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability supplies a new way of thinking that will allow you to boost improvement efforts and create a positively charged work environment – while contributing to the long-term well being of the environment.

Creating a Lean and Green Business System is filled with case studies and examples of companies going lean and green simultaneously. Numerous examples from companies such as Toyota, Marks and Spencer, MAS, Tesco, WalMart, Adnams and many more are provided to illustrate the economic gains of going green and the green benefits of becoming lean. Extensive 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 chains. This book gives practical guidelines on the application of lean approaches to environmental management, key benefits of lean and green, and the challenges and opportunities on the path to becoming lean and green. It also provides an up to date overview of Toyota’s latest obsession: becoming green. Case studies are underpinned by thousands of hours of research and include an up to date environmental benchmark of the auto sector.

This book puts forward a systematic way for organisations to design their green journey to eliminate green wastes and to generate green value while becoming profitable. Currently, many organisations seem to be void of systematic methods for continuous and profitable green improvements. Environmental management systems and green interventions are by and large 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. On the other hand, the lean community have increasingly become aware of the importance of systematic improvements, paying attention to the cultural and leadership issues and orderly interventions such as value stream mapping or road mapping techniques. We want companies to become green systematically and holistically by drawing on decades of experience accumulated by the lean community successfully designing countless continuous improvement journeys. As a result, we develop a body of evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of the application of the lean approaches and philosophies to green management while explaining the relationship between lean and green in a systematic rather than a piece meal fashion. The book even offers a suite of ‘lean and green’ tools and techniques for those who like their ‘improvement toolkit’.

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