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The Adventure of Sustainable Performance

Canoeing Under Elephants

"The Wisdom contained in this brilliant book will become seminal, and its impact, transformational"

Perfect for executives, managers, directors, and other business leaders, The Adventure of Sustainable Performance is an actionable guidebook for the implementation of value-add sustainability programmes.


Create value from sustainability and organisational performance

The Adventure of Sustainable Performance seeks out bold pioneers or forgotten pioneers who need reinvigorating and to be inspired with renewed purpose.

Leaders who want more than just modest incremental efficiency gains, who want to create value, to deliver positive impact and meaningful change, should welcome this book. In a time of disruption like never before, boundaries will need revisiting, systems need reimagining, and assets need repurposing through wise stewardship.

This book starts by highlighting the reality of now. Then, by guiding the reader through the challenges of ESG compliance, it presents this new landscape as a platform for value creation. Finally, it uncovers the opportunities of net-zero, circular business models and a more just and inclusive capitalism as having huge potential in a new emerging era. Having interviewed dozens of C Suite officers in different industries and based on decades of experience as guides to progressive leaders and pioneers around the world, the authors distil the need and show the way.



Be in no doubt, The Adventure of Sustainable Performance describes an adventurous journey, uncomfortable at times, where a new and cold reality is dawning. But, in a period when the world will continue to play at denial or talk more of ruins, this book helps leaders to instead see foundations. Foundations upon which the new era will be built, and new systems of value will be realised.


Stuart McLachlan

Stuart McLachlan

Stuart is a proven business leader with over 30 years experience in the ESG and sustainability space. He is a founder and CEO of Anthesis Group, one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Prior to this, Stuart was a Director on the Board of WSP Group PLC. Passionate about moving from talk to action he has dedicated his career to proving how business can be a force for good, and how superior financial returns are available as a result of authentic purpose.

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Dean Sanders

Dean Sanders

Dean is Chief Enterprise Officer at Anthesis. He started his career at Jacobs Suchard in brand marketing before setting up GoodBrand in 1997. He has 25 years of experience in building sustainable performance strategies for some of the world’s leading multinational consumer brand companies. Dean serves as an Honorary Fellow at Durham University Business School.