Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Source: The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
Are you looking for engaging and thought-provoking material that is new to CasePlace.org? If so, you've come to the right place. Here you will find a selection of content recently added to the site. Our newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
IKEA in Saudi Arabia (A, B, C) [Case]
A Swedish newspaper reveals that IKEA has erased all images of women from its catalog for Saudi Arabia. The article sparks criticism of IKEA from the Swedish government and its customers in the West. Critics contend that IKEA is not living up to its own commitments to gender equality…
Lululemon Athletica: An Ethical Fashion Brand? [Case]
Since its inception, Lululemon had emphasized sustainable business and operating in an ethical manner. But over the years, the company became mired in several controversies, ranging from false claims about the presence of seaweed in its clothing, to the presence of lead in some of its products, transparent yoga pants, etc, which made even loyal customers shy away from the brand. The company’s problems were compounded by ill-judged remarks made by Wilson, whose opinions on child labor, women’s dressing, and career-oriented women, had a negative impact on the company…
The Criminal Bug: Volkswagen's Middle Management [Paper]
Not only does the 2015-16 Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal have the potential to destroy a $227 billion-dollar multinational company, but it contains eerie echoes of other recent white collar scandals that have claimed lives and cost the public trillions of dollars…
Cipla Global Ltd.: Generics versus Drug Discovery [Case]
Thanks to India's process patent regime (1970-2005), Dr. Yusuf Hamied, the company's chairman, managed to catapult the company to its position as a leading generics manufacturer. However, in 2005, India changed its Patents Act to make it TRIPS compliant. Faced with Western pharmaceutical companies' 'evergreening', CGL became a prominent crusader against multinationals. The case ends with a dilemma about the best course of action for CGL going forward, given the various options offered by the industry, on the one hand, and the ambitions of its chairman, on the other.
Rumie: Bringing Digital Education to the Underserved [Case]
In fall of 2015, the Toronto, Canada-based education technology non-profit Rumie had distributed thousands of computer tablets preloaded with collections of thousands of pieces of curated educational content to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in some of the most impoverished countries around the world that lacked basic educational resources. Founder and executive director Tariq Fancy, with his team, were deciding whether to accept a large new order from an NGO in Pakistan that would require Rumie for the first time to provide ongoing services such as teacher training, performance monitoring, and other support…
* From the CasePlace Archives, Harvard Business School professor Joseph Badaracco discusses the relationship between leadership and literature: Read Fiction and Be a Better Leader.
The previous week's selection of new material is listed below.
Beneficial State Bank (A, B) [Case]
This case describes the founding vision and organizational structure for a triple bottom-line bank. It covers governance issues, regulatory considerations including Dodd-Frank, a discussion of the bank's business model including competitive strategy and the importance of human capital, and measures of impact.
Corporate Citizenship in Mining Projects: The Case of the Ambatovy Project in Madagascar [Case]
This case looks at the Ambatovy mining project in Madagascar, which involves exploring and exploiting a giant nickel and cobalt mine near Moramanga, on Madagascar's east coast. The company's perspective of the social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding the project is compared with that of two other stakeholders: the government and local communities.
The Incidence, Valuation, and Management of Tax-Related Reputational Costs: Evidence from Negative Media Attention During Periods Characterized by High Scrutiny of Corporate Tax Avoidance [Paper]
In this study, we examine the incidence, valuation and management of tax-related reputational costs during the window surrounding the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, a period characterized by heightened awareness and scrutiny of corporate tax avoidance…
Conflict Palm Oil and PepsiCo’s Ethical Dilemma [Case]
The case explores the impact of Conflict Palm Oil on the environment and how it is tied to deforestation, human rights violations, and climate pollution, adding to global warming emissions and reducing habitat for many already threatened species. Going forward, the question before PepsiCo was what the company could do to ensure its supply chain is free from Conflict Palm oil…
Etsy: Keeping It Real by Keeping Taxes Low [Case]
The company was known for its emphasis on social responsibility, transparency, authenticity, and its somewhat nontraditional approach to business. In January 2015, Etsy converted its Irish subsidiary to an unlimited liability company, a move it described as implementation of an "updated global corporate structure." In August 2015, the company came under fire for this move. This case explores Etsy's initial decision, the critical public response to it, and Etsy' choice to ignore the fallout and stay the course.
* From the CasePlace Archives, radio host Diane Rehm discusses the issue of income inequality with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Edward Kleinbard, Scott Winship and Dean Baker: The Risks of Income Inequality.