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Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Year: 2014

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Are you looking for engaging and thought-provoking material that is new to If so, you've come to the right place. Here you will find a selection of content recently added to the site. The week's (01/19/15–01/23/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!

Thought Leader Interview: Paul Polman [Interview]
In this wide-ranging interview, Unilever CEO Paul Polman describes how his company is putting the world's biggest problems-from sanitation issues to poverty to youth self esteem-at the very core of its business model…

Rio Tinto Group's Sustainable Development Agenda [Case]
During Sir Robert Wilson's 30+-year Rio Tinto career, the company evolved from taking a reactive response to external stakeholder criticism to a proactive position to help the mining industry embrace sustainable development practices… Sustainable development sounded good, but could Rio Tinto make the business case for embracing this approach? Why had some stakeholder groups persisted in believing that a mining company claiming to embrace sustainable development was a sham? 

Buchanan Renewables: Bringing Power to Liberia [Case]
The case can be taught as an energy case - comparing the alternative supply options or as an infrastructure case - looking at the question - should Liberia pursue a project that can supply power quickly to create hundreds of jobs, but one that key donor agencies believe is overpriced and would place an untenable financial burden on the Liberian Electric Company (the state-owned distribution company)?

Jeronimo Calderon and euforia: Mobilizing Youth for Social Impact [Case]
In 2013, euforia was at a crossroads. It could continue down the path of revising its business model to scale its activities; pull back to preserve its original youth-centric social mission, organisational structure, and programs; or find a solution somewhere in between…

Fish Friendly Farming: Water, Wine, and Fish-Sustainable Agriculture for a Thirsty World [Article]
The case provides a history of FFF and its ability to create networks and collaborations between parties that typically find it difficult to work together. This case focuses both on sustainability issues related to land and farming, and on challenges related to scaling up a successful nonprofit organization.

* From the CasePlace Archives, teaching future leaders to better understand the impact of climate change and to develop effective climate strategies for their organizations: Business and Climate Change.

Listed below is last week's (01/12/15–01/16/15) material.

Meeting Our Highest Aspirations for Capitalism - 2014 [Report]
At the Aspen Business Education Symposium, October 16-17, 2014, over 100 business school deans, faculty and business practitioners met at the Ford Foundation in New York City to explore a fundamental question: How can business schools best prepare our next-generation leaders to act on their highest aspirations for capitalism?

Green Gold -an Innovative Sustainable Mining Scheme [Case]
AMICHOCÓ Foundation was a private non-profit organization operating since 1996 in the Colombian department of Chocó… The case depicts the overall situation of Chocó department and the importance of the mining industry to its economy. It also describes OVC's inception and the role played by AMICHOCÓ in its creation, and provides a detailed account of the Green Gold program, with an emphasis on its value proposition: a business model that articulated traditional gold production in Chocó with green international markets.

Through the Eyes of a Whistle-Blower: How Sherry Hunt Spoke Up About Citibank's Mortgage Fraud [Case]
In 2011, Sherry Hunt was a vice president and chief underwriter at CitiMortgage headquarters in the United States. For years she had been witnessing fraud, as the company bought billions of dollars in mortgage loans from external lenders that did not meet Citi credit policy and sold them to government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). The case gives students the opportunity to recommend how Hunt should proceed based on their analysis of the stakeholders involved. 

Via Verde [Case]
Both Rose and Weinstein were experienced developers of low-income housing, the former as CEO of the Jonathan Rose Companies, a national developer, and the latter as CEO of Phipps Houses, the largest non-profit developer and manager of low-income housing in NYC. The three proposal options differed in their risk and return profiles for the developers, and differed in how much they incorporated health-oriented, mixed-income living for the residents.

Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief: What Can We Learn from Commercial Supply Chains? [Case]
Organizing speedy and efficient supply operations for unpredictable major natural disasters was a continuing challenge for the U.S. military, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was both unique in its operational scope and political complexity. The case explores some of the lessons learned from the Haiti disaster, and offers an opportunity to test well-known supply chain concepts…

* From the CasePlace Archives, a course that discusses how changing political environments affect business strategies and how businesses can contribute to the peace and prosperity of the global community through commerce: Peace Through Commerce.

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