Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
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Tata Chemicals Magadi: Confronting Poverty in Rural Africa [Case]
Magadi Township, where the company’s production facility was located, was one of the poorest in the country, subject to droughts and without many of the basic public services typically provided by government such as roads, health care, electricity, water and education. To address these needs, the company migrated from a top-down, paternal, ad hoc and resource-intensive approach to a bottom-up, collaborative, holistic and resource-sharing style that focused on community capacity building and self-governance. However, the issue now is how to best balance the strong need to reduce costs while remaining committed to the sustainability of the surrounding community…
B Lab: Can it Scale Business as a Force for Good? [Case]
To achieve its goal of redefining success in business, B Lab recognizes it needs to scale. Is the business world ready to commit, with real accountability, to purposes beyond shareholder value?
Note on Comparative Capitalism [Note]
This note draws on academic work, as well as social and economic data across several countries, to provide a basic understanding of some of the differences among capitalist systems…
As the co-founder of a software platform called Ushahidi, Ory Orykolloh watches the unfolding catastrophic earthquake crisis in Haiti and must decide how her company’s crisis-mapping software might assist international authorities as they move into Haiti to provide help and relief…
Fabindia: Branding India's Artisanal Crafts for Mass Retail [Case]
The business combined the twin objectives of making a profit and providing a sustainable livelihood for rural artisans. However, the winds of change were blowing. The next generation of consumers, part of a different economic environment and world order, were less tied to the Fabindia ethos and had widened their consumption habits. Given these changes, was it time to evolve?
* From the CasePlace Archives, how lower-wage workers, when supported by effective policies, boost productivity, quality, innovation, and revenues: Doing Well and Doing Good: Pioneer Employers Discover Profits and Deliver Opportunity for Frontline Workers.
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Sustainability at IKEA Group [Case]
By 2014, IKEA Group was the largest home furnishing company, with EUR28.5 billion of sales, and planned to reach EUR50 billion by 2020, mainly from emerging markets. At the same time, IKEA Group had adopted in 2012 a new sustainability strategy that focused the company's efforts on its entire value chain from its raw materials sourcing to the lifestyle of its end consumers. The plan especially centered on wood…
GlaxoSmithKline: U.S. Sales Practices [Case]
In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline negotiated the largest health-fraud settlement to date with the US Government over allegations of off-label marketing, bribing doctors, and failure to report drug safety problems…
Abby Falik at Global Citizen Year [Case]
GCY believed this experience after high school, but before college, would help students build self-awareness, learn about the world, and develop grit. In turn, GCY felt these attributes laid the foundation for success in college, and beyond…
HP: Imprinting the Global Health Sector [Case]
Hewlett-Packard (HP) had a long history of engaging in corporate citizenship, dating back to its founding. By 2009, however, under the leadership of its latest CEO, Mark Hurd, the company had lost its focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The HP board, however, did not want to let CSR go by the wayside; in fact, it wanted HP to reorganize and restrategize its approach to corporate citizenship. The case focuses on this strategic transformation from traditional, cost-center CSR to business-aligned social innovation…
Pearson Affordable Learning Fund [Case]
An in-house venture capital fund for affordable private schools at the base of the pyramid established by Pearson, the world's largest education company, PALF sought to invest in business models providing superior educational outcomes in emerging markets on a profitable and scalable basis. With Pearson's overall strategy shifting from the developed to the developing world and from a supplier of books to a host of other learning products and services, the company thought PALF's lessons might be applicable to Pearson's core businesses…
* From the CasePlace Archives, practical information on innovation and entrepreneurship at the nexus of business and natural systems: Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.