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Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Year: 2015

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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 (08/31/15–09/04/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!

Teaching Module on Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment: Ethics and Laudato Si' [Teaching Module]
This teaching module focuses on Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si'. It presents selections from the encyclical as well as background material and discussion questions for students, and resources for instructors.

Apple and Conflict Minerals: Ethical Sourcing for Sustainability [Case]
Apple had taken various initiatives to tackle the challenge of conflict minerals since it started facing the heat from some activist groups in 2010. Despite all the efforts made by Apple, the company faced an uphill task. Going forward, the question before Apple was what more could the company do to ensure that all its products were free from conflict minerals…

How Equal Exchange Aligns Our Capital with Our Mission [Essay]
In the wake of this cooperative’s recently concluded $4M stock offering, Equal Exchange created a single document that explains all of our unorthodox capital model…

Closure of Corinthian Colleges: An Erosion of Values? [Case]
Considered as one of the biggest shutdowns in the history of higher education in the US, the college was closed following allegations of ‘misrepresented job placement data, altered grades and attendance records’. The plight of the students was largely left to the government agencies and other institutions and students were protesting seeking waiver of their loans. While the closure of Corinthian was rife with controversy, it only seemed to be a smaller part of a larger industry problem…

Creating Trust in a New Way of Banking: The Case of Lendahand Mesofinance [Case]
Lendahand is a startup company that builds its business model on the new possibilities to regain trust in the financial sector by reconnecting people by means of the internet. With this business model, Lendahand positions itself in the crowdfunding industry with a specific focus on ‘mesofinance’ for medium sized entrepreneurs in developing countries.

* From the CasePlace Archives, ways to implement principles for responsible management education using real world examples with cases from dozens of institutions in countries around the world: Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing Sustainability at the Heart of Management Education.

The previous week's selection of new material is listed below.

Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s Dilemma: International Finance Corporation and the Tata Mundra Power Plant [Case]
The case study is about the dilemma faced by Dr. Jim Yong Kim (Kim), President of the World Bank Group, related to International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) funding of the Tata Mundra Project in India. Before the Tata Mundra power project went on stream, everyone related to the project claimed that it would be beneficial for infrastructure development, economic growth, as well as for the poor communities living in areas near the power plant site, but the project soon started facing some serious criticism on the environmental and social fronts…

Poseidon Carlsbad: Desalination and the San Diego County Water Authority [Case]
Extreme drought conditions in California have significant impacts on the ability of the San Diego County Water Authority to provide adequate water for current users. Brian Brady and other members of the Authority need to vote for or against a financing and construction plan that includes a 30-year water purchase agreement with Poseidon Resources (Channelside) LP, a private company. Is this proposal good policy in the long run to lock in supply and price for 7% of the region's water needs? Is the private finance and provision of public infrastructure appropriate for a basic good like water?

Academic Engagement: How Business & Business Schools Partner to Drive Sustainable Innovation [Report]
Business schools are critical to the goal of training future leaders in the value of the triple bottom line. Academic centers and institutes focused on sustainability also help current executives make innovations at the intersection of market, social and environmental priorities a reality…

Mandating CSR for Indian Corporates: The Right Move? [Case]
In April 2014, India became the first country in the world to mandate CSR spending through the new Companies Act. Although the legislation was considered an innovative way to give back to society, a majority of corporate India was not in favour of the move and lobbied heavily against it. With a number of arguments for and against the Bill, how effective the move would be and whether it would serve the purpose of helping the poor in India remained to be seen…

Hopworks Urban Brewery: A Case of Sustainable Beer [Case]
Hopworks is faced with a number of key decisions that affect its sustainability both economically and ecologically. Christian Ettinger, founder and brewmaster of Hopworks, must make strategic decisions about capital investments, labor allocations, and even the future of their organic certification as he executes a growth plan in line with their sustainable values. In this case, students will be challenged with analyzing all aspects of a sustainability-focused business and considering the many choices a craft brewer, or any small business owner, faces.

* From the CasePlace Archives, how businesses, communities and the nation can reduce the societal and economic burdens of disasters, by actively preparing for and recovering from adverse events: Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.

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