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Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Source: The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
Year: 2015

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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!

Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction [Case]
Food Donation Connection is a for-profit company that creates sustainable value — value for both shareholders/owners and stakeholders — by facilitating the redistribution of surplus prepared food from donor corporations, such as restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores, to charities that distribute the food to people in need. In fulfilling its mission of “Let nothing be wasted,” the company addresses the extensive food waste at the retail and wholesale stages of the food supply chain, a key pressure point in global food waste…

Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers [Book]
Joris Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew as much about banking as the average person: almost nothing. And then he was assigned to investigate the financial sector. Joris immersed himself in the City for a few years, speaking to over 200 people - from the competitive investment bankers and elite hedge-fund managers to downtrodden back-office staff, reviled HR managers and those made redundant in the regular 'culls'. Breaking the strictly imposed code of secrecy and silence, these insiders talked to Joris about what they actually do all day, how they see themselves and what makes them tick…

IDE-India (A, B): Bringing Valuable Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid in Agriculture [Case]
Amitabha needs to define the market strategy for IDEI, an NGO selling low-cost irrigation products to the bottom of the pyramid, to ensure sustainability…

Ethics Beneath the Surface [Note]
This note focuses on a number of specific behavioral influences and how they relate to ethics. In addition to highlighting how these behavioral influences can impair decision making, we discuss ways they can be harnessed to potentially improve ethical decisions and actions…

Flying Beavers: An Innovative Approach to Wildlife Conservation [Case]
Based on actual historical events, this case discusses the history and ethics of the Idaho Fish and Game Department's decision to transplant beavers from a rapidly growing area of human habitation to a less disputed environment, using airplanes and parachutes…

* From the CasePlace Archives, rewriting the story of business in society, and how capitalism can create value as “the best system for social cooperation invented—ever”: A New Story for Business.


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

Green Evolution: How Business Is Joining the Environmental Vanguard [Interview]
Time was that governments and nonprofits were the only ones pushing Earth-saving agendas. Today, more and more corporations have realized that environmental action and sustainability have to be part of their business plans…

A Tragedy in the Red Sea: Al Salam 98 [Case]
The case tells the tragic story of Al-Salam 98 Ferry as it sailed from the Saudi port of Duba to the Egyptian port of Safaga on 2nd February 2006. A series of failures on the part of the ferry Captain lead to the eventual sinking of the ferry, after a four hour ordeal, during which time the passengers and crew could have been saved, had help been called for earlier. Further failures by the operating company’s executives resulted in a belated rescue operation- at least 10 hours after the ferry had sunk to the bottom of the Red Sea…

Aviva Investors and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition [Case]
The case illustrates how the company successfully integrated sustainability into its core strategy and also explains the main issues related to sustainable development that the capital markets are suffering from. Aviva Investors represents an interesting example of a company advocating for more regulation in the financial markets in order to increase the prominence of sustainability…

TriCiclos: The Challenge of Scaling Recycling in Latin America [Case]
TriCiclos, a recycling company in Chile, and the first B Corporation in Latin America, is innovating the way business is understood and conducted. Nevertheless, different geographic markets bring a new set of challenges for a sustainable business: foreign governments with different laws and regulations for recycling and partnering with clients and recyclers, the need to establish partnerships with local recycling plants and, more importantly, how these variables affect the company’s organizational mission and culture.

Guide to Corporate Sustainability: Shaping a Sustainable Future [Report]
The connection between the bottom-line and a company’s environmental, social and governance practices is becoming clear. The well-being of workers, communities and the planet is inextricably tied to the health of the business. The smart choice is to proactively manage a company’s operations and value chain – looking at risks and opportunities through a wide lens…

* From the CasePlace Archives, this guide provides the knowledge and tools to help you ‘green’ your job and organization, to turn sustainability talk into action for the benefit of your bottom line and society as a whole: The Sustainable MBA: A Business Guide to Sustainability.


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