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Tough Decisions at Marks and Spencer

Authors: Eccles, Robert G.; Serafeim, George; Armbrester, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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In 2007, under the leadership of CEO Stuart Rose, the iconic British retailer Marks and Spencer, with great fanfare, announced its "Plan A" initiative. Based on the five essential pillars of climate change, waste, sustainable materials, fair partnership, and health, the plan sought to transform the company's practices. Key aspects of Plan A included more sustainable sourcing and influencing the business practices of the company's supply chain; communication to employees, customers and investors; and employee engagement. The case concludes with the tradeoffs involved in the decision of whether or not to install refrigerator doors in the grocery section of its stores. While the energy savings and reduced carbon emissions are relatively clear and easy to measure, the impact on customers and revenues is harder to assess...

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Finance and the Good Society

Author: Shiller, Robert J.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Princeton University Press
Publication Year: 2012

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Challenging the public and its leaders to rethink finance and its role in society, Shiller argues that finance should be defined not merely as the manipulation of money or the management of risk but as the stewardship of society's assets. He explains how people in financial careers--from CEO, investment manager, and banker to insurer, lawyer, and regulator--can and do manage, protect, and increase these assets.

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Mining and Corporate Social Responsibility (A, B, C)

BHP Billiton and the Tintaya Dialogue; A Note on Mining in Peru; Newmont Mining Corporation

Authors: Puffer, Sheila M.; Wesley, David T.A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Northeastern University
Publication Year: 2012

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The case takes place in Peru in the aftermath of the worst mercury spill in history. BHP Billiton, affected by the increased hostility toward mining companies, enters into an agreement with Oxfam to conduct training on sustainability and the impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects on communities...

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Using Business Tools To Combat The World's Big Problems

Author: Miller, Kara
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: WGBH, Innovation Hub
Publication Year: 2012

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We talk to experts about the rising tide of social entrepreneurship. Does it have the power to address some of the fundamental problems in society — hunger, health, poverty? And we check in with local companies who are trying to change their communities and the world...

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Greenpeace's Unfriend Coal Campaign and Facebook

Authors: Sider, Michael; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Facebook’s director of policy communications was faced with a situation caused by a YouTube video posted by Greenpeace. This video publicly critiqued the environmental sustainability of Facebook’s decision to build a new data center, its main objection being the fact that the new facility would be connected to a local utility provider that supplied electricity mainly from the burning of coal, one of the largest sources of global warming...

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

Authors: Duhigg, Charles; Barboza, David
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2012

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In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions...

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MO 637: Intrapreneurship: Leading Social Innovation in Organizations

Authors: Davis, Jerry; White, Chris
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Getting a major initiative to succeed in big organizations is much like leading a social movement. It takes being able to read the opportunity structure and thinking like an entrepreneur as one's career develops; mapping the social system to locate allies inside and outside the organization; mobilizing a team using available technologies; and framing the initiative in a way that motivates decision makers and makes the business case. In this class we aim to give a practical toolkit to those who wish to drive social and environmental change from within established organizations.

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Values, Ethics, & Sustainability Syllabus

Authors: Delgado, Javier; Gentile, Mary C.; Mazutis, Daina; McMurray, Adela; Montiel, Ivan; Simmers, Claire
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Teaching Sustainability Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management 2011
Publication Year: 2011

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Designed by an international, multi-disciplinary group as part of the Teaching Sustainability Professional Development Workshops at Academy of Management 2011, this Values, Ethics and Sustainability course presents the role of business leader as one that connects with sustainability at multiple levels – self, others, the organization and society.

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ABB's Hydropower Sustainability Dilemma

Authors: Busch, Timo; Dessain, Vincent; McCarthy, Kathleen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Adam Roscoe, head of sustainability at ABB Group, had to evaluate the content and the business consequences of a letter written by the non-profit organization International Rivers. The letter discussed the alleged violations of sustainability criteria when building the Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos. Roscoe needed to assess what implications the letter had for ABB.

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Don't Buy This Jacket, Black Friday and the New York Times

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Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Cleanest Line
Publication Year: 2011

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Why run an ad in The New York Times on Black Friday telling people, “Don’t Buy This Jacket”? Patagonia argues that businesses need to make fewer things but of higher quality. Customers need to think twice before they buy.

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