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Suncor's Political Role in Fort McMurray

Author: Valente, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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In the midst of massive growth in the oil sands, Suncor's chief executive officer (CEO) is growing concerned about the local government's inability to cope with unprecedented growth of oils sands development in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Crime, prostitution, drug use, social inequality and ecological deterioration have begun to cripple the area. The CEO is concerned that inaction may hold Suncor complicit in the social and ecological issues in the region.

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Samarco: The Role of Businesses in Empowering People

Authors: Fischer, Rosa Maria; Borba, Paulo Da Rocha Ferreira; Mendonca, Luciana Rocha de; Bose, Monica; Novaes, Elidia Maria
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Publication Year: 2011

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Samarco’s Environment Manager proposed a new social program for the mining company. This program had broad objectives: to improve the company's image; to involve the communities in the preparation of sustainable social-environmental projects and to build a network of partners for meeting local demands and proceeding with development actions after the end of the company's involvement in the Program. Fierce internal controversies culminated in a dilemma as to whether or not the company's way of operating socially should be changed.

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Hocol

Authors: Uribe, Elsa Margarita; Gutiérrez, Roberto; Barragan, Andres
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Publication Year: 2011

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This business case illustrates how Hocol competed in the exploration and extraction of oil in Colombia. What distinguished this oil company was the dynamic construction of a particular business model based on a deep understanding of the external context, allowing the simultaneous creation of economic value (profitability) and social value (promotion of social development).

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Shale Gas Extraction by Shell: Environmental Implications

Author: Dutta, Subhankar
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2011

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Royal Dutch Shell Company initiated a South African oil project that led to controversy around "fracking" extraction technology. The company faced strong protest and criticism from the local inhabitants and environmentalists arguing that the project could contaminate the underground water and lead to serious health problems across the region.

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Chile's Copper Surplus: The Road Not Taken (A, B)

Authors: Alfaro, Laura; Roscini, Dante; Kim, Renee
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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As the world's largest copper producer, Chile was benefiting from the rise in copper prices. Copper revenues translated into greater income for the government as Chile's biggest copper producer, Codelco, was a state-owned enterprise. Several critics wanted the funds to be used to improve the poor public education system, income gap, and other impending social issues. After all, Chile had one of the most unequal distributions of wealth in the world.

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Old Problems Remain, New Ones Crop Up: Political Risk in the 21st Century

Author: Jakobsen, Jo
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2010

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Despite the fact that most developing countries now generally welcome multinational companies, political risk still represents a huge concern for international business. In fact, multinational companies today probably face a much broader array of risks than during the nationalization wave of the 1960s and 1970s.

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IFP, Indonesia

Author: Shapiro, Roy D.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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IFP, Ltd. is a Europe-based multinational mining and minerals company contemplating an investment to produce forest products in Indonesia. The primary case decisions are 1) how to assess political and operating risk, 2) how to integrate economic and political risk analysis in order to select among the alternative spatial and operating configurations, and 3) how to manage operations in order to minimize risk.

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Murky Waters? Corporate Reporting on Water Risk

A Benchmarking Study of 100 Companies

Author: Barton, Brooke
Product Type: Cases
Source: Ceres
Publication Year: 2010

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Despite growing water-scarcity risks in many parts of the world, the vast majority of leading companies in water-intensive industries have weak management and disclosure of water-related risks and opportunities, according to a first-ever report issued by the Ceres investor coalition, the financial services firm UBS and financial data provider Bloomberg.

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Cameco in Kyrgyzstan: Corporate Social Responsibility Abroad

Authors: Bansal, Pratima; Scarfe, John; Johnston, Richard
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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Based in Saskatoon, Cameco was the world's largest uranium mining company. The case centres on whether the same corporate social responsibility policy developed in Canada can be applied to the company's joint venture with the Kyrgyzstan government to operate a gold mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan.

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Talisman Energy Inc.: The Decision to Enter Iraq

Authors: Bansal, Pratima; Slawinski, Natalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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The senior executive team of Talisman Energy met to debate Talisman's proposed entry into the oil-rich Kurdistan region of Iraq. This move was potentially very lucrative for Talisman but was fraught with risks. These risks were exacerbated by Talisman's previous foray into Sudan...

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