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China Plays Heavy Metal: Rare Earth Elements and the US Defence Industry

Authors: Ramon-Berjano, Carola; Schuetz, Marcus
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2011

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In 2010, 97% of the world's supply of rare earth elements (REE) came from mines in China. The United States faced the challenge of rebuilding domestic REE supplies to achieve self-sufficiency and protect the environment.

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China Minmetals Corporation and Noranda Inc.

Author: Litvak, Isaiah A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The proposed takeover of Noranda Inc. (one of the biggest mineral players in the world) by the Chinese state owned enterprise, China Minmetals Corporation, was cause for Canadian government concern as it required some understanding about the workings and objectives of state owned enterprises. There was particular concern around the labour issues and human rights violations in China...

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BP and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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

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On the night of April 20, 2010, a series of explosions rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The case describes how Tony Hayward and his predecessor, John Browne, led the firm and shaped the culture during the past two decades. In addition, the case explains how the regulatory environment and political forces shaped decision-making in the oil industry. The case concludes by examining the aftermath of the accident, particularly the public relations miscues that BP experienced as it tried to manage the crisis.

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Kinross Gold Corporation: Accounting for Stock-based Compensation

Authors: Henderson, Darren; Liu, Christine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Kinross Gold is considering changing the stock-based compensation plans that it uses for medium to long-term executive incentives. A Human Resources consultant must determine whether the current split between stock options and restricted share units should be altered...

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Barrick Gold Corporation - Tanzania

Authors: Newenham-Kahindi, Aloysius; Beamish, Paul W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Following recent organized tensions and heightened criticism from local communities, media, international social lobbyists and local not-for-profit organizations, the giant Canadian mining corporation Barrick Gold Corporation has attempted to deal with the local communities in a responsible manner. At issue for senior management was whether there was much more that it could reasonably do to resolve the tensions.

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Fairmount Minerals

Authors: Sharma, Garima; Chatterjee, Sayan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Given the strong personal values of stewardship of the planet and community held by the CEO, and because of the reputation of the industry, Fairmount Minerals was moved to action to integrate sustainable development in every step of its value chain — from mining to shipping the product to the customer.

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Fortune Minerals - Adoption of IFRS

Authors: Sturby, Chris; Jean, Melissa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The controller of a publicly traded mining company must make a series of recommendations the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the company as the company prepares to adopt international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Major decisions revolve around accounting for the company's fixed assets and mining properties.

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When Engaging with Your Stakeholders Is Worth Its Weight in Gold

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2011

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Given two gold mines with the same amount of gold in the ground, the same cost of extraction and the same worldwide demand, why is one mine valued 10 times more than the other? Because one has local support and the other doesn’t...

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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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