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Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Series

Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: A Bridge to Breakthroughs; Why Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Is Valuable in Every Context; Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: The More the Merrier; Tradeoffs in Sustainability-Oriented Innovations

Authors: Jay, Jason; Gonzalez, Sergio; Gerard, Marine; Bansal, Pratima; Chapardar, Hadi; Gehman, Joel
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
Publication Year: 2015

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This four-part series focuses on issues related to sustainability-oriented innovation. MIT Sloan selected this topic in order to highlight ways to balance between performance and impact. Startups and other innovative companies are working toward new products, technologies and breakthroughs, and both companies and society benefit when business sees impact as a complement to more traditional business drivers.

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Water-Energy Nexus: Business Risks and Rewards

Authors: Metzger, Eliot; Reig, Paul; Wen, William Hua; Young, Robert Samuel; Owens, Brandon
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 2016

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Global population growth and economic development suggest a future of increased demand, competition, and cost for limited freshwater supplies. Scarcer water, in turn, creates new challenges for energy supply because coal, oil, gas, and electricity production can require massive amounts of freshwater. This report illustrates these emerging risks and offers ideas for finding solutions at the water-energy nexus…

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Unilever's New Global Strategy: Competing through Sustainability

Author: Bartlett, Christopher A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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The top team at Unilever is faced with the challenge of balancing the company's financial expectations and its commitments around social and environmental impact. How could they deliver on that in the future?

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Clearwater Seafoods

Author: Reinhardt, Forest L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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Although seafood buyers traditionally bought on price, Clearwater's innovations and technology investments enabled it to produce higher quality products; still, it faced the challenge of convincing buyers to pay a premium price. The firm's managers also prided themselves on their sustainable fishing practices, which were not the historical norm for the industry; here, again, translating these practices into increased willingness to pay was a challenge…

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Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation

Author: Amengual, Matthew
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Cambridge University Press
Publication Year: 2015

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Why do states enforce regulations in some places, and in some industries, but not in others? In Politicized Enforcement in Argentina, Amengual develops a framework for analyzing enforcement in middle-income and developing countries, showing how informal linkages between state officials and groups within society allow officials to gain the operational resources and political support necessary for enforcement.

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Flying Beavers: An Innovative Approach to Wildlife Conservation

Author: White, Mark A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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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…

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Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction

Authors: Laszlo, Chris; Gullett, Katherine; Dicht, Craig; Buchter, Megan Schulstad; Sugiyama, Keimei
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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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…

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Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction

Authors: Wright, Christopher; Nyberg, Daniel
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Cambridge University Press
Publication Year: 2015

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This book explores the complex relationship that the corporate world has with climate change and examines the central role of corporations in shaping political and social responses to the climate crisis…

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Guide to Corporate Sustainability: Shaping a Sustainable Future

Author: UN Global Compact
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: United Nations Global Compact
Publication Year: 2015

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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…

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Green Evolution: How Business Is Joining the Environmental Vanguard

Authors: Knowledge@Wharton; Light, Sarah E.
Product Type: Interviews; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2015

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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…

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