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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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What Do Non-Governmental Organizations Do?

Authors: Ahmed, Faisal Z.; Werker, Eric D.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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Non-governmental organizations play an increasingly important role in international development. They serve as a funnel for development funds both from individual donors in wealthy countries and from bilateral aid agencies. At the same time, NGOs are frequently idealized as organizations committed to "doing good" while setting aside profit or politics—a romantic view that is too starry-eyed. Development-oriented NGOs, which have existed for centuries, have played a growing role in development since the end of World War II; there are currently 20,000 international NGOs. This paper argues that the strengths of NGOs and their weaknesses easily fit into economists' conceptualization of not-for-profit contractors.

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Putting a Different Face on Africa: Hope for an Economic Turnaround

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2007

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With the world pushing for alternative sources of energy such as windmills or geothermal power, it will be easier to develop and implement these new technologies from scratch in Africa than to impose them on the entrenched power grid in the West. There are numerous opportunities for new technologies to flourish among 900 million Africans who have steadily lagged behind the rest of the developed world so far.

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Scorched Earth

Will Environmental Risks in China Overwhelm Its Opportunities?

Authors: Economy, Elizabeth; Lieberthal, Kenneth
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Of all the risks of doing business in China, the greatest is the threat posed by environmental degradation. And yet it's barely discussed in corporate boardrooms. This is a serious mistake. In factoring environmental issues into their China strategies, foreign firms need to be both defensive, taking steps to reduce harm, and proactive, investing in environmental protection efforts.

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Brummer and the bracNet Investment

Authors: Ebrahim, Alnoor; Pirson, Michael; Mangas, Patricia
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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bracNet, a for-profit/nonprofit partnership, aims to establish Internet connectivity throughout Bangladesh. Should Patrik Brummer invest again, this time in a rural roll-out, which may have lower financial returns but greater social returns?

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Taking Jobs to Bangladesh's Poor

Author: Dummett, Mark
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: BBC
Publication Year: 2009

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Every year the island floods and the 100 families living on it know that it is only a matter of time before Ratankandi is washed entirely away. They are among the poorest people in the country.

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Video: Eco Biz- Green MBA

Author: Samuelson, Judith
Product Type: Multimedia; Interviews
Source: Sundance Channel
Publication Year: 2007

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Executive Director Judith Samuelson was featured on the Sundance Channel's EcoBiz series, which highlights profiles of people making big ecological advances within the business world. In this short video, Judith discusses her work to green the MBA and bring today's business world in line with an environmentally challenged world.

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How Hany El Miniawy Designs Low-cost Homes for Egypt's Poor, One Community at a Time

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Arabic Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2010

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Most poor Egyptians live on the peripheries -- in the desert, in villages, on the outskirts of cities. This gives rise to a huge informal housing sector that is built without government permission. El Miniawy founded ADAPT (Appropriate Development Architecture and Planning Technologies) to build low cost homes for poor and marginalized communities in Egypt and Algeria.

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Mobility as a Driver for Economic Development: Tanzania Case Study

Author: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: World Business Council for Development
Publication Year: 2007

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As economic growth and industrialization accelerate and livelihoods and incomes improve, so the demand for mobility increases, particularly in the developing world...

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Motivating Employee-Owners in ESOP Firms: Human Resource Policies and Company Performance

National Bureau of Economic Research’s Shared Capitalism Research Project

Authors: Kruse, Douglas; Freeman, Richard B.; Blasi, Joseph; Buchele, Robert; Scharf, Adria; Rodgers, Loren; Mackin, Christopher
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Industrial Relations Research Association
Publication Year: 2003

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The growth of ESOPs over the past 25 years is part of a general growth in compensation arrangements linking worker pay to company performance, including profit sharing, gain-sharing, and broad-based stock options in addition to the various methods of employee ownership.

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International Place (A, B)

Boston Real Estate Playoff; A Perfect Ending?

Authors: Goetzmann, William; Tarsis, Irina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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First International Place, one of Boston's premier office buildings, was the subject of a control contest in 2005, as the New York real estate firm Tishman Speyer purchased the mortgage on the property through a sealed bid auction process and then sought to foreclose on the property...

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Communities, Corporations, and the Difference Between Consent and Consult

Author: Baue, Bill
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Web Sites
Source: Corporate Responsibility Officer
Publication Year: 2007

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A World Resources Institute report promotes free, prior, informed consent from communities affected by major projects; an International Finance Corporation report advocates consultation...

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Business-First Economic Development Benefits the Inner City: A Partnership of the Eaton Corporation Navy Controls Division and The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation

Authors: Stegman, Michael A. M.; Lobenhofer, Jennifer S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Community Capitalism, in the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2001

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The case illustrates the way in which real, significant engagement with community-based organizations and public officials has played a critical role in helping one branch of a major employer remain competitive in the context of the declining defense industry...

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MedShare International: Perfecting and Expanding the Model

Authors: Blum, Terry C.; Thomas, Robert
Product Type: Cases
Source: Terry C. Blum; Robert Thomas
Publication Year: 2008

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The mission of MedShare International is to reach people in need with vital medical materials using surplus medical supplies and equipment...

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The Debate Over Doing Good

Authors: Grow, Brian; Lee, Louise; Ham, Steve
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Business Week Online
Publication Year: 2005

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Some companies are taking a more strategic tack on social responsibility. Should they?

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Wal-Mart Puerto Rico: Promoting Development Through a Public-Private Partnership

Authors: Sagebien, Julia; Comas, Myrna
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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"Sowing the Development of the Country" (SDC) was a public-private partnership between Wal-Mart Puerto Rico (Wal-Mart PR), the island's Department of Agriculture as well as its Economic Development Bank (EDB), two NGOs "Caborrojeños Pro Salud y Ambiente" (Caborrojeños Pro Health and Environment) and ConectaRSE (a corporate social responsibility (CSR) promotion non-governmental organization(NGO)), and a group of local farmers. The objective of the project was to promote sustainable development on the island by encouraging farmers to become entrepreneurs by developing small agro-businesses. Wal-Mart acted as the primary buyer. The project faced many challenges, such as farmers' difficulties in meeting quality standards and delivery schedules, the lack of an existing vehicle through which to access funding from the EDB, and, most importantly, changes in the political party in power. Project partners had to develop a position from which to negotiate a new alliance with the incoming government administration.

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A Confrontation of Mindsets: French Retailers Operating in Poland

Authors: Hurt, M.; Hurt, S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The CASE Journal
Publication Year: 2009

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This case traces the history of French retailers setting up operations in Poland in the mid-1990s. The case, however, is set in 2006 when a top retailing executive recalls the important watershed period of 1996-1997 when the expatriate managers in charge of setting up the first hypermarkets encountered great difficulties with their new Polish recruits.

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Tesco's Experience in the Middle Kingdom

Authors: Govind, S; Indu, P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2009

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Tesco, the UK-based retailer, operated in several emerging markets in Europe and Asia. The case focuses on the entry and expansion strategies of Tesco in the Chinese market.

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The Effect of Stakeholder Preferences, Organizational Structure and Industry Type on Corporate Community Involvement

Authors: Brammer, Stephen; Millington, Andrew
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 45, Issue 3.
Publication Year: 2003

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This paper analyses the relationships between corporate community involvement activities, the organizational structures within which they are managed, the firm's industry and evolving stakeholder attitudes and preferences in a sample of 148 U.K. based firms who have demonstrated a clear desire to be socially responsible.

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St. Louis

Inner City Economic Development

Authors: Porter, Michael E.; Habiby, Anne S.; LaSala, Joanna
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Describes the history and challenges of the economically distressed inner city areas of St. Louis, a major U.S. metropolitan area...

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Revenue Flow and Human Rights

A Paradox for Shell Nigeria

Authors: Steger, U.; Ionescu-Somers, Aileen
Product Type: Cases
Source: IMD - International Institute for Management Development
Publication Year: 2006

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The case describes Shell's evolution within the context of sensitive human rights issues related to oil exploration and exploitation in Nigeria. Given that much of the revenue from Nigerian oil resources was being ‘siphoned' off by corrupt state governors, the case focuses on issues relevant to government transparency and corruption.

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Robert Sroufe

Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University

Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Product Type: Featured Collections; Featured Users
Source:
Publication Year: 2013

Robert Sroufe is the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness at Duquesne University. In his research, Professor Sroufe primarily aims to understand what drives sustainability performance and how firms can develop effective environmental management systems to enable the measurement and management of an integrated bottom line.

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India's Economic Agenda: An Interview with Manmohan Singh

Author: Gupta, Rajat K.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2005

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The prime minister of India discusses his plans to modernize the country's infrastructure, attract foreign investment, and create jobs -- all in the service of eliminating chronic poverty and disease in India...

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The Land of 'No Service'

Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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While maintaining “No Service” in the wild is essential for Africa’s ecotourism industry, the rest of the continent desperately needs more connectivity if it is to prosper.

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Yangcheng

AES in China

Author: Vietor, Richard H.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Explores issues of foreign direct investment as they pertain to the environment. Do U.S. multi-national corporations run operations abroad at the same level of environmental efficacy as in their home country? If not, why not?

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Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Authors: Jones, Geoffrey G.; Lefort, Alexis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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There are higher rates of female entrepreneurship in developing countries than developed countries, but necessity is often the main driver in lower income countries. Explores the challenges facing women arising from societal inequality, including lack of educational provision, and difficulties in securing funding.

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Trout Farming in Peru: The Lake Titicaca Decision

Authors: Robertson, Christopher; Wesley, David T.A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Faced with capacity constraints at the company's river fed facilities, the president and general manager of Piscifactorias de los Andes (Piscis), the largest trout farming company in Peru, is considering an option to create a trout farm on Lake Titicaca.

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Sustainable Supply Chains

Author: UN Global Compact
Product Type: Cases
Source: UN Global Compact Learning Forum
Publication Year: 2005

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In June 2003 a Global Compact Policy Dialogue gathered more than 200 representatives from business, civil society, academia and UN agencies at UN headquarters to identify problems and solutions related to supply chain management and partnerships.

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Twenty-First Century Leaders

Authors: Trujillo, D; Gutierrez, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2003

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The Twenty-First Century Leaders Program was launched by a group of business leaders from the Presidential Forum of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota. Ten business leaders and private schools agreed on a common objective: to improve the quality of education in Colombia.

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WaterHealth International: Providing Safe Drinking Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers

Authors: Faheem, Hadiya; Purkayastha, Debapratim
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2010

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This case study is about Irvine, California-based WaterHealth International Inc., a social purpose for-profit venture in the safe water sector, focused on serving the traditionally underserved "Bottom of the Pyramid" segment. The company’s aim was to ensure increasing returns for the company and its investors while achieving a social impact.

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Kipp National, 2002 (B): Managing a School Network

Author: Leschly, Stig
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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Continues the history of the KIPP Academies--two high-performing public middle schools founded in 1995 by Michael Fineberg and David Levin in Houston and New York.

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Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Farming in Indonesia

Authors: Alon, Ilan; Misati, Eve
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Oded Carmi was a social entrepreneur striving for a “green Bali.” He started Sari Organik as a model farm intended to grow organically with market demands and to benefit the local community while serving as an educational center for small scale farmers in the region. Thirteen years later, the idea was not as well embraced as he had hoped.

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Procter & Gamble to Benefit in All but Name from Water Purifier

Author: Deutsch, Claudia
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: International Herald Tribune
Publication Year: 2007

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How often does a company develop a product expressly for philanthropy, and then discover there is a market for it at home?

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Corporate Culture and Environmental Practice

Author: Howard-Grenville, Jennifer
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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This innovative book explores from an insider's perspective a company's environmental decisions and actions. Based on close observation at a major semiconductor manufacturer, Jennifer Howard-Grenville details how the company's culture - revealed through its internal practices, decisions, and norms - guided action on environmental issues...

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IBM

The Corporate Service Corps

Author: Marquis, Christopher
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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This case describes the conception, development and implementation of the Corporate Services Corps, an international community service assignment for high-potential IBM employees.

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Deposita - Whether to Dominate the Value Chain or Not

Author: Barnard, Helena
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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Cash is the preferred method of payment for new entrants into an economy, but it is also an attractive target for criminals. In post-Apartheid South Africa, Deposita has seized the business opportunity presented by this tension, and developed an automated banking machine, basically an 'ATM in reverse.'

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Control Data Corporation and the Urban Crisis

Authors: Nicholas, Tom; Singleton, Laura G.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Control Data Corporation considers its response to the assassination of renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

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DVD: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Author:
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Power of Community
Publication Year: 2007

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of The Community Solution, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. ..

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Louder Than Words: Lawyers, Communities and the Struggle for Justice

Author: Hair, Penda
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Rockefeller Foundation
Publication Year: 2003

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This interesting report of the Rockefeller Foundation looks at stunning cases of civil rights abuse of workers, voters, and students in different states.

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The European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)

Author:
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: European Business Ethics Network
Publication Year: 2006

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The European Business Ethics Network, EBEN, is the only international network dedicated wholly to the promotion of business ethics in European private industry, public sector, voluntary organizations and academia.

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Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Social and Economic Value

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Herrero, Gustavo A.; Quelch, John A.; Barton, Brooke
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Jossey-Bass Publishers
Publication Year: 2007

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Based on research presented at The Harvard Business School's first-ever conference on business approaches to poverty alleviation, Business Solutions for the Global Poor brings together perspectives from leading academics and corporate, non-profit and public sector managers...

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Productivity in Cooperatives and Worker-owned Enterprises: Ownership and Participation Make a Difference!

Background paper for World Economic Report 2004-2005

Authors: Logue, John; Yates, Jacquelyn
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Prepared for Employment Sector, International Labour Office, Geneva
Publication Year: 2005

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The survival rate of worker cooperatives and employee-owned firms in market economics appears to equal or surpass that of conventional firms. But they typically return a different combination of economic benefits to their member-owners than do conventional firms...

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Fighting Malnutrition and Hunger in the Developing World

Authors: Goldberg, Ray A.; Petkoski, Djordjija; Herman, Kerry
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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The millennium objectives of reducing poverty and malnutrition are not being met. How do the private, public, and NGO sectors of society work together to achieve better results and include the recipients in the process?

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Mining, Corporate Social Responsibility and the "Community": The Case of Rio Tinto, Richards Bay Minerals and the Mbonambi

Author: Kapelus, Paul
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics
Publication Year: 2002

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Mining companies have long had a questionable reputation for social responsibility, especially in developing countries.

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Stakes and Prospects of Nestle's Sustainable Strategy in The Coffee Chain

Authors: Declerck, F; Borot de Battisti, A; Pellerin, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESSEC Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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The case comprises two parts: (1) a prospective study of Nestle's upstream sustainable development strategy; and (2) a study of the downstream communication strategy from the chain to the public and consumers.

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Patrimonio Hoy

Authors: Segel, Arthur I.; Chu, Michael; Herrero, Gustavo A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Patrimonio Hoy is a program targeting the housing needs of the low-income population by CEMEX, a major Mexican company and a leading global cement producer. Originally conceived as a project to understand the customers in the self-construction segment better, a major component of Mexican home-building concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, Patrimonio Hoy has generated recognition and good will for the company.

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Fundacion Comunitaria Oxaca (FCO)

Authors: Maass, Angel; Serrano, Loretta
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Publication Year: 2005

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Describes the story of one of the first geographically focused foundations in Mexico, which was created by a group of international foundations (Rockefeller Foundation, International Youth Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Kellogg Foundation), and later joined by renowned businessmen and social leaders from Oaxaca, to respond to the social conflicts in the southern region of the country (ie, Chiapas)...

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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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Microfinance’s Success Sets Off a Debate in Mexico

Author: Malkin, Elisabeth
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2008

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Carlos Danel and Carlos Labarthe turned a nonprofit that lent money to Mexico’s poor into one of the country’s most profitable banks.

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Video: Cynthia Carroll Responds on the Role of Business in Africa

Author: Carroll, Cynthia
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: World Economic Forum
Publication Year: 2007

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Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa, Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, emphasizes that the company plays an important part in developing countries not only from a perspective of capital investments in infrastructure, growth and development, but also in terms of developing long-term partnerships with governments that address health-related issues, education and training, as well as small and medium enterprise development...

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