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SEE Risk Briefing - Indigenous Rights: Risks & Opportunities

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Product Type: Cases
Source: The Centre for Australian Ethical Research (CAER)
Publication Year: 2007

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This briefing seeks to identify the risks and opportunities faced by companies with respect to managing indigenous rights issues and the ways in which these can materialise in the short to medium term for companies involved in resource sectors. The briefing also examines the policies and strategies relating to indigenous peoples adopted by seven companies operating in a range of sectors identified as high risk by EIRIS. Their management response is assessed against EIRIS indicators to determine the extent to which these risks are being mitigated.

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Authors: Bell, David E.; Milder, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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In 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation joined together to form a new organization, AGRA, to tackle the historic challenge of increasing agricultural production in Africa.

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IBM's Answer to the Food Crisis

Author: Ham, Steve
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: BusinessWeek.com
Publication Year: 2008

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A project announced by University of Washington researchers and IBM's World Community Grid to speed development of better rice may be just what's needed to ease rising food costs.

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Gone with the Water [(Un)Sustainability]

Author: Bourne, Joel K., Jr.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: National Geographic Magazine
Publication Year: 2004

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The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble—with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere.

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Biofuel Seen as Boost for Poor Farmers

Author: Aslam, Abid
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: IPS
Publication Year: 2007

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The world's rural poor could benefit from a boom in fuel wrung from crops, despite worries that an accompanying surge in food prices could result in more hunger, say environmental and food experts...

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Corporate Global Citizenship

Doing Business in the Public Eye

Author: Tichy, Noel M.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Jason Aronson, Inc.
Publication Year: 1998

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As the world's human population skyrockets and resources grow scarce, the multinational corporation--with its ability to mobilize massive human and capital resources across geopolitical boundaries--may be mankind's best defense against an onslaught of social ills.

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Sustainable Development, Sustainable Profit

Social Entrepreneurship can be a powerful tool for corporations to gain entry and build loyalty in developing markets

Authors: Mair, Johanna; Seelos, Christian
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: European Business Forum. Issue 20. Winter 2005
Publication Year: 2005

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No wonder managers are irritated. The promise of growth is already built into today's share prices, as a reminder of investors expectations of future cash flows. This poses a dilemma...

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Public Action to Remedy Hunger

(Consideration of Human Needs and Equity Example 2: Global Poverty and Deprivation)

Author: Sen, Amartya
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers; Speeches
Source: The Hunger Project
Publication Year: 1990

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Amartya Sen argues that systematic public action can eradicate the terrible and resilient problems of starvation and hunger in the world in which we live...

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Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms

Author: Revkin, Andrew C.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2007

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The world's richest countries, which have contributed by far the most to the atmospheric changes linked to global warming, are already spending billions of dollars to limit their own risks from its worst consequences, like drought and rising seas. But despite longstanding treaty commitments to help poor countries deal with warming, these industrial powers are spending just tens of millions of dollars on ways to limit climate and coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable regions--most of them close to the equator and overwhelmingly poor...

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Agriculture

Author: Goldbach, Justin F.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2007

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For many, the term "agriculture" conjures Jeffersonian imagery of the tranquil family farm. In contrast, genetically modified food and agriculture biotechnology endeavors provoke passionate debate about consumer safety and global hunger. While the agriculture sector has dramatically changed over the years in developed countries, it continues to have an enormous impact on the global economy.

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Growing Ethanol Market Could Keep Crop Prices High

Author: Geman, Ben
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Greenwire
Publication Year: 2007

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The growth of ethanol and other biofuels will lead to elevated farm commodity prices over the next decade, according to a forecast jointly released by two major international institutions...

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The Rich World Can Help Africa

G8 Summit 2007

Authors: Denning, Glenn; Sachs, Jeffrey D.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Financial Times
Publication Year: 2007

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When heads of state from the world's richest countries gather in Heiligendamm, Germany, next week for this year's summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations, they would most benefit the poor in Africa by first looking at what Africa is doing for itself. News from Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, suggests a powerful way forward in the fight against hunger and poverty...

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2006

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The United Nations (2006)
Publication Year: 2006

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Six years ago, leaders from every country agreed on a vision for the future – a world with less poverty, hunger and disease, greater survival prospects for mothers and their infants, better educated children, equal opportunities for women, and a healthier environment; a world in which developed and developing countries worked in partnership for the betterment of all. This vision took the shape of eight Millennium Development Goals, which are providing countries around the world a framework for development, and time-bound targets by which progress can be measured. This report shows where we stand in 2006 in achieving these goals...

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Urbanizing China

Authors: Iyer, Lakshmi; Donovan, G. A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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China's rapid urbanization, and the accompanying conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses, raised a number of economic, social, and political concerns. How would the challenges of urbanization affect the business environment for private firms? The success and viability of China's overall growth strategy depended crucially on managing a successful urban transition.

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Building and Scaling a Cross-Sector Partnership: Oxfam America and Swiss Re Empower Farmers in Ethiopia

Authors: Doh, Jonathan P.; London, Ted
Product Type: Cases
Source: Villanova University; William Davidson Institute/Ross School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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HARITA is an innovative model designed to help propel some of the poorest farmers in Ethiopia out of poverty by helping them cope with weather-related risk. Oxfam’s goal for HARITA was to develop a scalable model that could be disseminated throughout developing countries across the globe to help farmers deal with the effects of drought and other challenges associated with climate change.

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The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food

Author: The Prince of Wales, HRH
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Rodale Books
Publication Year: 2012

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The Prince's Speech is a stirring, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful call to action from HRH Prince Charles, one of the world's leading proponents of sustainable farming practices...

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The Yogyakarta Earthquake: IFRC's Experiences with the Regionalized Supply Chain

Authors: Gatignon, Aline; Van Wassenhove, Luk; Charles, Aurélie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2011

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The objective of this case study is to portray a practical application of supply chain principles in the humanitarian sector...

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Responding to Catastrophes: U.S. Innovation in a Vulnerable World

Author: Kent, Randolph
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Publication Year: 2008

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Humanitarian crises pose an urgent challenge to policymakers. The global humanitarian community offers enormous resources to international emergencies, and a greater integration of U.S. and international efforts could significantly improve international crisis management. A range of scientific, social, and technological innovations could offset the impact of future crises. Many of these innovations can be found outside the traditional humanitarian sector, particularly within the corporate sector and the military.

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Woolf Farming and Processing

Authors: Bell, David E.; Winig, Laura; Shelman, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Woolf Farming Company, a privately owned family farming business in California's Central Valley, found its business threatened by a lack of water, brought on by a combination of drought, poor quality well water and unavailability of surface water due to federally imposed pumping restrictions.

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Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses

Authors: Warr, Benjamin; Van Wassenhove, Luk; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2010

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Farmstar provides farmers with recommendations throughout the growing season and enabled subscribers to manage their crops with unprecedented precision. The technology’s potential was enormous...

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Rural Credit Cooperatives in India

Authors: Li, Wei; Parmar, Bidhan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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Recently, the Indian Congress asked a distinguished committee of experts to analyze and make policy recommendations about India's Co-operative Financial Institutions.

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How Should Nutriset Deal with Intellectual Property?

Authors: Osland, Asbjorn; Quan, Xiaohong; Vadlamannati, Aparajitha
Product Type: Cases
Source: San Jose State University
Publication Year: 2009

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Though Nutriset reinvests around 80% of its profits into R&D to develop solutions for malnutrition and related problems in developing nations, and the company is being pressured by some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to share the formulation and processes that are covered by patents held by Nutriset/IRD.

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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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Alleviating Poverty and Malnutrition

Successful Models

Authors: Goldberg, Ray A.; Herman, Kerry; Winig, Laura
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Introduces students to successful models for alleviating poverty and malnutrition through public-private cooperatives.

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Monsanto

Realizing Biotech Value in Brazil

Authors: Bell, David E.; Shelman, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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In 2003, Monsanto's patented ”Roundup Ready” technology was used illegally on 70-80% of the soybean area in southern Brazil. Jerry Steiner, executive vice-president of commercial acceptance, must decide if the situation in Brazil is stable enough to support a significant increase in breeding and biotech spending to develop products specifically designed for the Brazilian market.

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Corporate Social Responsibility: The Feelgood Factor

Author: The Economist
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Economist Special Report
Publication Year: 2008

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When catastrophic floods hit Bangladesh last November, TNT's emergency-response team was ready. The logistics giant, with headquarters in Amsterdam, has 50 people on standby to intervene anywhere in the world at 48 hours' notice.

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The Monsanto Company: Quest for Sustainability (A, B)

Authors: Simanis, Erik; Hart, Stuart L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: William Davidson Institute
Publication Year: 2001

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Explores the strategic drivers and implications of Monsanto's sustainability-driven transition from a chemical concern to a life sciences entity.

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Search of the Week Archive

Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type:
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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CasePlace.org’s Searches of the Week.

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The Nexus of Food, Energy and Water

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL); Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2013

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More than one billion people lack access to clean drinking water, sufficient food and electricity. Given the complex relationships among all three resources -- the nexus of food, energy and water -- meeting these demands will require thinking in terms of systems, not silos. It will take collaborative approaches that embrace rather than battle natural processes. And it will mean new technologies and approaches to everything from bio-fuels to desalination.

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Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Authors: Banerjee, Abhijit; Duflo, Esther
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: PublicAffairs
Publication Year: 2011

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The authors have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low.

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The Great Green Wall: African Farmers Beat Back Drought and Climate Change with Trees

Author: Hertsgaard, Mark
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Scientific American
Publication Year: 2011

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Despite his illiteracy, Yacouba Sawadogo is a pioneer of the tree-based approach to farming that has transformed the western Sahel over the last twenty years.

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Monsanto Europe (A, B)

Authors: Wesley, David T.A.; Lane, Henry W.; Spital, Francis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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Monsanto, one of the world's largest producers of commodity chemicals, had decided to focus its operations on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The first shipment of genetically modified soybeans arrived in Europe in November of 1996...

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Capital Markets or ALMS

An Emerging Paradigm Shift in Disaster Funding

Authors: Samii, Ramina; Van Wassenhove, Luk
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2006

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The case discusses the contribution of the financial sector to a more equitable, timely and efficient response to humanitarian disasters. It can also be used in finance courses as it provides a good example of risk aggregation and layering, as well as new product development in the insurance industry.

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The Fair Trade Story (A, B, C)

(A) The Discovery of Charity Trade; (B) The Foundation of Café Direct; (C) From Charity Spin-off to Gourmet Coffee

Author: Hockerts, Kai
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2005

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This case traces the evolution of fair trade, from ‘charity trade', i.e. the sale of objects produced in developing countries with little functional value to the sale of functional, and often organic products...

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In the Shadow of the City

Authors: Reed, James; Richardson, Nicholas; Donnellon, Anne
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1990

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Traces the history of a collaborative effort to create an organization to manage a major international development project in the slums of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Focuses on a serious set of disagreements which develops several months into the project between the two principals, an Ethiopian woman who founded the project and a British entrepreneur who is the coordinator of the donor consortium...

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