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Danone Promotes Sustainable Agriculture

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2005

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Groupe Danone is one of the first food-manufacturing groups to have committed to sustainable agriculture, an essential requirement for meeting consumer expectations, considered as a complementary approach to organic agriculture.

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Selling Agriculture 2.0 to Silicon Valley

Author: Woody, Todd
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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A catch-all phrase for environmentally beneficial farming, sustainable agriculture has long been the province of organic enthusiasts. But venture capitalists say a growing awareness of conventional agriculture’s contribution to climate change and concerns over its consumption of water and energy are creating markets for technological innovation to minimize those effects.

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Tomorrow's Table: Helping Children Learn about Healthy Eating Choices

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2005

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As an outgrowth of The Chef's Garden's Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI), the nonprofit Veggie U is committed to educating children about vegetables, and to letting children know that they have choices about the kinds of food they choose to eat.

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Seeking Sustainability: COSA Preliminary Analysis of Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Sector

Authors: Giovannucci, Daniele; Potts, Jason
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Publication Year: 2008

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This paper examines the pilot phase of vetting and testing The Committee on Sustainable Assessment's method, an innovative management tool used to gather and analyze data using economic, environmental and social metrics.

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Organic Agriculture: A Trade and Sustainable Development Opportunity for Developing Countries

Trade and Environment Review, Chapter 3, Part 1

Author: Twarog, Sophia
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, New York and Geneva
Publication Year: 2006

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The objective of this paper is to analyze the organic agriculture sector as a trade and sustainable development opportunity for developing countries.

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Engaging Civil Society to Create Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Environmentally-friendly Coffee in El Salvador and Mexico

Authors: Giovannucci, Daniele; Brandriss, Peter; Brenes, Esteban; Ruthenberg, Ina Marlene; Agostini, Paola
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: THINKING OUT LOUD, LAC Civil Society Team, The World Bank
Publication Year: 1999

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Farmers are interested in both markets and sustainability, so how can the two effectively link?

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Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

Author: Jaffee, Daniel
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: University of California Press
Publication Year: 2007

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Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world. But is it working?

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La Hacienda Musa

Modeling and Analysis for Environmental Sustainability

Author: Clemen, Robert T.
Product Type: Cases; Exercises
Source: Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Publication Year: 2009

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The question that faced Maria was how much, if any, of her 100 hectares should be dedicated to organic bananas. There were good reasons to go organic: top-quality organic produce would command a premium, and her isolated location would be ideal for growing organic bananas.

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Caffeine with a Conscience

Authors: Mead, Jenny; Wicks, Andrew C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Virginia Darden School Foundation
Publication Year: 2008

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Is "Fair Trade" really fair? This case examines the issues through the eyes of one coffee-drinker who has specifically chosen her caffeine venue because of the Fair Trade designation.

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Summervale Farms: A Financial Analysis, Forecasting, And Valuation Case

Author: Hennessey, S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2006

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In late November 2002, Ray Connolly was discussing a change in farming direction and practice with his financial advisor, Mike McCarville. They felt they had two options: become organic farmers, and stop using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to farm, or sell the farm.

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Starbucks and Conservation International

Authors: Austin, James E.; Reavis, Cate
Product Type: Cases
Source: HBS Premier Case Collection
Publication Year: 2002

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Starbucks reviews the future of its alliance with Conservation International and its new coffee procurement guidelines aimed at promoting environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable coffee production.

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Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line

A Case Study of Whole Foods Market

Authors: Dalby, Kaarsten Turner; Palmer, Todd; Potts, Kevin; Sullivan, Denny; Eager, Claire
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2006

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Whole Foods Markets (WF) owns and operates the largest chain of natural food stores in the United States. Already an internationally-recognized brand synonymous with organic and natural foods, the chain prides itself on its commitment to sustainable agriculture, wise environmental practices and community involvement.

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North Carolina Hog Farming

From Family Farms To Corporate Factories

Authors: Allen, Stuart; Goetz, Martin; Maradei, Nick
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2007

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Hog farming is a billion dollar business, and North Carolina is the nation's second largest hog farming state. This paper examines the financial, social, and environmental impacts that CAFOs have on North Carolina, and concludes with comments about the possible directions for the future.

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Pathogens in Our Pork

Author: Kristof, Nicholas
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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Seventy percent of all antibiotics in the United States go to healthy livestock, according to a careful study by the Union of Concerned Scientists and that's one reason we're seeing the rise of pathogens that defy antibiotics.

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From Tons of Manure, a Growth Industry

Author: Hirshey, Gerri
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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More than a decade ago Jane Slupecki, a marketing representative for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, took a group of Litchfield County dairy farmers to a brainstorming dinner at a lovely lakeside inn there.

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A Note on Integrated Pest Management in Pakistan: An Environment Friendly Approach

Author: Javed, T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Lahore University of Management Sciences (SEDC)
Publication Year: 2007

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Integrated Pest Management is accepted world-wide as the best way to protect crops with reduced pesticide use.

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Starbucks C.A.F.E Practices Program: Ensuring a Socially Responsible Supply Chain

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2008

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Starbucks Coffee Company’s C.A.F.E (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices program ensures that Starbucks sources sustainably grown and processed coffee by evaluating the economic, social and environmental aspects of coffee growing along the supply chain.

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Sekem: Generating Iridescence and Vitality in Egypt

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2008

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Sekem was the first company to develop biodynamic farming methods in Egypt.

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Newman's Own Organics: Bringing Organic Food to the Mass Market

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2008

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Newman’s Own Organics is an organic food manufacturer that focuses on providing the kinds of products people loved as kids, but takes them one step further by using the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

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Organic Valley's Plowing Ahead

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2007

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Organic Valley is an organic, family farmer-owned cooperative on a mission.

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Sustainable Food Network in North East Ohio

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2005

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An alliance of farmers and restaurant owners in Northeast Ohio is developing a sustainable food network.

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Urban Farmers’ Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market

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

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For years, New Yorkers have grown basil, tomatoes and greens in window boxes, backyard plots and community gardens. But more and more New Yorkers are raising fruits and vegetables, and not just to feed their families but to sell to people on their block.

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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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Cerifiably Trained

Author: Lee, Danielle
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Corporate Responsibility Officer
Publication Year: 2007

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The Rainforest Alliance continues to develop sustainable practices for companies seeking ever-popular certification...

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The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

Author: Edwards, Andres R.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: New Society Publishers
Publication Year: 2005

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Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. In practice, it has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the fastest and most profound social transformation of our time-the sustainability revolution...

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Platanera Rio Sixaola, S.A.

Author: Saklad, Hunter
Product Type: Cases
Source: The World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 1994

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Platanera Rio Sixaola produced bananas in Costa Rica for export to Germany. Produced with mostly organic methods, the bananas had earned the "Eco-OK" seal signifying improved agricultural methods. The cost of producing...

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Cultivos Organicos S.A.

Authors: Bucher, Juan P.; Perez, Felipe; Pratt, Lawrence
Product Type: Cases
Source: INCAE Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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Cultivos Organicos SA resulted from Mary and Francisco Samayoa's initiative to develop an organic horticulture firm using state of the art technology.

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The Sekem Initiative

Authors: Seelos, Christian; Mair, Johanna
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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"The Sekem Initiative" portrays a complex set of circumstances that frames Sekem's decisions to further grow and develop the initiative along its historical path of holistic development in the social, economic and cultural spheres...

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Souk El Tayeb: The Good Food Market in Lebanon

Authors: Jamali, Dima; Khoury, Haitham
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Kamal Mouzawak first launched Souk el Tayeb, a farmer’s market, in 2004 in Beirut, Lebanon. The idea was to create a communal space for farmers across the country to sell their organic produce and products. Mouzawak and his business partner are brainstorming ways to scale the impact of their social business while meeting the challenge of financial sustainability...

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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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Can You Have Your Steak and Eat It Too?

Authors: Osland, Asbjorn; Clinch, Nanette
Product Type: Cases
Source: San Jose State University
Publication Year: 2013

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Grass fed beef appealed to some consumers for perceived health benefits and it also seemed sustainable in the eyes of those ranchers choosing the green approach to meat production. The J Bar L Ranch and the Twodot Land and Livestock Company (TLLC) marketed meat products under the brand Yellowstone Grassfed Beef (YGB). One could assume the J Bar L Ranch didn’t experience the same bottom line pressure as other ranches but the TLLC had to survive economically as a family farm. Was it viable commercially?

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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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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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Innovation and Knowledge Adoption for Local Firms in the Value Chain: The Story of 'White Gold' from Uzbekistan

Authors: Bekchanov, Maksud; Sepulveda, Alejandra; Hornidge, Anna-Katharina; Purwaningrum, Farah
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Center for Development Research (ZEF) - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Publication Year: 2010

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The present paper looks at the current system of cotton production as state-order crop in Uzbekistan and discusses possibilities of integrating environment and innovation in the value chain subsystem as an effort to move away from exporting cotton as raw material towards developing a cotton processing industry.

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Locally Grown, Organic & Sustainable Food for Thought

Author: Weatherhead School of Management
Product Type: Mini-Cases
Source: Case Western Reserve University
Publication Year: 2008

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LocalHarvest stands for building a vibrant community, healthy environment, and a strong and sustainable local economy- all made possible by the vast potential of the internet.

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The Happy Shrimp Farm: Social Responsibility & Multiple Stakeholders

Authors: Leleux, Benoît; van der Kaaij, J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IMD
Publication Year: 2008

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This case's learning objectives are: (1) managing multiple stakeholders in a sustainable project development; (2) understanding the economic drivers of cradle-to-cradle, recycling projects; and (3) discuss sustainability as a business model.

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A Voluntary Environmental Accord for the Dairy Industry (A, B)

Authors: Tyson, J.; Alford, J.; Norman, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
Publication Year: 2004

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This case discusses voluntary industry self-regulation, as opposed to government regulation.

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Plum Creek Timber (B)

(Externalities Example 1: Resources and Pollution)

Authors: Bazerman, Max H.; Riley, Hannah; Nasser, Nicole; Troast, John G., Jr.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2001

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Plum Creek Timber Co. decides to go ahead with negotiations for a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) on its Pacific Northwest properties. HCP represents a new form of public-private-sector collaboration and innovation to improve upon command-and-control environmental policy solution...

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Benziger Family Winery

EMS Development and Implementation

Authors: Silverman, Murray; Lanphar, Tom
Product Type: Cases
Source: San Francisco State University, College of Business
Publication Year: 2003

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Matt Atkinson, Ranch Manager at Benziger Family Winery, was overseeing the development of the winery's environmental management system (EMS). It was February, 2003 and Matt and Chris had already invested countless hours in the EMS, which was being developed with assistance from the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Through their EMS Winery Pilot Project, Cal/EPA hoped to design an EMS template that eventually could be made available to other wineries. Matt and Chris had to decide whether to aggressively pursue ISO 14001 certification...

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Honey Care Africa: A Tripartite Model for Sustainable Beekeeping

Authors: Branzei, Oana; Valente, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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The director and co-founder of Honey Care Africa (Honey Care) looks back over the six years of operations and describes the original business model. Increasing international recognition highlights the potential impact of the model on inspiring sustainable grassroots ventures in the agriculture sector in Kenya.

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Nest Fresh Eggs (A, B)

Author: Amabile, Teresa M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Szymanski had based her company, Nest Fresh Eggs, on a strong personal belief that people deserved healthier alternatives for food and that animals deserved to be treated well. But, during Nest Fresh's 14 years in business, the egg industry had undergone a number of changes. Szymanski had to come up with business alternatives, some of which might require back-pedaling on her convictions.

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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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Nestle: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative

Author: Reinhardt, Forest
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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Swiss food giant Nestle attempts to improve the performance of its suppliers of agricultural commodities to raise quality, lower costs, and contribute to sustainable development.

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Equal Exchange: Doing Well by Doing Good© – Case Notes

Authors: Harris, Benita W.; Manz, Karen P.; Shipper, Frank; Manz, Charles C.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Foundation for Enterprise Development
Publication Year: 2012

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Case notes to accompany the case "Equal Exchange: Doing Well by Doing Good©."

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Equal Exchange: Doing Well by Doing Good©

Authors: Harris, Benita W.; Manz, Karen P.; Shipper, Frank; Manz, Charles C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Foundation for Enterprise Development
Publication Year: 2012

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In 1983, Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal, and Michael Rozyne were all recent college graduates and working for a food co-op warehouse in the Boston area. They began to question the system, asking “What if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms' use of organic methods rather than methods that harm the environment?” It became apparent to them that if they were going to pursue their vision, they were going to have to develop an organization...

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2012 Best of Sustainable Supply: McDonald's

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: AboutMcDonalds.com
Publication Year: 2012

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This report includes fifty-one mini case studies highlighting sustainable best practices in the global McDonald’s supply chain...

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Issues for Responsible Investors: Forestry in Asia

Authors: Cheng, Billy; Le Clue, Sophie
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Responsible Research
Publication Year: 2010

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This report attempts to outline the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that responsible investors should consider when looking at the forestry sector and, by association, the pulp and paper industry in East, South and Southeast Asia.

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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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Asian Agri and the Future of Palm Oil

Authors: Bell, David E.; Kindred, Natalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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For Asian Agri and other Indonesian palm oil producers, the future promised rising demand from fast-growing Asian populations, but also intensifying criticism from environmental groups. Asian Agri appeared well positioned to capitalize on the growing palm oil market, but the broad-strokes vilification of the palm oil industry was a source of serious concern. In the face of great uncertainty, the management team needed to devise a strategy for the future.

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Cosan: Thinking Outside the Barrel

Authors: Reinhardt, Forest; Maurer, Noel; Reisen de Pinho, Ricardo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Cosan, based in Brazil, is the largest grower and processor of sugarcane in the world, and the largest sugar and ethanol producer in Brazil. The Cosan case introduces students and executive education participants to political economy and business strategy in the biofuels industry.

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