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Roba Amiga: Social Entrepreneurship in Textile Waste Management

Authors: Arenas, Daniel; Sánchez, Pablo; Hai, Solange
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESADE Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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The case focuses on Roba Amiga, a network of organizations devoted to collect, select and sell second-hand clothes in Barcelona and its surrounding, with the aim of creating jobs for people excluded from the job market as well as contributing to mitigating the environmental problem of textile waste.

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Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact

Authors: Akemu, Onajomo; Whiteman, Gail
Product Type: Cases
Source: Erasmus University
Publication Year: 2015

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With no previous experience in the mobile phone industry, Bas van Abel, an industrial designer based in Amsterdam, started Fairphone as an NGO awareness campaign in March 2010. He hoped that by inviting the public to design collaboratively a prototype of a “fair” smartphone, the campaign would raise the Dutch public’s awareness of the link between mobile phones and minerals mined in the context of a bitter civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Van Abel did not intend to produce a functional, commercial smartphone; his goal was simply to raise public awareness. However, by January 2013, through a series of serendipitous events, interaction with industry actors, and encouragement from sections of the Dutch public, the awareness campaign had morphed into the social enterprise Fairphone.

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Creating Trust in a New Way of Banking: The Case of Lendahand Mesofinance

Authors: Nijhof, Andre; Nikolaidou, Maria; Kupp, Martin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Nyenrode Business Universiteit; ESCP Europe Campus Paris
Publication Year: 2015

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Lendahand is a startup company that builds its business model on the new possibilities to regain trust in the financial sector by reconnecting people by means of the internet. With this business model, Lendahand positions itself in the crowdfunding industry with a specific focus on ‘mesofinance’ for medium sized entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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Sustainability at IKEA Group

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Toffel, Michael W.; Dessain, Vincent; Lenhardt, Jerome
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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By 2014, IKEA Group was the largest home furnishing company, with EUR28.5 billion of sales, and planned to reach EUR50 billion by 2020, mainly from emerging markets. At the same time, IKEA Group had adopted in 2012 a new sustainability strategy that focused the company's efforts on its entire value chain from its raw materials sourcing to the lifestyle of its end consumers. The plan especially centered on wood…

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Ethiquable: Social, Ethical and Viable

Author: Hennekam, Sophie
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESC La Rochelle School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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This case study is on Ethiquable, a fair trade organisation in the South-West of France. It discusses the strong ethical values that are shared among all employees, its cooperative structure, its management practices as well as the challenges and opportunities for the future…

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Azovstal Seeking the Competitive Edge: Meeting the Human Resources Challenge in Traditional Ukrainian Industries

Authors: Opatska, Sophia; Vorobey, Volodymyr
Product Type: Cases
Source: Ukrainian Catholic University
Publication Year: 2011

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This case is focused on how Azovstal incorporated important aspects of its HRM system into a partially external education process and created opportunities for desirable employees who shared its values. The project not only helps address Azovstal’s human capital problem, but actively involves the company in improving the Ukrainian educational system. The case illustrates the positive outcomes of CSR practice for the company, the Ukrainian workforce, and the society as a whole.

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Lundbeck's Pentobarbital Human Rights Dilemma or when Good Intentions Turn Lethal: Issues Management within a CSR Context

Authors: Buhmann, Karin; Pedini Rasmussen, Line
Product Type: Cases
Source: Copenhagen Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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This case trains students in handling difficult CSR dilemmas that may arise when products are deployed in ways that unintended by the firm result in it potentially or actually being complicit in problems caused by other organisations. Pentobarbital, a product owned by Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, was used in 2010 by US prisons to execute prisoners sentenced to death. The product was licensed for treatment of epilepsy and as an anaesthetic. Its use to induce intentional death was unauthorised and unintended…

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Stella McCartney

Authors: Keinan, Anat; Crener, Sandrine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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As climate change is becoming a more pressing issue, companies are pressured to embrace a more sustainable approach to their business. With fashion and luxury industries progressively rising to this challenge, what does it mean for Stella McCartney's brand's ethos to be a responsible, honest, and modern company?

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AXA: Creating New CR Metrics

Authors: Elias, Jaan; Rosenthal, Jean
Product Type: Cases
Source: Yale School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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A global leader in the insurance and asset management business, AXA had risen to the top ranks in terms of corporate responsibility (CR) as well. In 2014, the French-based insurer led the industry on a number of corporate social responsibility and sustainability indexes. Not content to rest on these laurels, AXA transferred its CR team from the department that included the Communications function to a newly created department combining the Strategy, CR, and Public Affairs functions together, to further integrate CR into the core of the business.

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Omar Selim: Building a Values-Based Asset Management Firm (A, B)

Authors: Serafeim, George; Henderson, Rebecca; Gombos, Shannon
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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At Barclays, Omar Selim spearheaded Arabesque, a socially-responsible asset management firm emphasizing faith and values. In June 2012, regulators fined Barclays £290 million for its role in the Libor rate manipulation scandal. Selim is offered the opportunity to spin off Arabesque as an independent fund if he is willing to break from Barclays…

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