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First Green Bank: Bringing Bloom to Desert Landscapes

Authors: Marquis, Christopher; Almandoz, Juan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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First Green Bank is a bank start-up in the midst of the financial crisis which aims to promote sustainability while making money as a bank. The case presents an ethical dilemma as it considers a loan to an arms manufacturer…

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Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature

Authors: Tercek, Mark R.; Adams, Jonathan S.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Basic Books
Publication Year: 2013

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What is nature worth? The answer to this question—which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms—is revolutionizing the way we do business...

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micro Home Solutions: A Social Housing Initiative in India

Authors: Kerr, William R.; Brownell, Alexis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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mHS is a social enterprise for the provision of affordable housing in India. After India's microfinance industry collapses, mHS needs to reposition itself for continued operations and long-term growth.

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Money Is Never Enough

Author: Casanueva, Leticia M. Jáuregui
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2013

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Since the 1970s, microcredit has been considered a critical tool for poverty reduction and development. After years of research and working hand-in-hand with female entrepreneurs in marginalized Mexican communities, however, I’ve learned that credit is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for success...

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First Solar: CFRA's Accounting Quality Concerns

Authors: Srinivasan, Suraj; Cornell, Ian McKown
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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The case relates to accounting quality analysis conducted by the leading research firm Center for Financial Research and Analysis (CFRA) on companies in the solar industry with a focus on First Solar Inc. The case places students in the shoes of CFRA analysts who need to assess First Solar's accounting quality and business prospects after the company releases its second quarter financial numbers in 2009.

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The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

Author: Harris, Bob
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Walker & Company
Publication Year: 2013

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After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-to-day life--political and emotional--in much of the world that Americans never see.

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Overcoming Short-Termism within British Business: The Key to Sustained Economic Growth

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Labour Party, UK
Publication Year: 2013

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This Review looks at ‘short-termism’ within British business: the pressure to focus on short-term results to the possible detriment of the long-term health of a company, or even a whole industry. The investigation confirmed that short-termism constrains the ambition of UK business, holding back its development and inhibiting economic growth...

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Interview: Matthew Arnold on Steering Sustainability at JP Morgan

Author: Gunther, Marc
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Guardian
Publication Year: 2013

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Marc Gunther interviews Matthew Arnold, JP Morgan Chase's head of environmental affairs on asking clients uncomfortable questions and identifying environmental and social risk in fracking and other practices...

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TED Talks: Video Collection

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Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: TED
Publication Year: 2013

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This video collection of TED Talks highlights social, environmental and ethical issues related to business and can be used as an introduction to this varied video library on fascinating ideas by remarkable people.

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Capitec Bank: Leveraging Banking Innovations to Attract Wealthier Customers

Authors: Barnard, Helena; Ansell, Gwen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business; Gordon Institute of Business Science
Publication Year: 2012

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Capitec Bank was a new bank established at the end of apartheid to offer banking services and loans to the large numbers of low-income potential customers newly opened to economic progress and aspiration by the end of the discriminatory system. The case will be useful for postgraduate MBA courses and short courses focused on a key challenge of doing business at the so-called “base of the pyramid”: how successfully can an enterprise in a changing competitive climate both continue to consolidate and develop its low-income market, while at the same time diversifying its reach into higher-income banking markets?

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