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Frameworks for Dialogue and Research about Social Impact Investing

Author: Leonard, Herman B.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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This note suggests frameworks that help to clarify important dimensions of social impact investment projects, distinguishing and clarifying key differences in approaches to social impact investments undertaken by different organizations and funders.

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The Promise of Impact Investing

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Appleby, Sarah; Moon, Laura
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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This note provides an overview of the impact investing industry, a new and burgeoning field of investments seeking to create social and environmental benefits while also generating a financial return...

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Boardroom Battle Behind Bars: Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings -- A Corporate Governance Drama

Authors: Kirby, William C.; Manty, Tracy Yuen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Despite widespread news of the incarceration of Gome Electronics' CEO, Huang Guangyu, Bain Capital felt they carefully undertook due diligence before making a significant investment in the company. The venture capital firm was confident that it and the current management could work together to revamp the fortunes of China's leading electronic retailer. However, it did not anticipate the power Huang had behind bars…

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Arbor Days: Trumann Landscaping and ACCION USA

Authors: Fairchild, Gregory B.; Race, Natalie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Trumann Landscaping is environmentally sustainable, experienced, and interested in growth. Sarah Gomez at ACCION USA must evaluate their small business loan application...

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Alleged Accounting Fraud at Nortel Networks Corporation

Authors: Henderson, Darren; Sturby, Chris; Liu, Christine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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In January 2009, an investor was assessing his investment in Nortel. Considering his losses, the investor wondered whether there were any signs indicating that Nortel's accounting practices were problematic. He also wanted to understand the accounting issues raised in the SEC and OSC investigations, such as improper recognition of revenue and improper recording of provisions.

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Goldwind USA: Chinese Wind in the Americas

Authors: Abrami, Regina M.; Koch-Weser, Iacob
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Many Chinese firms have struggled in the United States. Renewable energy is a fledgling, high-risk market. Can Goldwind USA, a leading producer of wind turbines, overcome the odds?

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Against the Grain: Jim Teague in Tanzania

Author: Ramanna, Karthik
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Loan officer Jim Teague discovers his agro-processor client has a serious health-code violation just days before a disbursement is due. Proceeding with the loan could jeopardize the health of thousands of customers and put his employer at serious risk. But withholding the loan will likely deprive hundreds of farmers affiliated with the agro-processor their livelihoods in this poor rural corner of Tanzania…

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Nuru Energy

Authors: Santos, Felipe; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2012

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Nuru Energy is a social venture that was created in 2008 by an MBA graduate with five years experience in the development sector. The entrepreneur starts from nothing, bootstrapping a social venture with the ambitious goal of providing affordable and effective lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electric grid in sub-Saharan Africa and India. The case describes the challenges of growing social enterprises that have dual roles of profit and social impact. It focuses in particular on financing challenges and provides a context to discuss different financing sources and their implications.

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Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?

Authors: Raufflet, Emmanuel; Lavoie, Frédéric
Product Type: Cases
Source: HEC Montréal; CECI
Publication Year: 2012

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Marcelo Azevedo and the planning committee of Crediamigo, Brazil’s largest microfinance institution, need to figure out an entry strategy into Rio de Janeiro’s microfinance market. The challenge is to decide how best to enter this competitive market and how to partner with other organizations.

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Aviva Investors

Authors: Serafeim, George; Eccles, Robert G.; Armbrester, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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The case describes Aviva Investors' policies on materiality, engagement, and its corporate responsibility voting policy. It then explores how the company is implementing these policies in the case of a particular company, the FTSE 100 diversified mining company Vendanta.

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