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Andrew Hoffman

Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School for Environment and Sustainability

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Professor Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over a dozen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001) and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation. Andy serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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BlackRock's ESG Investment Dilemma: Managing Stakeholder Differences
In 2018, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wrote a surprising letter to CEOs across the country stating “to prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also…
Publication Date: 03/09/2023 Product ID: 7-238-314
Zingerman's Delicatessen: Sustainable Packaging Initiatives at a Local Michigan Business
Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, began operations as a corner delicatessen selling sandwiches. It grew to become a community of ten businesses, establishing itself as a local favorite and a…
Publication Date: 02/22/2023 Product ID: 9-219-026
Mandalay Homes: Building Sustainable Innovation in Residential Construction
Mandalay Homes, a home builder based in northern Arizona, is a market leader in energy efficiency based construction. The company is now at a crossroads for developing a strategy for…
Publication Date: 07/07/2022 Product ID: 2-070-379
AT&T and Corporate Political Donations after the Capitol Insurrection
A year of political turmoil, capped by the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, presented new challenges to many corporations, including AT&T. The telecommunications giant’s…
Publication Date: 05/25/2022 Product ID: 9-334-409
Squarespace and Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville: The Responsibility of Private Companies to Respond
This case follows the decision-making of Connie Ovalspot, fictional head of human resources at Squarespace. Ovalspot is being called on to advise the CEO and board members on how to…
Publication Date: 05/02/2022 Product ID: 8-968-451
Tesla's Battery Supply Chain: A Growing Concern
In October 2021, the fictional vice president of supply chain sustainability at Tesla is working on finding the best way to achieve Tesla’s goal of 100% recycling for the batteries…
Publication Date: 04/22/2022 Product ID: 9-884-554
Polarizing Government Work: McKinsey & Co. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
When Donald Trump announced his run for president in 2015, he placed immigration front and center in his campaign. He promised to drastically expand U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),…
Publication Date: 04/21/2022 Product ID: 3-951-926
“Kraken” Down on Emissions: The World’s First Net-Zero Arena
This case explores the economic, cultural, and environmental implications of the creation of the Kraken, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) newest expansion team in Seattle, Washington. It follows the responsibilities…
Publication Date: 04/20/2022 Product ID: 3-416-331
Can Salesforce Compete in the Carbon Accounting Market?
This case describes Salesforce’s development of Sustainability Cloud, a suite of software tools built to help companies measure, track, and report carbon emissions and other sustainability metrics. The goal of…
Publication Date: 04/13/2022 Product ID: 6-796-727
Loop: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic through Reusable Packaging and the Circular Economy
This case describes TerraCycle’s history as an innovative recycling platform and focuses on the business model of its newest endeavor, Loop. After significant growth of TerraCycle and successfully orchestrating recycling…
Publication Date: 04/07/2022 Product ID: 2-601-145

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