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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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Kitson & Partners: Climate Change and the Future of Real Estate in Florida
Highlighting the successful implementation of a sustainable large-scale residential development that defied powerful Hurricane Ian, this case focuses on Sydney Kitson and his sustainable real estate development company — Kitson…
Publication Date: 10/30/2023 Product ID: 6-136-718
Patagonia: Challenging Consumerism through Refusal to Co-brand Apparel
Patagonia has long been a revered company in the world of outdoor gear, and environmental and social sustainability. Known for pushing the bounds of what it means to be a…
Publication Date: 06/22/2023 Product ID: 8-761-888
H&M, Rana Plaza and Beyond: Fast Fashion under the Microscope
This case is set in August 2021, eight years after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which remains the deadliest fashion-garment incident to date. The case’s central issue: What is…
Publication Date: 06/20/2023 Product ID: 9-423-570
IKEA's Sustainability Options: Circular Economy, Green Growth, or Degrowth
This case explores the debate over which sustainability philosophy should drive a corporation’s strategy: circular economy, green growth, or degrowth. The case uses IKEA and its enormously successful “fast furniture”…
Publication Date: 05/30/2023 Product ID: 4-495-470
Starbucks: Responding to Unionization Efforts
In a little over a year, more than 6,500 workers at over 250 corporate-owned Starbucks stores had voted to unionize with Workers United. The former CEO, Kevin Johnson, retired unexpectedly…
Publication Date: 05/15/2023 Product ID: 2-614-522
Tony’s Chocolonely: A Bittersweet Journey to Make Chocolate Slave-Free
Tony’s Chocolonely is a Dutch chocolate company that prides itself on using slave-free labor within its supply chain. However, after it was revealed that the company’s major supplier, Barry Callebaut,…
Publication Date: 04/18/2023 Product ID: 2-939-113
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

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