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What Does It Really Mean When We Call Something Sustainable? - Andy Hoffman quoted in FASHION

The word sustainability is frequently used when describing the environmental movement; however, the ubiquity of the word has led to some concerns.

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Rising Insurance Costs May Convince Americans that Climate Change Risks are Real - Andy Hoffman in The Conversation

As the insurance sector adjusts to factor the growing risks of climate change in coverage and premiums, it will become a powerful lever for pushing society and the economy to become more resilient to the changes that climate change is expected to bring.

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What a Sustainable Business Looks Like - Erb Institute Professor Sara Soderstrom Comments on Brewery Vivant

Kris Spaulding and her husband, Jason, co-founded Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI. They operate the brewery with a triple bottom line approach in which they place equal emphasis on people, the planet, and profit.

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Business for Sustainability

The Erb Institute is a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. The institute’s mission is to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world through the power of business. The institute achieves this through research, teaching and business engagement - all focused on preparing and supporting bold business leaders who can adeptly transform companies, industries and entire economies for systemic sustainability.

The institute was founded 20 years ago as a dual-degree program in which graduate students receive their MBA from Ross and their MS from SEAS. Today, the Erb Institute has grown to include scholarly and applied research on business sustainability, as well as direct business engagement to turn ideas into action through on-the-ground projects with companies, social enterprises and nonprofits committed to business sustainability.

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Nike's Response to Human Rights Abuse Claims in China
In 2019, Nike and other brands were accused by the media, human rights advocates and organizations, and members of the U.S. government of potentially having supply chain ties to human…
Publication Date: 05/10/2021 Product ID: 5-843-548
Walmart’s Blockchain Quest: Integrating New Technology into a Complex Supply Chain
Blockchain is a digital, distributed, immutable ledger designed to build trust among parties without requiring an independent, third-party arbitrator or intermediary. The technology has potential to improve a variety of…
Publication Date: 05/07/2021 Product ID: 4-290-769
White Oak Pastures: A Radically Traditional Farm Redefines Growth
Industrial agriculture feeds the modern world but its practices, such as monocropping and use of chemicals, have caused significant damage to the environment and food supply. Regenerative agriculture, in contrast,…
Publication Date: 04/29/2021 Product ID: 9-453-550
Stripe: Encouraging Customers to Invest in Carbon Removal
Stripe, a San Francisco-based financial and software as a service (SaaS) company, is launching a platform to encourage its clients to invest in carbon removal technologies. The new platform, Stripe…
Publication Date: 04/15/2021 Product ID: 7-558-064
Imperfect Foods: Ugly Produce and an Attempt to Reduce Food Waste
Imperfect Foods is a grocery delivery company providing lower-cost items that may have aesthetic shortcomings and would typically be discarded. Despite its laudable anti-waste goals, Imperfect Foods has received significant…
Publication Date: 04/09/2021 Product ID: 4-067-580
Starbucks: Opposing a Local Tax to Address Homelessness while Promoting Social Justice
In 2018, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted 9-0 for a tax that would require companies whose annual revenue surpassed $20 million to pay the city $275 per employee per…
Publication Date: 03/31/2021 Product ID: 3-330-494
Brightline: Targeting a Successful Future with High-Speed Rail
High-speed rail (HSR) is a high-performance transportation technology that is time competitive with airplanes and automobiles, and is an environmentally preferable alternative due to its low carbon dioxide emissions. Brightline…
Publication Date: 10/20/2020 Product ID: 2-982-867
Building Transparency within the Sustainable Apparel Coalition: The Road to Successful Pre-Competitive Collaboration
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) was founded in 2010 to develop a common set of sustainability standards for the apparel, footwear, and home textile industries. The organization was an example…
Publication Date: 10/08/2020 Product ID: 8-059-399
The University of Michigan Endowment Fund: Divesting from Fossil Fuels
This case analyzes the University of Michigan (U-M) Endowment Fund’s capability and potential responsibility to divest from fossil fuels. Similar educational institutions, such as the University of California system, had…
Publication Date: 09/09/2020 Product ID: 1-764-030
Ring Inc. and Law Enforcement: The Cost of Keeping Neighborhoods Safe
This case examines the technology of Ring, Inc. and how the technology is used by customers and law enforcement agencies. While Ring and its partners report that its camera-equipped smart…
Publication Date: 07/27/2020 Product ID: 8-938-615

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