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A partnership between the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ross School of Business, the Erb Institute is committed to creating a socially and environmentally sustainable society through the power of business.

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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. Through research, teaching and business engagement, the Erb Institute is 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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Dell: Upcycling Ocean Plastics Through Supply Chain Innovation
This case focuses on Dell’s efforts to develop an open-source, scalable, and cost-effective supply chain capable of delivering ocean plastics waste to its production facilities, and potentially to those of…
Publication Date: 06/18/2018 Product ID: 7-949-121
Travelers Insurance: Focusing on Climate Change and Natural Catastrophe Risk (Simplified Chinese)
The dilemma Evan Blue faces stems from a report by sustainability advocacy group Ceres that calls on companies to take climate change into consideration in their risk models and develop…
Publication Date: 02/05/2018 Product ID: 5-176-151
How Do We Get There? EDF Manages a New Diversity Plan
Emily Reyna, the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Director of Diversity, has been in the newly formed position for under a year and has been tasked with implementing the organization’s Diversity…
Publication Date: 04/25/2017 Product ID: 1-430-503
Ending the Woes of Short-Termism: The Long-Term Stock Exchange
Eric Ries, one of the most prominent entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, is launching the Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), a new stock exchange for companies and investors that want to focus…
Publication Date: 04/21/2017 Product ID: 1-430-504
Climate Change and the Napa Valley Wine Industry
Jon-Mark Chappellet, Director of Operations at Clos Du Val Winery in Napa Valley, is developing a 50-year plan. The effects of climate change are forcing Chappellet and other Napa Valley…
Publication Date: 04/25/2017 Product ID: 1-430-510
The Challenges of Transparency: Communicating the Pebble Mine Project to the Public
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd holds the rights to the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The mine is the largest copper, gold, and molybdenum deposit in the world. However, the…
Publication Date: 04/20/2017 Product ID: 1-430-511
Cracking the Egg Industry: Hampton Creek Tries a Vegan Take on Classic Mayo
In 2013, Hampton Creek entered the mayonnaise marketplace with the world’s first plant-based, vegan mayonnaise “Just Mayo”.  The creation of an egg-free version of mayonnaise had the potential to upset…
Publication Date: 04/18/2017 Product ID: 1-430-509
Cargill: The Risky Business of Integrating Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
The complex and fragmented agribusiness sector has been resistant to legislation surrounding greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change regulations. Cargill, one of the largest agribusiness companies and the largest…
Publication Date: 04/18/2017 Product ID: 1-430-506
Breaking Ground: Method and the Brownfield vs. Greenfield Debate
Method’s environmentally friendly cleaning products were rapidly gaining market share, both domestically and overseas. Due to its 2012 acquisition by Belgian cleaning brand Ecover, Method now had access to Ecover’s…
Publication Date: 04/12/2017 Product ID: 1-430-508
Seventh Generation and Unilever: Would an Acquisition Affect Sustainability?
Seventh Generation, a sustainable cleaning and personal care products company, has received a purchase offer from Unilever. Seventh Generation’s CEO is deciding whether to accept the offer and, if so,…
Publication Date: 04/10/2017 Product ID: 1-430-507

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