Erb Institute

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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B-Schools React to Paris Agreement – Erb Institute Professors Hoffman and Arvai featured in Poets & Quants

Market experts have some good news for environmentalists: Markets transcend Trump.

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A great, and terrible, day for climate action – Erb Institute Faculty Director, Joe Arvai (Policy Options)

In a historic and surprising vote by a clear majority—more than 62%—of its shareholders, the global petrochemical giant ExxonMobil was pushed in the direction of being more transparent and more specific about the impacts of climate change on—and from—its oil and gas business. Last year, the same resolution garnered support from a measly 38% of the company’s shareholders.

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In Praise of ‘B’ Journals – An essay by Andy Hoffman

Academic publishing is becoming more about establishing a pecking order and less about pursuing knowledge, argues Andrew J. Hoffman.

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Creating a Sustainable World Through the Power of Business

The Erb Institute was founded 20 years ago as a dual-degree program in which graduate students receive their MBA from Ross and their MS from SNRE. Today, the 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. The institute is focused on teaching its students and learning from its partners about the latest tools and trends for sustainability to achieve measureable impact.

Erb has recently released Erb-branded toolboxes which provide actionable step-by-step processes for “doing” sustainability. The toolboxes are available at no charge and currently include topics such as Stakeholder Engagement, Human Rights Impact Assessment and Global Supply Chain. Contact Erb for more topics and details.


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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: Eric Ries and 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
Sustainability and Post-Merger Integration: The Dow Chemical Company’s 2009 Acquisition of Rohm & Haas
In 2009 Mark Weick, Director of Sustainability at The Dow Chemical Company, faced a difficult decision. Dow had spent three years working steadily toward meeting its 2015 sustainability goals, but…
Publication Date: 03/31/2017 Product ID: 1-430-512

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