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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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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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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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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LaCroix and PFAS: Redefining the Role of Science and Regulation
This case investigates LaCroix sparkling water and its connection to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as a study of chemical compounds in carbonated beverages has captured the public’s attention. At…
Publication Date: 04/01/2022 Product ID: 7-806-041
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A Sweet Dilemma: Sourcing Palm Oil with Ferrero SpA and Nestlé
This case focuses on Ferrero SpA’s sustainable palm oil sourcing strategy in light of its acquisition of Nestlé’s U.S. confectionery brands, which in many ways does not comply with Ferrero’s…
Publication Date: 03/31/2022 Product ID: 7-951-326
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Interface: The Journey Toward Carbon Negative
Interface has been a leading innovator in the carpet industry, specializing in the manufacturing of carpet tiles for commercial flooring. This case describes the history, context, and technology behind the…
Publication Date: 03/23/2022 Product ID: 2-341-083
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