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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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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
“The Status Quo Is Unacceptable”: Walmart and the Debate on Gun Control
This case focuses on the rising trend of CEO activism, especially as it relates to business extending its impact on democracy. The case centers on the contentious political issues of…
Publication Date: 07/06/2020 Product ID: 8-768-562
Apple and the FBI: User Privacy and Law Enforcement Cooperation
In the wake of a mass killing in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, the FBI requested that Apple unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters. Thus began…
Publication Date: 06/22/2020 Product ID: 2-190-513
The Challenges of Siting a New Headquarters: Amazon Courts New York City
In 2017, Amazon began its search for a second headquarters location. From 20 finalists, after a bidding process that lasted nearly a year, Amazon selected two locations: Long Island City…
Publication Date: 06/12/2020 Product ID: 9-380-526
Turning the Tide: DuPont, Sustainable Seaweed and Pre-Competitive Collaboration
This case describes DuPont’s sustainable seaweed program, in partnership with the New England Aquarium, and discusses the changing market landscape for seaweed: an undervalued ingredient widely used in much of…
Publication Date: 06/11/2020 Product ID: 4-095-267

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