Third Place Winner; 2023 Energy Innovation in LMICs Global Case Writing Competition
Gigawatt Global Coöperatief U.A., a multinational renewable energy company focused on the development and management of utility-scale solar and wind fields in emerging markets, faces a striking dilemma: the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities may be limiting its efforts to bring clean energy to Africa.
Gigawatt Global’s strategy is to partner with diverse stakeholders—energy financial entities, governments, development groups, and other institutions—to structure renewable energy investments in emerging markets. As a mission-driven company, it invests significant resources into CSR efforts alongside each project it completes. The challenge for the company is determining the right amount of mission-fulfilling CSR efforts it should invest in, while also growing and thriving as a business in a market replete with uncertainties. Where is the right balance, where should the CSR line be drawn, and why?
The case presents conditions and potential decisions that the company’s chief operating officer was actually facing.