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Cobalt, Lithium-ion Batteries and Social Sustainability

By Evan Leon, MBA/MS Candidate 2020 Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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Cobalt is key in emerging low-carbon technologies, specifically lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. It forms part of the cathode active material (for example, lithium cobalt oxide, LiCoO2) that receives positively charged lithium ions during the battery’s discharge (see image on upper-right). (Source: https://sites.psu.edu/hjoisrclbl )

How Driscoll’s Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains

By Rosie Sharp, MBA/MS Candidate 2020 Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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The buyer-supplier relationship is changing in more ways than you might imagine. Consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability: How are buyers and suppliers collectively adapting to changes in the market, as well as labor and environmental pressures?

Collaborating Toward the Good Life: A Conversation with Keurig Green Mountain’s Monique Oxender

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Erb Institute student, Lauren Baum sat down with Monique Oxender, CSO Keurig Green Mountain (and Erb Institute almuna) ahead of the Sustainable Brands Conference in Vancouver earlier this month to talk about collaboration, the circular economy and supply chain and what this means in terms of delivering the Good Life.

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Erb Institute student, Lauren Baum sat down with Monique Oxender, CSO Keurig Green Mountain (and Erb Institute almuna) ahead of the Sustainable Brands Conference in Vancouver earlier this month to talk about collaboration, the circular economy and supply chain and what this means in terms of delivering the Good Life.

Erb Featured Business Sustainability Case Study | Dell: Upcycling Ocean Plastics Through Supply Chain Innovation

By Daniel Partin, Luke Sawitsky, and Allison Ward. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman and Ravi Anupindi.
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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 partnering companies through a consortium.

A Peaceful War on CSR – Making CSR Work for the Poorest

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The Erb Institute participated in the India Centre for Responsible Business's fourth annual International Sustainability Standards Conference in Delhi. We were inspired by Sudhir K. Sinha, the Founder Director and Chief Coach at the Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility Inc (CSR Inc) in India and asked that he write an article on the state of CSR in India.

By Sudhir K. Sinha, Guest Contributor at Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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The Erb Institute participated in the India Centre for Responsible Business's fourth annual International Sustainability Standards Conference in Delhi. We were inspired by Sudhir K. Sinha, the Founder Director and Chief Coach at the Centre for Sustainability and Responsibility Inc (CSR Inc) in India and asked that he write an article on the state of CSR in India.

Dispatches from the Sustainable Brands Conference - Vancouver 2018, Days 2-3

Erb Institute faculty Sara Soderstrom takes center stage at Sustainable Brands 2018
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Purposeful partnerships
June 6, 2018

Dispatches from the Sustainable Brands Conference – Vancouver 2018

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Not able to make the Sustainable Brands conference in Vancouver this year? The Erb Institute is on the ground and sharing some of the highlights. Here is a dispatch from day one. Enjoy!

by Allison Burtka for the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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Not able to make the Sustainable Brands conference in Vancouver this year? The Erb Institute is on the ground and sharing some of the highlights. Here is a dispatch from day one. Enjoy!

A Right to Water – Is Water a Human Right or a Commodity?

By Allison Torres Burtka and Wren Montgomery, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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Is water a human right or a commodity? It’s treated like both.

As water scarcity becomes more pressing, both public and private entities have had to examine their stances on how water resources should be controlled. These issues frequently arise in the developing world, where water resources and sanitation often are inadequate—but are now arising increasingly in U.S. cities, when drinking water gets contaminated or residents can’t pay their water bills.

Activism: Help or Hindrance to Business?

Former Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability PostDoc, Jocelyn Leitzinger
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Activists and industry 
For many people, the combination of activists and industry brings to mind images of protestors chanting while marching with signs and banners in front of a company’s store, headquarters or production facility. For others, it suggests the maneuverings of shareholder activists—equity stakeholders using their investments to pressure a company’s management into some form of policy change.

What it might not evoke is visions of support, cooperation or collaboration.

Erb Institute and Ross School of Business Professor, Andy Hoffman Honored with 2017 Aspen Institute "Ideas Worth Teaching Award"

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Professor Andy Hoffman was honored today as a recipient of the 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards for his class on Sustainable Business in Iceland offered through Global Initiatives at the Ross School of Business.

Upon receiving the award Andy Hoffman commented,

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award, both for its own sake, and also for the impressive company of other award winners.

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