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Are the Keys to Supply Chain Transformation Closer Than They Appear?

By Madeleine Carnemark, MBA/MS Candidate 2020
Article

For sustainability initiatives in food retail, do the largest hurdles lie in the supply chain, or within the walls of corporate headquarters? As sustainability becomes a bigger priority for food producers and retailers, more and more companies are forming sustainability teams to push toward a new food economy through supply chain transformation.

ICYMI! Spring 2019 – Shedding Light on Gender and Navigating Academia

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We are excited to share the latest edition of ICYMI! A Magazine for Business Sustainability Professionals. In each edition of ICYMI!, we share the latest research, teaching and engagement from the Erb Institute. Our cover story for this edition is by Erb faculty member, Sara Soderstrom. She shares how she’s working to bring awareness to gender issues in academia.

The Five Ws of Supply Chains: Who, What, Where, When and Why Corporations Should Care

By Benjamin Goldstein – Erb Postdoctoral Fellow
Blog

Not a month goes by without a media campaign linking the supply chain of a well-known brand with unsavory labor practices or environmental mismanagement. Such exposés can devalue brands and reduce well-meaning corporate sustainability initiatives to hypocrisy. Beyond financial and reputational risks, a corporation that doesn’t know its supply chain can be caught flat-footed when the regions it sources from are rocked by political and environmental upheaval.

The Future of Business Sustainability — Extending Inclusiveness to People With Disabilities

By Kelsey Pace
Blog

People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group, at an estimated one in six people globally, but their needs often are overlooked. Businesses and other organizations that aim to be more inclusive might opt to create an environment where these people’s needs are understood. However, it is often difficult to recognize the best way to make changes.

Conversations with Consequence: Metrics and Sustainability at Innovation Forum Detroit

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The Erb Institute engaged with several speakers and participants around key questions that relate to business, academia and sustainability, during a partner event with Innovation Forum in Detroit. We asked two sustainability leaders one question:

Which metrics matter most when it comes to measuring sustainability?

Andy Hoffman: Honored for His Work on Book “Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate”

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Andy Hoffman is a 2019 recipient of the RRBM award for his work on “Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate“. The book seeks to understand why people are rejecting the science on climate change and what the science says about how to overcome that schism.

WeWork: Oil Money and the Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality

Article

The Erb-branded case study program was established by Professor Andy Hoffman as a way to engage students in addressing timely and topical sustainability issues through various lenses. Case studies help improve flexibility in considering alternatives and allow students to compare their decisions with actual outcomes.

Here we share a newly developed case on WeWork, a company that is rethinking office space as community. Here is brief summary:

What Does Society Look Like in the Future of the Anthropocene? A Q&A With Andy Hoffman

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We have entered a new geologic epoch, called the Anthropocene, that recognizes people’s effect on the Earth’s ecosystems—harming them in ways that are likely irreversible. So what will Anthropocene society look like in the future?

Simple Interventions Can Help to Inhibit the Spread of Fake Climate Change News on Facebook

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Research by Lauren Lutzke, U-M SEAS Master’s Student; Caitlin Drummond, Erb Institute Postdoc; Joe Arvai, Erb Institute Faculty Director

Article by Lauren Lutzke, M.S. Candidate in Behavior, Education, and Communication at the University of Michigan 

“Fake News” has become a hot topic covered by a variety of legitimate reporters and news outlets. But, despite the widespread coverage, we have not yet learned how to prevent the average internet user from spreading false information online.

The Five Ws of Supply Chains: Who, What, Where, When and Why Corporations Should Care

By Benjamin Goldstein – Erb Postdoctoral Fellow
Blog

Not a month goes by without a media campaign linking the supply chain of a well-known brand with unsavory labor practices or environmental mismanagement. Such exposés can devalue brands and reduce well-meaning corporate sustainability initiatives to hypocrisy. Beyond financial and reputational risks, a corporation that doesn’t know its supply chain can be caught flat-footed when the regions it sources from are rocked by political and environmental upheaval.

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