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Exploring Best Practices for Human Rights Issues – An Erb Institute/WEC roundtable

By Allison Torres Burtka

The field of sustainability began with environmental issues, which brought about standards and regulations that companies must follow. But human rights issues don’t yet have the same kind of established standards. “It’s still a relatively new dialogue and language for the business community,” said Theresa Loar, an independent consultant who focuses on human rights in business. “While there are excellent UN guiding principles, it’s not the same thing as your government setting certain requirements and standards.

Former Advisory Member of the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Authors Book "Sustainability - A Guide for Boards and C-Suites"


Sustainability - A Guide for Boards and C-Suites is a succinct business-focused summary of how business leaders should think about the risks and opportunities associated with sustainability. The book includes the author’s insights not only from the approximately 60 board of directors meetings he has participated in, but also from the experiences of over 50 companies that have used the Corporate Sustainability Scorecard over the past 20 years.

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Faculty Member, Andy Hoffman Quoted in on Mars Billion Dollar Investment in Sustainability


In the US, and throughout the globe for that matter, the private sector is increasingly being looked to as a source of leadership for combating climate change. And many companies are stepping up, especially with the lack of leadership coming from Washington.

Consider the family-owned company Mars, the world’s largest candy maker — it produces iconic brands like Snickers, Skittles and M&M’s.

Scarcity Is The Mother Of Innovation: Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

The Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability, advancing sustainability through partnership with the Centre for Responsible Business (India)

On 15th November, during the India and Sustainability Standards 2017 conference organized by Centre for Responsible Business, there was a high-level panel discussion on ‘towards strategies for the commons – pro-sustainability innovations in business models and strategies’, which was convened by Terry Nelidov, Managing Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan.

Public Pecerptions of Solar Radiation Management with Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Faculty Director Joe Arvai


Current efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change might not succeed in time to avoid dangerous consequences. One option to fight climate change—often discussed within scientific circles, but still relatively unknown among the general public—is solar radiation management (SRM), a type of geoengineering that reflects some short-wave radiation (such as ultraviolet radiation or sunlight) into space. SRM is an artificial extension of natural processes, like cloud layers and ice caps, which similarly reflect some of the sun’s heat back into space.

VIDEO: Andy Hoffman, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability on Profit, Regs, and Rep: Why Companies Reduce Their Footprint

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Professor Andy Hoffman faculty at the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Sustainability in Business, shares his research on "Profit, Regs, and Rep: Why Companies Reduce Their Footprint." This research is especially relevant today in the midst of COP23 where U.S. businesses are operating in the absence of federal regulation mandating compliance in carbon reductions. So, why are businesses reducing their carbon footprint? The business case!

Andy Hoffman, Faculty Member at the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability, Co-Authors Report on Hybrid Organizations and Corporate Sustainability

Do hybrid organizations structures allow for improved corporate sustainability?

There has been increasing discussion of the need to "reconceptualize firms and their objectives and to create business models that actively address ecological and social issues while remaining economically viable (Harding, 2004; Thompson & Doherty, 2006). These models have been termed blended value (Miller, Dawans, & Alter, 2009) or shared value and seek to create “economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges” (Porter & Kramer, 2011: 4)"

A Business Sustainability Framework for Understanding Water Stewardship through Shared Value


While many companies are already engaging with climate change and an array of other environmental issues, water is quickly emerging as an impactful driver of both business risk and opportunity in the 21st century. Water is a critical input for many supply chains, providing energy and both direct and indirect materials for production as well as giving life to essential natural resources beyond the company gates.

Navigating Troubled Waters: A Primer for Managers on Water Challenges and Opportunities


Dr. Montgomery currently holds a Visiting Research Scholar position at the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability.  She is also cross-appointed at the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER). Her research focuses on emerging pressures on water resources and institutions, specifically tensions over public versus private management of municipal water services and the impact of the UN’s recognition of a human right to water.


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