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Course Modules are designed by top HBS faculty to outline strategies for teaching courses related to business and environment. Course Modules help instructors select and sequence material for use as part of a course. Each module represents the thinking of subject matter experts about the best materials to assign and how to organize them to facilitate learning.

In addition, the Baker Library Business and Environment Research Guide points to suggested resources available to the HBS community and is a great starting place for research on environmental issues for business.

Featured Cases

MAR 2014

China Vanke (A-1)

by Lynn S. Paine, John Macomber and Keith Chi-ho Wong

As China's largest homebuilder, China Vanke Co. Ltd. (Vanke) was facing an industry downturn sparked by strong government intervention. Faced with falling prices, Vanke's president must decide whether to keep the company's pricing and product positioning intact, and how aggressively to pursue its greener building strategy. Follow-up cases present additional decisions, including how, and how aggressively, to improve safety and quality (A-2), and whether to expand into other asset classes, such as commercial real estate.

JAN 2014

Patagonia (B)

by Forest Reinhardt, Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Lauren Barley

Patagonia produces high-quality environmentally friendly garments that command significant price premiums. In Spring 2010, Patagonia rolled out a new, radical environmental initiative called "Product Lifecycle Initiative" (PLI), which was committed to lengthening the lifecycle of each product and reducing landfill waste. This case provides an update on Patagonia's PLI as well as on other company environmental and social commitments.

SEP 2013

The U.S. Shale Revolution: Global Rebalancing?

by Laura Alfaro, Richard H.K. Vietor and Hilary White

Beginning less than a decade ago, the U.S. shale revolution began transforming the nation's energy outlook. Technological advances in horizontal drilling and "fracking" facilitated access to substantial new reserves of natural gas and light oil, imbedded in shale formations thousands of feet beneath the earth's surface. Because government policy directly controlled gas exports (as LNG), oil exports, and pipeline imports, public policy became the object of intense disputes among oil and gas producers, manufacturing and petrochemical interests, utilities, and environmentalists.

 

Featured Publications

JUL 2014

Sustainability in the Boardroom: Lessons from Nike's Playbook

by Lynn S. Paine

More and more companies recognize the importance of corporate responsibility to their long-term success—and yet the matter gets short shrift in most boardrooms, consistently ranking at the bottom of some two dozen possible priorities. Many years ago labor conditions in Asian contract factories prompted Nike board member Jill Ker Conway to lobby for a board-level corporate responsibility committee, which the company created in 2001. In the years since, the committee has steadily broadened its purview, now advising on a broad range of issues including innovation and acquisitions in addition to labor practices and resource sustainability.

APR 2014

Can an 'Ethical' Bank Support Guns and Fracking?

by Christopher Marquis and Juan Almandoz

A case study is presented on business ethics and bank management. The situation facing the president of a community bank established to operate as a green business and to consider ethical issues of bank loans when it is considering an application for a large commercial loan by a firearms industry company in its community is examined.

 

Recently Added

02 Sep 2014
Sustainability at IKEA Group
by V. Kasturi Rangan, Michael W. Toffel, Vincent Dessain and Jerome Lenhardt

 

20 Aug 2014
Chief Sustainability Officers: Who Are They and What Do They Do?
by Kathleen Miller and George Serafeim

 

23 May 2014
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
by Julie Battilana and Michael Norris