Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2001 (Revised April 2001)

Sustainable Development & Socially Responsible Investing: ABB in 2000

by Forest L. Reinhardt


Several investment firms and mutual funds position themselves as providers or facilitators of opportunities for socially responsible investment. This case addresses the impact of these firms on publicly traded companies. Focuses on managers at ABB, a large multinational based in Switzerland that has tried to be a leader in integrating principles of sustainable development into its business strategies. ABB's managers now need to decide what sorts of relationships they would like to have with the firms in the socially responsible investment community and the extent to which they ought to take the preferences of these firms into account in tailoring their business strategies.

Keywords: Investment; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Environmental Sustainability; Social Enterprise; Corporate Governance; Business Strategy; Capital Markets; Management Teams; Business and Community Relations; Trade; Electronics Industry; Switzerland;


Reinhardt, Forest L. "Sustainable Development & Socially Responsible Investing: ABB in 2000." Harvard Business School Case 701-082, March 2001. (Revised April 2001.)