Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2012

Generation Investment Management

by Sandra J. Sucher and Matthew Preble

Abstract

Examines the investment process of Generation Investment Management, a "sustainable" investing firm established in 2004 by David Blood and U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Places students in the position of David Lowish, director of global industrials, who must decide whether to recommend an investment in ABB India. The decision pits economic development—supplying energy to impoverished rural areas in India, against environmental damage—caused by the use of coal-fired power plants.

Keywords: Developing Countries and Economies; Energy Generation; Investment; Environmental Sustainability; Pollution and Pollutants; Welfare or Wellbeing; Financial Services Industry; India; United Kingdom;

Citation:

Sucher, Sandra J., and Matthew Preble. "Generation Investment Management." Harvard Business School Case 613-002, July 2012.