Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2013 (Revised May 2016)

Ilva Steel Taranto: Providing and Polluting (A)

by Lena G. Goldberg, Vincent Dessain, Ottavia Pesce and Karol Misztal


Nearly 27,000 people depended on Ilva Steel Taranto, the largest steel-making plant in Europe, for their livelihoods, but the plant's pollution fouled the environment and increased the incidence of tumors, respiratory illnesses and deaths. In July 2012, faced with a court-ordered partial shut-down and a possibly unaffordable remediation plan, the company's newly appointed head must decide what to do next.

Keywords: Safety; Pollution and Pollutants; Business Exit or Shutdown; Health; Decision Making; Steel Industry; Europe;


Goldberg, Lena G., Vincent Dessain, Ottavia Pesce, and Karol Misztal. "Ilva Steel Taranto: Providing and Polluting (A)." Harvard Business School Case 314-045, October 2013. (Revised May 2016.)