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Vectoring Winning Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability and the Art of Doing Less

Temperatures keep rising at an alarming pace. According to the UN weather agency, CO2 levels are at their highest in the last 650,000 years, and so are the average temperatures, with the world’s nine warmest years all having occurred since 2005. With the battle for sustainability heating up, banks such as ING and DBS are rolling out sustainability-linked loans and investors are increasingly factoring in sustainability performance in their investment decisions. As BlackRock, the globes biggest investment firm concludes: “There can be little downside to gradually incorporating climate factors into the investment process — and even potential upside”.
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IMD

IMD is an independent not-for-profit foundation with no financial support from government. The business school serves the international corporate community, helping develop and retain the best qualified management talent for global leadership.
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Bavaria Case Featured in Financial Times

On May 7th, Financial Times published a summary of the case “Bavaria and the Swinkels Familiy: Brewing a Sticky Brand” written by IMD professor of entrepreneurship and finance Benoit Leleux and Finch & Beak's managing partner Jan van der Kaaij.
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Tradition and Innovation at Torres

Torres is a wineproducer situated in the Spanish region of Penedès, Catalonia. The family business started in the 17th century. The strong link that has been developed between traditions and an innovative business characterises Torres. In April 2010, Finch & Beak together with IMD (Lausanne) published a case study about sustainability at Torres.
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Case: The Innovation Story of Bavaria

Mid Februari 2013, the case “Bavaria and the Swinkels Familiy: Brewing a Sticky Brand” won the prestigious 2012 EFMD Case Writing Competition in the category “Family Business”. The case was written by Benoit Leleux, professor at IMD Lausanne and Jan van der Kaaij, managing partner at Finch & Beak and highlights the key success factors of challenger beer brand Bavaria.
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Tradition and Innovation at Torres

Torres is a wine producer situated in the Spanish region of Penedès, Catalonia. The family business started in the 17th century. The strong link that has been developed between traditions and an innovative business characterises Torres. In April 2010, Finch & Beak together with IMD (Lausanne) published a case study about sustainability at Torres.

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How TNT put sustainability to work

The themes of philanthropy, sustainability and corporate social responsibility have penetrated most boardrooms. But how do you transfer social responsibility from the boardroom to the shop floor? And how can you communicate top management’s vision and intentions to the groups that matter: employees, people living in the surrounding area, consumers, shareholders and NGOs? Here you can read how TNT tackled the issue.
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Case: Gamba's meet MBAs

Finch & Beak wrote a case for IMD about Happy Shrimp: a tropical shrimp farm in the Rotterdam harbor. In November 2007, 40 MBAs were introduced to a course on stakeholder management and product innovation. The case illustrates how successful sustainable entrepreneurship can be, the experiences of a young enterprise in terms of fast growth, and the role that stakeholder management can play.
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Washing "the Emperor's New Clothes": the Case of Novozymes

Since its public listing in 2000, Danish company Novozymes has been extremely successful in delivering shareholder value from sustainable innovation. With a current 48% global market share in industrial enzymes and a price/earnings ratio of approximately 35, Novozymes shares have become one of the most expensive shares of its industry. Fundamental to its success is the company’s focused strategy of “Partnering for Impact”. What can we learn from their voyage?
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