Creating Shared Value

 
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Empowering Smallholder Farmers within the Value Chain

What do the Rana Plaza clothing factory disaster and the Chinese food safety scandal that, according to Reuters, caused a 4.2 percent share price decrease for Yum Brands have on common? They are two of the many examples of the costs and risks that companies can incur when a sustainable and integrated supply chain management is not in place. On the other hand, responsible management comes with many benefits, including greater access to capital and new markets, reducing the cost of material input, energy and transportation, and spurring innovation in order to meet evolving customer and business partner requirements. The business case is clear.
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Finch & Beak

Finch & Beak is a consulting agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. In 1997, we launched our business as a boutique consultancy that worked on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. During this 20 year period, we have serviced over 100 corporate clients throughout Europe, trained more than 5000 executives and worked with top level business schools from around the globe.
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McDonald's Ambitious Targets for 2020

Although McDonald’s is not typically perceived as one of the frontrunners in sustainability, it has built up a sound track record recognized by leading benchmarks such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Great Place to Work, and Fortune. Over the past few years, the company has been working on a global sustainability framework and collaborated with stakeholders to define goals for the year 2020. Where is the company on its sustainability journey and how is McDonald’s collaborating with locally operating companies?
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Accelerating Employee Engagement at Eneco

Not so long ago, utility companies were public agencies that offered predictable products and services, and had little to no competitors. They did not need to have an open, social and innovative character, and entrepreneurial skills were not that important. During the 1990's this slowly began to change. Moreover, new technological opportunities and contemporary developments led to further acceleration. So how faces Eneco, a >€5 billion turnover Dutch energy company, this changing context?
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Is Creating Shared Value Gender-Sensitive?

The unique lingerie brand Naja produces lingerie with a purpose and is a great example of putting the Creating Shared Value concept into practice. With their initiative ‘Underwear for Hope’ the company empowers women in South America through education and employment. By offering training and job opportunities for women in the poorest regions of Colombia, Naja gives women chances to develop their skills and receive a regular income.
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Shared Value: The Potential for Sustainable Success

“Value2: Entrepreneurship for society: profit for sustainable welfare" is the title of the new book by Sabine Denis, General Manager of Business and Society Belgium. The book describes in detail the concept of shared value and the link between economic activity and sustainable welfare in society, based on no less than thirty in-depth interviews about sustainability with the captains of industry. On February 17th Sabine Denis presented her new work in Brussels, Belgium.
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Sustainable Protein Production in Dairy: Less Farting, More Fat

As projected by the World Resources Institute, the world will need to produce 70% more calories by 2050, to feed its global population of 9.6 billion people. A major part of these calories will consist of animal protein: meat, milk and eggs. While alternative solutions will also make contributions to filling the food gap (reducing food waste, shifting diets), it is clear that the production of animal protein will have to increase dramatically in order to meet growing demand.
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INSEAD

INSEAD is one of the world's leading and largest business schools and has campuses in Singapore, Fontainebleau, and Abu Dhabi. INSEAD's MBA was ranked number 1 by the Financial Times in 2016.
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Building Future-Proof Business Through Sustainability

The idea of business model innovation is an appealing concept that is assembling passionate business leaders. Leading academics focused on the topic, like Porter and Prahalad, discussed the qualities of disruption and, its value creating opportunities by shifting business models. However many C-suite managers are hesitant to change their current model, since change seems a synonym for risk. But is that still the case in a context of shifting powers, needs and challenges? Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW Group presented an opposing view when asked why BMW started the risky e-car project: "Because doing nothing was even a bigger risk," he claimed.
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Value2 book presentation in Brussels

Value for Business & Society is shared value

In Value², Sabine Denis (Change Executive Officer at Business & Society Belgium) describes the concept of shared value in detail and makes the link between economic activity and sustainable well being in society.
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