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Materials and Moonshots: Should Dow Chemical’s sustainability strategy be molded after Google X?

By Ryan Fletcher Dow’s sustainability strategy is at a critical juncture; after the trendsetting success of its 1995-2005 and 2005-2015 sustainability goals, the company faces a difficult yet important decision. Should a structured approach around metrics, similar to what has been successfully implemented across the past 19 years, be continued, or could a more principles-based […]

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Why Tesla is best positioned to take EVs mainstream…

By Sana Why Tesla is best positioned to take EVs mainstream… In 2013, of the 1.23 million passenger cars and light trucks sold in the U.S., just 10,100 were electric vehicles (just under 1%). This may not seem very impressive, especially given that Tesla came out with its first EV, the Tesla Roadster in 2004, […]

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Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel

By James In the wake of the energy revolution in the United States, it would not seem irrational to assume that the abundance of natural gas recovered via hydraulic fracturing would lead to a host of new wide-spread applications, transportation not-withstanding. Indeed, while consumers and brands have for several years debated the worth and feasibility […]

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CSR and sustainability agendas: a big distraction?

By Flavia In the face of growing uncertainties at their core businesses, are corporations pursuing sustainability and CSR agendas seeking for comfort? My hypothesis is that for large companies such as Nestlé and Dow, to pursue these agendas might help drive the company, employees and other stakeholders towards something less threatening. While top executives might […]

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It can be difficult for fragmented industries to become sustainable in the short-run when profit-maximizing agents can build a competitive advantage and capture cost-conscious customers

By Anonymous For the last few sessions, we have been discussing the business case and social value of sustainability. I would however like to argue that that is not always the case. Sustainability initiatives, if run in isolation can hurt industries in the short run. My hypothesis is that sustainability efforts by an individual company […]

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Shared value and fiduciary duty: the harder tests are yet to come

By Anonymous Our recent cases on Nestle, Whole Foods, and Dow have danced around the idea of “doing well by doing good”. Whether you believe it’s social values or financial motives that drove these businesses to take the steps they did, the gains of their strategies are undeniable. We stopped short, however, of examining generalizable […]

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Are cleantech incubators the cure for the “valley of death”?

By Jim In a number of cases, including 1366 Technologies, we learned about the ominous phenomenon known as the “valley of death” in which firms that attempt to commercialize innovations in clean energy face multiple points in their lifecycle in which capital requirements necessitate either government intervention, extreme dilution of founders, or a handful of […]

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A real positive impact with KKR’s green fund

By Mabel Feng KKR’s Green Portfolio Program is a great example of how private equity can add real value. It has found a way to invest and promote sustainability and energy initiatives across firms. Moreover, it is shedding light on the opaque task of valuing energy awareness for a firm. I may be drinking the […]

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