Doing Business the Sustainable Way

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Case Code : BSTR180 Electronic Format: Rs. 300;
Courier (within India):Rs. 25 Extra
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Corporate Social Responsibility | Sustainability
Case Length : 8 Pages
Period : 2000-04
Organization : Climate Neutral Network, Nature Works LLC, Weyerhaeuser Company
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Miscellaneous


Doing Business the Sustainable Way, explains the sustainable business practices of three organizations. Climate Cool: Helping Business Become Carbon Neutral deals with the 'Climate Cool' certification offered by Climate Neutral Network. The caselet explains how companies are trying to be certified as 'Climate Cool', so as to derive a competitive advantage.

Natureworks Cares for Nature deals with how a company called NatureWorks LLC has come out with a polymer made from renewable resources. With a product range which can compete with the quality and pricing of the conventional polymers, the company has found that an increasing number of people have started opting for NatureWorks products. NatureWorks has also come out with innovative ways of letting the public know about their products. Weyerhaeuser: Greening Its Business Practices explains how Weyerhaeuser has reduced the negative impact of its logging activities on the environment. Weyerhaeuser has further taken on the role of an organization focusing on sustainability, rather than merely minimizing damage.

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Companies need to move forward from using energy efficient mechanisms to having a zero negative impact on the environment

Emergence of mechanisms to certify a business organization as carbon neutral

Corporate Social Responsibility as a competitive advantage

Increasing preference among consumers to buy products which are eco-friendly

Technology can be a key enabler of change in promoting sustainability

Role of the regulatory environment in promoting green products

Companies are moving from the stage where they were focused on reducing pollution to a stage where they are promoting sustainability

Prevention of pollution at source is preferable for reducing pollution as compared to end-of-the-pipe remedies

Companies are attempting to progressively reduce their effluents and generation of waste


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Natureworks Cares For Nature 3
Weyerhaeuser: Greening Its Business Practices 6


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