Renewable energy

30 June 2011

 Sustainability is today one of the key words of our reality, our history teaches us that the natural environmental needs respect and protection. That’s where the renewable energy and the referred technologies come from. The principle is that we need to use what Mother Nature offer us without to waste the resources of the environment. This means that the human impact on the environment should be the less massive and invasive ever and in order to respect this goal, we have to study new ways to use the natural resource all around us. In this terms, the renewable energy is meant as a form of energy that comes from natural resources that are replenished on a human timescale.... »

oikos Newsletter June 2011

04 June 2011 | Newsletters

Discover in our June edition how people just like you make a difference asstudents, academics or as alumni and find out how to get involved! Apply for the oikos International Economics Academy  Check out the 2011 Case Writing Competition winners Be a Student Reporter at the World Resources Forum  For regular updates, follow our oikos Facebook page Read more... »

Organic Farming – Solution To The Foods Needs Of The Planet

13 April 2011

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that uses crop rotation, compost, green manure, or the biological control of pest. Natural fertilizers and pesticides are also part of the products used by organic farmers around the world; no synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, organisms that have been genetically altered or nanomaterials can be used. According to a recent report provided by the United Nations, organic farming at a small scale is the unique solution to the food needs of the world. The report presented during the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development recommends organic agriculture as a means of successfully meeting these needs, and avoiding “environmental catastrophe” and “food shortage”. The Need For Regenerative Production Systems A fast and... »

oikos Case Quarterly: Agriculture and Rural Businesses | Spring 2011

05 April 2011 | Case Quarterly, Cases

Issue 2 (Spring 2011) is focused on the topic of Agriculture and Rural Businesses and it features two cases: ALTIS: A Microfinance Startup in Nepal (by Jacen Greene, Sustainable Harvest, and R. Scott Marshall, Portland State University) and Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusiness (by Benjamin Warr and Anne-Marie Carrick-Cagna, INSEAD). Both cases are finalists in the 2010 oikos Case Writing Competition (Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Sustainability tracks).... »

oikos Case Quarterly, Issue 1 | Winter 2011

05 February 2011 | Case Quarterly, Cases

For this first issue, we asked Prof. Kate Kearins (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) to share her experience in teaching the Phoenix Organic case which won the 3rd prize in the 2005 oikos Global southfayettenursing Case Writing Competition.... »

Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (Volume 2)

01 January 2011 | Books | Entrepreneurship

In 2011 oikos and Greenleaf Publishing launched the second volume of oikos winning cases – Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. This book expands the flexwindow.com collection with award-winning cases in the rapidly growing field of social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Order the book!... »

Annual Report 2010

22 July 2010 | Annual Reports

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Noir/Illuminati II (A & B): Defining Socially Responsible Affordable Luxury Clothing

30 June 2010 | Cases | Management, Supply Chain

Case Abstract Peter Ingwersen founded the companies in February 2005. The two entities were like Siamese twins; Noir designed and produced luxury clothing for women, while Illuminati II was set up to produce high quality, fair-trade, organic cotton fabrics of the highest quality both for Noir and other leading fashion brands. Together, they provided the basis for a totally new concept in fashion. Over the years, Peter had attended many fashion shows all over world and had become both aware and very concerned by the total lack of “social substance” of many of the major fashion companies. Was fashion just the ultimate personalisation of some of the worst aspects of human behaviour? Part A: Defining Socially Responsible Affordable... »

WaterHealth International: Providing Safe Drinking Water to the Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers

30 June 2010 | Cases | Development, Resources

Case Abstract This case study is about Irvine, California-based WaterHealth International Inc. (WHI), a social purpose for-profit venture in the safe water sector, focused on serving the traditionally underserved ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ (BoP) segment. The company’s aim was to ensure increasing returns for the company and its investors while achieving a social impact. Developing countries face a water crisis with more than 2 billion people lacking access to potable water and often having to rely on contaminated water resources. This has led to children suffering from diminutive growth due to water-borne diseases. In addition to deaths and economic loss, women and girls, on whom the burden of obtaining water falls, have to trek long distances and spend... »

So You Want to be a Social Entrepreneur: Starting Out, Scaling Up, Staying Committed

30 June 2010 | Cases | Development, Resources

Case Abstract The global water crisis is a silent crisis. It does not attract the same level of attention as airline accidents or plummeting economic statistics, yet its toll is far more staggering: more than 3 billion illnesses and 2 million deaths result from drinking contaminated water each year. These casualties take place almost exclusively in the developing world and the rural poor bear the brunt of the burden. Hippo Water International (HWI) is U.S.-based nonprofit organization that aims to improve access to water by implementing sustainable solutions to the global water crisis. HWI’s flagship product is the Water Roller, an innovative water transportation tool that carries water inside its “wheel,” transforming 200 pounds (90 kg) of water... »