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September 30, 2009

BSR, Cargill

Great conference coming up on CSR. Worth searching for Brazil info.

For example:

Mark Murphy
Vice President, Corporate Affairs • Cargill
Mark Murphy leads the Corporate Responsibility Area within Cargill's global Corporate Affairs Department. He oversees corporate responsibility, community relations, and corporate philanthropy globally for Cargill and serves as Executive Director of the Cargill Foundation. Murphy joined Cargill in 1996 as the Senior Program Officer for the Cargill Foundation, and from 1997 to 2000, he directed Cargill's U.S. community relations activities. Previously, Murphy spent 15 years in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Global Land-Use Policies: Development, Implementation, and Performance
Thursday, October 22, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
As the demands of our food and industrial systems place increasing stress on natural resources around the world, companies relying on these systems face pressure to find solutions to both the supply and demand sides of the challenges. This half-day session offers a structured forum to explore the various responses developed by global companies as they address the basic security of their future supply chains. BSR will bring together a group of companies in the food, agriculture, and natural resources sectors, as well as researchers and civil society representatives, to explore these challenges and begin to learn from each other how best to proceed. Specifically, the session will explore business drivers for establishing land-use policy, existing corporate land-use policy guidelines, and trade-offs of various approaches that can be used to identify and evaluate compliance with and performance against policy.

September 29, 2009

Ever Cat Fuels

Interesting MN biofuels startup that addresses many of the environmental problems with biofuels. Star Tribune article 9.29.09

Doug Cameron, a scientist and head of alternative-energy investments at Piper Jaffray also a good source

"The technology is rooted in a 2006 research project on a better way to make biodiesel by then-Augsburg College student Brian Krohn, now a Rhodes Scholar, and chemistry professor Arlin Gyberg. They turned to McNeff, also an Augsburg-trained chemist, and Ben Yan, chief scientist at McNeff-owned SarTec"

September 25, 2009

Cargill running in packs strategy

Industry wide response based on GreenPeace report and McDonalds decision. 7/25/09

Cargil, Amazon, Geenpeace Nature Conservancy

Great examples of web of relations between Cargill and NGOs over soybean and related infrastructure, businesses

Brazil ethanol industry

Good list of infrastructure and external partners

innovative presentation tool

One of my MGMT 6050 groups used prezi for their presentation. An interesting alternative to boring power points. Good examples on their website.

September 22, 2009

iPhone apps for entrepreneurs

Fast company article, could be of interest for students.

Startercards.com

September 21, 2009

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

September 10, 2009

Hara Hachi Bu

Why are 5,000 people in Albert Lea, MN wearing bracelets that say "Hara Hachi Bu"? It is part of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project. Also tied into Richard Leider, a"purpose coach".

Green Palm oil

Good case on how certification can sustain rain forests. NYT article Indonesia and SE Asia focused, but refernce made to soybeans and the Amazon. Interesting role of NGOs, GreenPeace in particular.

September 8, 2009

Breakthrough ideas

From Mitch Ditkoff website

Panasonic home 3D theater

Interesting case, tied to new Avatar movie coming out tin December. press release, article Running in packs strategy with Sony and Blue ray disc.

September 3, 2009

College students brands

This list could be useful to student market research.

September 1, 2009

How Disney choses to innovate

Through acquisition of Marvel and Pixar. Similar to Medtronic and UHG. This creates interesting challenges and opportunities for corporate employees. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-bigpicture1-2009sep01,0,2258308.story