August 18, 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth

Report| McKinsey Global Institute

June 19, 2014

Innovation and sustainability in the value chain-

A project by FGV in Brazil. Many company examples

May 13, 2014

Japan Design,

Kenya Hara's view. His ideas also apply to China and Brazil.

December 23, 2013

36 hours in Sao Paulo

Helpful website with some interesting recommendations.

December 17, 2013

Minnesota announces new trade office in Brazil

Indagare Brazil travel guide

December 11, 2013

A single family plan to address poverty in Brazil

Associação Saúde Criança has an innovative approach in this NYT article.

December 9, 2013

Favela tourism in Rio

A Forbes article and a crowdfunding campaign.

November 26, 2013

Brazil and 'ecosystem services'

A 'running in packs' solution by multinationals to reducing their environmental footprint.

November 14, 2013

Brazil political view

Economist interview with Eduardo Campos, governor and probable presidential candidate in 2014. Nice overview of Brazil's issues today.

November 7, 2013

Great packaging by Natura

November 4, 2013

Social change

A deep, theoretical look at social change from Otto Scharmer's blog

October 24, 2013

Braskem named as Brazil's best firm in carbon management

October 22, 2013

Painting a favela in Rio

audacious Kickstarter campaign!

October 18, 2013

Luiz Ruffato speaks out about Brazil

Perspectives on the recent protests from an esteemed author, opening speech at Frankfurt Book Fair

October 17, 2013

In Brazil, PlayStation 4 Will Cost Over $1,800

sitawi, the first social enterprise fund in Brazil

From Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2012 possible speaker/ site visit?

September 20, 2013

Amazing Brazilian Portuguese resources

from Orlando Kelm, U of Tx

September 19, 2013

Brazil's new middle class

Good NPR story about their challenges

August 8, 2013

More on Solazyme's innovation


June 23, 2013

Solazyme's innovation journey

Great article from the NYT! Big pivot from biofuel to niche oils.

March 25, 2013

World city videos

CNN has a bunch of quirky city videos on this site, including ones on Shanghai, Beijing and Sao Paulo.

March 7, 2013

ecotourism ideas for Mata Atlantica, Brazil

I wish this was available near Sao Paulo.

November 20, 2012

A day in Sao Paulo

BBC video, Havaianas

Brazil- US agriculture relations

Why we pay $17M/month to help Brazilian farmers.

October 24, 2012

Green world cup, Brazil

a new LEED platinum studium

A slightly hysterical take on Sao Paulo

from the NYT, a kinda sorta true article. I think that it is nicer than portrayed.

October 19, 2012

Monkeys, the Olympics and SOS Mata Atlantica

How the Olympics are saving an endangered species.

October 18, 2012

How does Brazil introduce itself to the world?

Article and website for Embratur

October 17, 2012

Amyris innovation journey

as reported in Fast Company

renewable chemicals in Brazil

Higher margins than sugarcane ethanol, Amyris as partner.

Brazil's startup culture

From Fast Company

July 12, 2012

Rise of developing world cities

Nice report by McKinsey- check out the charts! 65% of econ growth now to 2025 from mid-sized cities.

June 3, 2012

sustainable Olympic tower design for Rio


March 13, 2012

C.E.S.A.R. Recife

A model for high tech development in NE Brazil

February 14, 2012

Making sense of Brazilian politics

Words of wisdom from Cardoso, the former president. Economist interview 1/19/12

Brazil market entry advice

New middle class going straight to smart phones and brands that embrace 'Brazilianess'

February 1, 2012

Visualizing innovation

Great graphics,survey from GE, global differences

January 30, 2012


Sao Paulo's class war, waged with graffiti.

January 24, 2012

Blue Honey Bio-Fuels

WI based org helps restaurants recycle cooking oil. Lots of partners. Interesting contrast to Brazil efforts.

December 11, 2011

"The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond."

Jim O'Neill at Goldman expounds on BRICS in NYT article.

December 6, 2011

Brazil challenges

Nicely summarized with lots of charts, from a Rio prof.

December 4, 2011

Natura one step closer to the US

November 1, 2011

Brazil ethanol trends

exports, cold weather and infrastructure constraints.

October 30, 2011

Foxconn and the Ipad enter Brazil

the infamous "Brazil cost". In Jundai, on the way to Campinas

October 26, 2011

TAM Airline and jatropha based jet fuel

Big network based innovation with biofuels in Brazil. 10/25/11 NYT article on the infrastructure issues.

Concerns about Brazil ethanol industry

from NYT: "In Brazil, the question of sustainable energy is often seen as a dichotomy between petroleum and biofuel. But more and more critics question whether ethanol truly is a sustainable energy source in the long term. Few dispute that in the very short term it is a better source of fuel than petroleum, but sugar production takes up land and potentially raises the cost of food, and its production is far from carbon-neutral." Are these real issues?

October 15, 2011

Future of Biofuels conference in Sao Paulo

October 11, 2011

award winning sustainable crafts in Brazil

SEBRAE Top 100 awards, including EVAMARIA in Sao Paulo.

September 21, 2011

Brazil 6th in clean energy investment

From Pew Charitable Trust report: "
Brazil is sixth among G-20 members for
investments in clean energy and second
only to China among emerging economies.
Brazil's total clean energy investment in
2010 was $7.6 billion, with 40 percent
invested in biofuels, 31 percent in wind,
and 28 percent in other renewable energy
sources. Brazil also places sixth among
the G-20 for five-year rate of investment
growth, which stands at 81 percent. Brazil
is also among the top 10 countries for
amount of GDP invested in clean energy.
With almost 14 GW, Brazil has the world's
seventh largest installed clean energy
capacity to complement its significant
biofuels capacity."

Brazilian green polypropylene

Braskem announces green polypropylene unit to be operational 2nd half 2013. Working with Fundação Espaço Eco, consulting from DOM Strategy Partners. Also the Akatu Institute. Currently making sugarcane plastic bottles for Natura, Odwala, P&G among others.

August 10, 2011

Natural Capital Project

Quantifying the value of ecosystems in NYT, website, U of MN contributing

July 11, 2011

Thunderbird's Brazil sustainability course

A student blog with good content from in winter term class.

June 23, 2011

Innovation blog with a Brazilian post

This blog had a post by a Brazilian consultant who could be an interesting contact about Brazil innovation.

June 14, 2011

Aoka- Brazilian ecotourism

Aoka has some interesting connections with Quilombo communities and NGOs.

June 13, 2011

new Brazil Without Misery program

An attempt to move 16M Brazilians out of poverty by 2014.

April 27, 2011

The Big Mac index

Why you want to buy your BIg Macs in China, instead of Brazil, according to the Economist

April 2, 2011

Brazil oil challenges

From Council on Foreign Relations

March 9, 2011

Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability

A great looking capstone class at Stanford on BOP innovation

February 22, 2011

organic cotton is complicated,

fortunately Brazilian organic cotton uses much less water.

February 11, 2011

Green Cane Project

Organic ethanol in Brazil made by Native, working with UN grant.

January 29, 2011

good Brazil numbers

Brazil's economy added 2.52 million jobs in 2010, the highest number since such statistics were first compiled in 1992, the Labor Ministry said. The previous high was in 2007, when employers added 1.61 million jobs. Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)/Agencia EFE(18 Jan.)

December 13, 2010

Brazil video

60 minutes gushes over Brazil's economy.

November 30, 2010

Brazil to the rescue with US biofuel mandates

November 16, 2010

Natura and sustainable sourcing in Brazil

Need access to CourseLib/ U of MN library.

Walmart Brazil and CEO Hector Nunez wins C.K. Prahalad Award

From 6/8/10, good video, including a complement from Greenpeace! An example of 'running in packs'.

November 12, 2010

It's Not About Ethanol, It's About Sugarcane

Can Brazil's success be replicated?

November 10, 2010

Cargill chocolate innovation

new sweetener only one to meet Euro labeling standards.

November 5, 2010

Why Brazil now?

Good explanation why a global law firm is opening an office in Brazil.

October 29, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Brazilian supermarket chain uses a tracking system to make sure beef doesn't come from rain forest cleared land. Greenpeace role as well.

Biofuels webs of relationships

Many shared bets on advanced bioenergy, with Cargill in the mix.

Brazil sugar crop concerns

According to FT: "Brazil, which accounts for more than half of world exports, may fall for the first time in years in 2011 as farmers are forced to renovate their ageing sugar cane plantations." Becoming more sustainable?

October 28, 2010

The future of biofuels

from the Economist 10 28 10

October 25, 2010

Shade grown, Brazilian cacao and Mars Inc.

Cabruca works with cooperative in Bahia. More info, partnership with Mars, more on Mars sustainable chocolate, new product

October 17, 2010

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

A large Brazilian supermarket chain with many sustainable activities

Equator Initiative

The UN awards prizes for sustainable ventures. Treetap uses latex from rubber coop to as a material for bags.

October 16, 2010

Brazil economis trends

according to the Carlyle Group "trends, including a rapidly expanding middle class (from 38% of the population in 2003 to 52% in 2009); more women participating in the Brazilian consumer market (women represent 65% of domestic consumption - 3rd largest market in the world after the U.S. and Japan); and an increase in purchasing power by more women participating in the workforce (from 31% to 45% in the past seven years) and higher average salary growth than men (42% vs. 25% CAGR in the past seven years)."

October 14, 2010

triple bottom line and Natura

Only up to 2005, but good background on Natura

October 13, 2010

Certified sustainable lumber in Brazil

Bio diesel plans in Brazil

Good article describing challenges of expanding Brazilian biodiesel.

October 12, 2010

Cargill Biofuel

10 of Cargill's Next-Gen Biofuel Bets

Amyris Brasil

Amyris industrial synthetic biology platform using Brasilian sugarcane operating a pilot plant in Campinas. 2nd generation ethanol. Working with Usina São Martinho, Al Santos, 1893 - São Paulo

Embrapa AgriEnergy

Embrapa AgriEnergy is the R&D arm of Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, focusing on biofuels. Good stats and charts.

2010 Brazil Biofuels report

Great history, facts and future directions of Brazil's biofuel industry. Grupo Sao Martinho, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dedini and Novozymes look interesting.

October 11, 2010

Fair trade coffee near Sao Paulo

Poco Fundo is a coffee cooperative 4.5 hrs from Sao Paulo, working w/ Caribou and Peace.

October 6, 2010

100% sustainable shoes?

Bio Way shoes, eco friendly, made in Life Way solar powered factory certified by Greenpeace
"The innovations are on the shoe leather (tanned with biodegradable astringent found in tree bark), the soles (made of latex extracted from rubber trees in Brazil and takes only five years to degrade in nature) in water-based glue, the shoelaces and the line (both organic cotton)."

No Brasil a linha Bio Way é comercializada nas lojas do Greenpeace localizadas na cidade de São Paulo: Pixolé Calçados e American Shoes. Em Curitiba na loja Holt Zutto. O site:

eco store in Brazil

Greenpeace has a store full of sustainable products. Sadly it is in Curitiba. One more reason to go there.

Ciao Mao

Sustainable and innovative Brazilian shoe co. Not much in English, but doing all the right stuff.

September 21, 2010

Brazilian and Chinese design firms

Interesting global networking model for design

April 6, 2010

ETH Brazil announcement

April 2, 2010

Caribou coffee fair trade Brazil

Poco Fundo coffee, possible site visit from Sao Paolo

March 4, 2010

Brazil and 2016 Olympics

Nice Wharton article. Lots of infrastructure issues.

Wharton view on sustainability

good report from 3 3 10

February 24, 2010

Brazil's beauty boom

Favelas and beauty products. Relevant for Natura case.

ecotourism, Guarapiranga Dam

South of Sao Paolo, boat trip

February 9, 2010

biodiesel setbacks in US

Good MinnPost article by Rolf Westgard, is a professional member of the Geological Society of America and teacher of energy subjects for the U of M College of Continuing Education

January 1, 2010

Rainforest Alliance project in Sao Paolo state

Rainforest Alliance certified sustainable coffee in Franca. with IMAFLORA

December 23, 2009

Atlantic Rainforest sustainability

Pro-Natura project

Latin American Herald Tribune

Source of news stories on Latin America, like this on about new wind farms in Brazil.

November 25, 2009

U of M forest biofuels research

A $2.7 MILLION GRANT FOR FOREST BIOMASS RESEARCH awarded by the federal agriculture and energy departments will fund a U-led multistate study of whether forest-based biofuels are viable and sustainable. The study, led by assistant professor Anthony D'Amato, will involve analyzing the potential ecological and economic costs and benefits of harvesting woody biomass from forestland in the lake states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. For more information, see forest research grant.

Could be good compare and contrast w/ Brazil

November 16, 2009

TechnoServe Brazil

Addressing infrastructure issues around poverty around the world and in Brazil. Bonnie Raquet from Cargill on board.

November 3, 2009

Counterpart's Analog Forestry system in Brazil

ResearcghPro-Natura, the Juruena Project and General Mills role. From Counterpart website

October 30, 2009

Brazil, sustainability and competitive advantage

2004 article from knowledge@Wharton, good quote from Sergio Braga, coordinator of the Center for Sustainability Studies (CES) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. and their energy dilemma

October 29, 2009

Impact of US biofuel policy on Brazil

"Though Gardner concentrated
his attention on the domestic economy, it is important to remember that
the opportunities and challenges of biofuels are global and policy in the U.S. has
ramifications well beyond its borders. U.S. blend mandates, for instance, have
been blamed for destruction of tropical forest in Brazil, where ethanol production
from sugar cane is sufficiently cheaper than U.S. corn-ethanol to overcome a
$0.54 import tariff."

Journal of Agricultural & Food
Industrial Organization
Volume 6 2008 Article 8
Special Issue In Memory of Bruce Gardner 1942-2008:
Contributions to Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
The Economics of Biofuel Policy and
Gal Hochman Steven E. Sexton†
David D. Zilberman‡

October 27, 2009

Energy for the base of the pyramid

Ashoka study with relevance to Brazil

October 1, 2009

Brazil Bioethanol presentation

UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil. Not too far from Sao Paolo. 2008 presentation to McDonald Fellows, 2nd International Symposium on Energy and Environment, Hong Kong 12 9 08 Luis Cortez

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

September 10, 2009

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.

August 31, 2009

Ranching, the Amazon, Greenpeace, Amazon Herb Co.

Interesting example of external relationship impact. Zamu drink.

Curitiba Brazil 2007

More recent blog info in Curitiba

August 21, 2009

Brazil forest incentives

A good NYT article on new incentives to maintain forests in Brazil.

August 18, 2009

green airlines

How to travel sustainably to Brazil? Delta may be the best option based on this study by Green America.

July 8, 2009

Cargill and The Nature Conservancy in Brazil

Sustainability, soybeans and the Amazon

Sabazon and EcoLogic

An article about Sabazon and non profit financing harvests. Good discussion of innovative changes in the infrastructure.

July 7, 2009

Brazil source

Brazzil website

March 30, 2009


Professor Gao Jian from Tsinghua was part of this conference on innovation and BRIC nations. There are slides accessible through registration. Could be interesting to explore this summer's conference. Much of the research is based on globelics. Many good concepts for MGMT 4050 Brazil

August 25, 2008

Curitiba Brazil

Great energy sustainability examples in Brazil:

Largest Water Solar Heater with PET Bottles Installed in Parana, Brazil