The Fowler Center is a leader in scholarship and research on business as an agent of world benefit. Discover some of the research initiatives and case studies the Fowler Center coordinates, find opportunities to learn more about sustainable value, or serve as an intern or fellow in the field of sustainability.
The World Inquiry into business as an agent of world benefit is a worldwide action-research initiative that uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to learn more about the role of business in society. The best of the uncovered innovations are profiled in the Innovation Bank.
Votorantim Cimentos is an innovative example of how partnerships forged to generate value for society can also generate advantages for the partners. Group Votorantim is one of the largest business groups in Brazil that combines a wide range of business activities. Realizing the perpetual dearth of skilled manpower in the cement industry, it has partnered with Rotary International, SENAI and Sinduscon to provide bricklaying education and certification for participants from disadvantaged areas. This has resulted in an increased availability of qualified professionals committed to using Votorantim products.
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Sanyo has been a pioneer in developing alternate energy technologies like solar cells and rechargeable batteries. The case describes the company's 'Think GAIA' vision, the objectives of the vision, and the actions of the company in its efforts to effect a turnaround.