Biodiversity is rarely addressed in corporate environmental governance. Yet, biodiversity in ecosystems represents the variety of all life on Earth that supports vital functions like pollination, water purification, nutrient cycling, and climate regulation. Since nature has a distant and indirect impact on corporations, we consider how and when corporate leaders attend to biodiversity. In this project, we consider how individual-level behavioral aspects of managers affect the way in which biodiversity is perceived and governed.
Trophy hunting—the hunting for pleasure—is a socially contested and morally disputed industry and the debate around it has become a ‘culture war.’ Central to the debate are emotions. Opponents and proponents of the industry experience and use collective emotions to challenge and defend the industry; but the use of emotions differs drastically between anti- and pro-trophy hunting stakeholders. The aim of this project is to understand how emotional processes can polarize sustainability debates, and what can be done to resolve such conflict.
Organizational leaders have to respond to multiple and potentially competing stakeholder demands as they navigate the constantly evolving nature of such demands in corporate sustainability. Yet, decision makers differ in how they interpret and respond to such paradoxical tensions in corporate sustainability. This project aims to understand decision makers’ choice of strategic behaviors in response to these tensions, as well as the impact of their choices on firms’ sustainability performance.
Acknowledging the Water-Energy Nexus: antecedents and consequences
Water and energy hold a complicated set of relationships in industries such as Oil & Gas, mining, and public infrastructure.
At the same time, organizations typically manage these two challenges as if they were separate.
In this project, I examine what makes some organizations more likely to acknowledge that water and energy are interrelated,
and what are the consequences of such acknowledgement for environmental performance.
Agricultural commodities like palm oil have complex supply chains and represent a major driver of deforestation in the tropics. Firms, investors, insurance companies, and organizational stakeholders increasingly demand more transparency in the governance of such supply chains. A lack of appropriate governance carries operational, reputational and regulatory risk for agri-commodity companies and their buyers. This project aims to identify where deforestation risk is introduced along the supply chain in order to intervene and mitigate deforestation risk.
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