Best Case Award Winner 2020

“Patagonia: Closing the Loop on Packaging Pollution” by Sara Beckman, Kate O’Neill, Seren Pendleton-Knoll, William Rosenzweig, and Robert Strand won the 2020 Best Case Award.

This case describes pioneering outdoor company Patagonia’s search for solutions on packaging waste. As an apparel manufacturer that has also recently entered the consumer packaged goods industry, Patagonia has become attentive to the need to eradicate the large amount of plastic packaging waste found throughout its supply chain and retail operations. Single-use packaging waste has become a global crisis and Patagonia believes it is well-positioned to inspire change across industries.

Sustainable Case Compendium:

In collaboration with a team of Berkeley-Haas students, the Center for Responsible Business has curated a suite of business cases and articles that are primed to be readily integrated into core MBA curriculum. These sustainable cases encompass the broadest sense of the word to include social, environmental, and economic considerations. This list features cases and articles hosted on the Harvard Business Publishing site, published within the last 10 years that tackle pressing sustainability and responsibility challenges within the corporate space.

We encourage professors to examine how they can refresh and embed the below into their curriculum and/ or provide as supplemental readings on their syllabi. The CRB is eager to partner with Haas faculty to co-author cases that would be directly included into courses.

Case Compendium

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