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Sustainability and Shared Value in the Interwar Swedish Copper Industry
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.
2016 (English)In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 90, no 2, 197-225 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study of the Swedish-based mining company Boliden examines the proactive strategies it adopted to deal with the potential for severe environmental problems associated with the establishment of its large copper smelter in the 1920s. The article demonstrates how international networks, personal experience, and knowledge transfer from the U.S. copper industry help to explain the importance given to environmental issues by the Swedish industrialists. It is suggested that the main explanation for the proactive stance of the Swedish managers is that they perceived excessive pollution as working against creating a profitable and sustainable business. This case provides compelling evidence that firms pursuing an agenda focused on earning profits can still deliver environmental innovation and value to the local community, compatible with the concept of creating shared value.

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2016. Vol. 90, no 2, 197-225 p.
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Economic History
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124553DOI: 10.1017/S0007680516000374OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-124553DiVA: diva2:952912
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, P2014-0044:1
Available from: 2016-08-16 Created: 2016-08-16 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved

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