Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand

Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand

ISBN-10:
030010233X
ISBN-13:
9780300102338
Pub. Date:
03/23/2004
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand

Large and wealthy global companies too often fail to acknowledge environmental responsibility or workers’ rights. This book tells the dramatic story of one company—Chiquita Brands International—that decided to change the negative paradigm. Formerly the notorious United Fruit Company, a paternalistic organization that gave the name “Banana Republic” to tropical countries in Central America, Chiquita defied all expectations in the mid-1990s by forming an innovative pact with the Rainforest Alliance that transformed not only the corporation itself but also an important segment of the banana industry.

Gary Taylor and Patricia Scharlin reveal the inside story of how corporate executives, banana workers, local leaders, and conservation advocates learned to work together and trust one another. Over the objections of skeptical critics, Chiquita and the Rainforest Alliance established a Better Banana “seal of approval” to certify genuine efforts to improve soil and water quality, ensure rainforest conservation, and enhance worker health and safety. This chronicle of their collaboration, told objectively and with extensive documentation, presents a promising new model of cooperative behavior—a model that shows how multinational companies can become motivated to solve critical global problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300102338
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/23/2004
Series: Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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