Luk Van Wassenhove

Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Email luk.van-wassenhove@insead.edu
Corporations are increasingly held responsible for the products they source and the sustainability of their supply chains. It was to meet this need that EcoVadis, a sustainability rating agency, was founded in 2007 by Pierre-François Thaler (INSEAD MBA, 1999) and Frédéric Trinel to bridge the information gap between corporate buyers and their suppliers.

Published 20 Jan 2020

Reference 6535

Topic Responsibility

Region Global

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In the aftermath of the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami in 2018, lives are at stake, infrastructure is damaged, coordination is limited and information is scarce. It is in this environment that humanitarian organizations have to operate in order to assist affected people in disaster-struck areas.

Published 25 Mar 2019

Reference 6479

Topic Operations

Industry Logistics and Supply Chain Non-Profit Organization Management

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This case focuses on the contribution of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an American trade organization based on an industry-wide collaboration and a multi-stakeholder approach, to the fashion industry. The Higg Index is a self-assessment tool that aims to measure and reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel supply chains.

Published 19 Dec 2018

Reference 6437

Topic Responsibility

Industry Textiles Apparel and Fashion

Region Global

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Agility is often mentioned but seldom defined or clearly illustrated. This case discusses UNICEF’s response to the sudden disruption of its aid supply chain to Yemen after the bombing started in 2015. It illustrates how a forwarding hub was quickly established in Djibouti and dhow vessels were used to reach small Yemeni ports from there.

Published 15 Dec 2017

Reference 6315

Topic Operations

Industry Facilities Services Hospital & Health Care Logistics and Supply Chain

Region Middle-East

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Agility is often mentioned but seldom defined or clearly illustrated. This case discusses UNICEF’s response to the sudden disruption of its aid supply chain to Yemen after the bombing started in 2015. It illustrates how a forwarding hub was quickly established in Djibouti and dhow vessels were used to reach small Yemeni ports from there.

Published 15 Dec 2017

Reference 6315

Topic Operations

Industry Facilities Services Hospital & Health Care Logistics and Supply Chain

Region Middle-East

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Decentralized supply chains - with a greater number of hubs and depot locations – are designed to be more responsive to disasters around the globe by getting primary relief items such as food, water and medicines to beneficiaries quickly. This case explores the centralized vs. decentralized tradeoff for the secondary support supply chain of an international humanitarian organization (IHO).

Published 30 Jan 2017

Reference 6266

Topic Operations

Industry Logistics and Supply Chain

Region Global

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The Nation Media Group began with the campaign for Kenyan independence, and struggled to survive through decades of dictatorship. Beginning in the 1990s the Group sought to grow by launching new editorial products. Challenges of editorial standards, recruitment and objectives, and finding and serving audiences, repeatedly emerged.

Published 27 Jul 2015

Reference 6150

Topic Strategy

Industry Printing Publishing

Region Africa

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The Nation Media Group began with the campaign for Kenyan independence, and struggled to survive through decades of dictatorship. Beginning in the 1990s the Group sought to grow by launching new editorial products. Challenges of editorial standards, recruitment and objectives, and finding and serving audiences, repeatedly emerged.

Published 27 Jul 2015

Reference 6150

Topic Strategy

Industry Printing Publishing

Region Africa

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Cycleon moved from a non-asset company centered around IT solutions for consumer returns to a reverse logistics service provider that facilitates the take-back and processing (repair and refurbishment) of different types of returns. This case describes the strategic decisions taken by the CEO during the transformation and expansion of Cycleon in the past 10 years.

Published 24 Apr 2015

Reference 6121

Topic Strategy

Industry Logistics and Supply Chain E-Commerce

Region Europe

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This case explores the events leading to the creating of a multi-stakeholder platform, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The promotion of palm oil as an alternative to fossil fuels has increased demand, hence the “palm oil dilemma”: to produce oil more sustainably or save the forests?

Published 25 Aug 2014

Reference 5904

Topic Responsibility

Region Global

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Agility is often mentioned but seldom defined or clearly illustrated. This case discusses UNICEF’s response to the sudden disruption of its aid supply chain to Yemen after the bombing started in 2015. It illustrates how a forwarding hub was quickly established in Djibouti and dhow vessels were used to reach small Yemeni ports from there.

Published 15 Dec 2017

Reference 6315

Topic Operations

Industry Facilities Services Hospital & Health Care Logistics and Supply Chain

Region Middle-East

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Case A describes how a couple who lost a child create a social venture - the Max Foundation - by applying sound business principles to maximize the impact per-euro-spent. Case B discusses the growth challenges facing the organisation today.

Published 31 Aug 2011

Reference 5788

Topic Responsibility

Industry Education Management

Region Asia

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The Fleet Safety project was developed in response to the needs of the members of the Fleet Forum, an informal collaborating body and independent knowledge centre for fleet management in the humanitarian sector.

Published 27 Mar 2009

Reference 5589

Topic Operations

Region Global

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The case narrates the internal processes of choosing and implementing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. It illustrates the process of choosing a cause, selecting partners, creating a working plan, and finally getting the company's executive board's commitment.

Published 06 Jan 2004

Reference 5187

Topic Responsibility

Industry Logistics and Supply Chain Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Region Global

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Supply Chain Management