The Environmental (Un)Sustainability of the Base-of-The-Pyramid (BOP) Philosophy: A Governance Perspective

pp. 430-445, P. Kandachar and M. Halme, eds., SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS AT THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID: Business, Technology and the Poor, Greenleaf, 2008

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Frank Wijen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: February 15, 2008

Abstract

The Base-of-the-Pyramid (BOP) literature has mainly focused on the potential of BOP principles and practices to foster socio-economic development, thereby ignoring the environmental dimension. I focus on different governance options that have the potential to mediate the relation between economic development and environmental performance in the BOP context. I conclude that the impact of different market and non-market governance modes to channel BOP-driven economic activities towards environmentally sustainable outcomes is uneven and their effectiveness is, at best, partial.

Keywords: Base of the Pyramid, Bottom of the Pyramid, BOP, Economic Development, Environmental Governance, Markets, Government Regulation, Self-Regulation, Civic Action

Suggested Citation

Wijen, Frank, The Environmental (Un)Sustainability of the Base-of-The-Pyramid (BOP) Philosophy: A Governance Perspective (February 15, 2008). pp. 430-445, P. Kandachar and M. Halme, eds., SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS AT THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID: Business, Technology and the Poor, Greenleaf, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1916238

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