To Outsource or to Keep In-House – That Is the Question: A Case Study of Nespresso and Keurig Coffee Pod Recycling Programs
9 Pages Posted: 2 May 2017
Date Written: March 31, 2017
We live in a “Green World,” a World where we increasingly prize a sustainable way of living, which encapsulates a variety of lifestyle choices. Although interest in the environment has existed for some time, a renewed interest and global attention came after the Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which kick-started global efforts to hold organizations accountable for the way they operate relating to the environment. All of this culminated with the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which aims at curbing down greenhouse gases emissions. Because of this, organizations have to be mindful of their environmental management activities, not only because it is mandated by laws and regulations, but also because it is good for our future, and in many cases it translates into good business. For organizations, one of the key practical implications has been to determine how to manage its environmental management systems; that is, either internally or outsourcing. Outsourcing, for many organizations, has become a key component of its business strategy, often bringing competitive advantage. However, this is not a simple binary decisions: to outsource or to keep in-house; there are many factors to consider before making this decision – a decision which will bear effects on the economic performance of the organization.
Keywords: Nespresso, Keurig, reycling, Nestle, Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, aluminum, coffee, sustainable, green, environment, UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, green world, outsourcing
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