Well-Caffeinated Ross MBA Students Take First in Global Sustainability Challenge

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UPDATE - 6/19/2014:

The Guardian has released a video chronicling how the Ross team went on to win the challenge. Check it out here.

UPDATE - 6/16/2014:

Michigan Ross students have won the 2014 Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge, defeating finalists from Yale School of Management and Rollins School of Business, along with 59 other competing teams from 19 different countries!


Ross students like challenges like they like their coffee: focused on sustainability and shared value creation.

And when four Ross MBAs head to Switzerland to compete in the final round of the Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge June 13, they’ll get their fill of each.

Ross is one of just three teams, out of an initial 59 participating global business schools, to advance to the finals of the challenge, in which Nespresso asked teams to develop creative solutions to issues surrounding their supply chain of high-quality coffee.

Specifically, the teams are being asked to develop innovative ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the company’s coffee production in Latin America in an effort to reduce the effects such emissions have on global climate change.

The Ross team, made up of Yodit Beyene, Marcelo Proano, Kaitlyn Brown, and Luis Ordonez, will be joined in the finals by teams from Yale School of Management and Crummer Graduate School of Management at Rollins College. They will compete in the final round June 13 at Nespresso headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Teams will present their ideas and recommendations to the company and then take questions from a panel of judges.

The winning team will join Nespresso on a week-long trip to one of the company’s strategic sourcing countries to visit coffee farms and see how their suggestions could be put into place with the realities on the ground.

You can learn more about the challenge on the Nespresso website.

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