CSVC/BSE Case Competition

The joint endeavor between the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) and the Business, Society, and the Economy College (BSE) Park Scholars is aimed at creating a case competition event to benefit BSE students in…

  1. Providing early exposure to case competitions, their composition/design, the necessary research/preparations to be done, etc.
  2. Provide BSE freshmen, early on in their college experience, the necessary foundation to begin thinking about corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and other similar topics through their exploration of the subjects highlighted in this case competition.

There will be three rooms (to represent three different industries) and, within each room, four groups (to represent four different companies) – for a total of twelve teams.

Please note: The industries/companies below are merely suggestions. If there are other industries/companies that better reflect the BSE curriculum, the necessary changes can be made to showcase that.

  • Industry One: Technology
    Facebook, Netflix, Apple, Google
  • Industry Two: Energy
    Shell, BP, Exelon, Duke Energy
  • Industry Three: Fashion
    Nike, Kering, Adidas, LVMH

Within the industries, each team will be assigned to a company. The students will conduct research on:

  • Company practices:
    • Responsible business practices
    • Priorities established in their annual reports
  • Industry evaluations:
    • Overall industry ratings on different issues
    • Present a SWOT analysis of your specific industry
  • Recommendations:
    • To improve internal practices,
    • To benefit people and the planet,
    • With little impact on shareholders

This research will be conducted in a framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria.

There will effectively be three separate case competitions simultaneously occurring; one in each room. The winner within each room will NOT be decided upon based on what team was assigned a company that, by a pure stroke of luck, already implements socially responsible initiatives. Rather, the judges will be asked to consider.

  • Presentation skills
  • Depth of research
  • Clarity and feasibility of recommendations

The winners from each room (industry) will, the following week, present in a final round where their first-year classmates will vote for the first, second, and third-place teams.

In both rounds of the competition, teams will have 10 minutes to present, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of why (or why not) social impact is a core competency of their business.
  2. Showcase clear evidence of research into both the industry that the business is within, as well as possible allies and/or competitors.
  3. Display and examine evidence of how the company actively incorporates social responsibility and impact into their product/service.
  4. Provide deep and thorough analysis of steps that the company has previously done (if any) to address social responsibility in their industry.
  5. Research and showcase at least three actionable next steps for industry members to take.
  6. Display creativity, professionalism and, ease of understanding in both the design of the slides as well as the actual presentation itself.
  7. Exhibit each member of the team has equally contributed to the project and presentation.
August 31 Confirmation of all the judges
October 20 Case competition introduction, featuring Nima Farschi’s lesson on CSR, ESG, SDG, etc.
First-year teams are matched with a second-year “mentor”
November 3 No class session
First years to meet with second years for presentation advice & feedback
November 4 Deadline for a proposal/idea.
November 10 Virtual case competition – first round
November 17 Case competition – final round
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