Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type



Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Max Boykoff

Second Advisor

Donna Sockell

Third Advisor

Dale Miller


Businesses toady are taking steps toward protecting their access to natural resources. Companies are seeing the benefit of incorporating social and environmental concerns into their corporate strategies. In this paper I explore different approaches firms in developing countries are taking to adjust to pressures imposed by environmental constraints. I highlight key factors that influence the outcome of a certain strategy, or interaction between parties within that strategy. The purpose of the paper is to help businesses better understand the relevant factors in the current global environment that may contribute to or impact their development and implementation of a sustainable operations strategy. Additionally I will provide recommendations that businesses can reference when approaching sustainability.