GMA Garnet’s circular economy: Jebsen & Jessen’s leadership in environmental sustainability

Marta Widz, Vanina Farber

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Family businesses are often at the forefront of sustainability efforts. In this chapter, we describe how an entrepreneurial spirit, values-based partnerships, enabling governance and purpose-driven leadership informed the sustainability agenda at the Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise. The company traces its roots to 1895 as one of the few non-British foreign Hongs - a cross-continental trader of supplies and chemicals. The purpose-driven leadership and determination of the Jebsen and Jessen families to build and sustain enduring partnerships and maintain their entrepreneurial drive, shifted their focus towards a green agenda, first at their Singapore operations and then in the 1990s to achieving a circular economy at their Australian garnet mining operations. GMA Garnet, a long-term business partner, was integrated into the Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise’s portfolio in a gradual process that lasted 25 years. The Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise was able to capitalize on its partnerships, entrepreneurial leadership skills and astute governance mechanisms to achieve social innovation that now serves as a role model, not only in its entire portfolio, but also globally in its industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPioneering family firms’ sustainable development strategies
Editors Pramodita Sharma, Sanjay Sharma
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78990-442-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78990-441-3
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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© Pramodita Sharma and Sanjay Sharma 2021.


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