Recognizing CSR as a Core Business Practice

I have long argued that corporate social responsibility (CSR) needs to be a fully integrated strategy throughout a company in order to have a significant effect on how the company does business. I have also written often about social enterprise/entrepreneurship where one builds a for-profit company that focuses on solving social problems as well as

Top Schools with Green MBA Programs Practice What They Teach

The Sustainable Endowments Institute released its fifth College Sustainability Report Card that examines the sustainability practices of colleges and universities with the 300 largest endowments in the United States and Canada, reported today.  With the recent proliferation of green and sustainable MBAs in the United States, I often wonder if universities practice what they

Can We Fix Capitalism?

“The more business has begun to embrace corporate responsibility, the more it has been blamed for society’s failure. The legitimacy of business has fallen to levels not seen in recent history. This diminished trust in business leads political leaders to set policies that undermine competitiveness and sap economic growth. Business is caught in a vicious

Net Impact Publishes Business As UnUsual 2010 Report

Hot off the presses comes Net Impact’s rather comprehensive report on business schools focusing on “sustainability” programs. “Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.” The organization is active on campuses and

Can Grilled Cheese Save the World?

Probably not, but it sure is delicious. All joking aside, college campuses have always been rife with awareness/activism, however the recent trends seems to be direct involvement in projects rather than simple awareness campaigns. Young people are becoming more interested social and environmental issues particularly in far-away places thanks to social media and online images/videos

AASHE Releases Annual Review of Sustainability in Higher Education

A new report produced by AASHE – the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education – shows an explosion of activity around sustainability on campuses across the US and Canada. AASHE Digest 2006 offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability efforts from the past year. The report includes over 600 stories about higher

Dominican University Gains Green MBA Program

A program with roots at Dominican is being added to the University’s graduate business offerings. Starting this fall, Dominican will offer an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise. Dominican has acquired the trademarked Green MBA program currently offered at New College of California. The Green MBA was among the first of its kind and remains one of

College Sustainability Report Card

The Sustainable Endowments Institute released its College Sustainability Report Card, which grades 100 leading colleges by looking at campus greening practices and endowment policies. The Cambridge-based research institute announced that the report’s grade of "A-", the highest cumulative sustainability grade, was received by Harvard University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Williams College. In addition, 26

Presidio School of Management Ranks Among Top Bay Area MBA Programs

As prestigious B-schools everywhere update their MBA curriculum to respond to today’s educational focus on socially and environmentally responsible business practices, one Bay Area college has been quietly gaining momentum for its innovative MBA program. Since 2003, San Francisco-based Presidio School of Management has offered an MBA in Sustainable Management that integrates environmental, ethical and

Beyond Grey Pinstripes

Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and ranking of business schools, spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research. These programs and pioneering faculty are preparing students for the reality of tomorrow’s markets, equipping them with an understanding

Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA Program Ranked #1 in Net Impact’s Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs

Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA in Sustainable Business program was ranked #1 in Net Impact’s Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs. Net Impact is an international organization of more than 10,000 business leaders, experts, entrepreneurs and students committed to using business to make a positive impact on our world. Students at each of 89 business schools,

Business as UNusual

Net Impact, a nonprofit organization with graduate business students and professional members dedicated to creating a better world through business has just released Business as UNusual: The 2006 Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs. The guide, available for download at, is the first of its kind to focus specifically on student perspectives

Erb Institute

The Erb Institute MBA/MS Program at the University of Michigan is a graduate level masters program focused on Global Sustainable Enterprise.  Students in the three-year program earn two degrees — a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business (Ross) and a Master of Science (MS) from the School of

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