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Center for Sustainable Business (CSB)

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Empowering leaders to shape the new sustainable business paradigm.

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) was founded with the vision of a better world through better business. Through practical research, innovation in education, and corporate engagement, CSB aims to unleash the transformative potential of business to solve societal challenges at speed and scale. 

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New Research by CSB and Edelman Identifies Most Effective Sustainability Messages Across Consumer Audiences

CSB and Edelman released new, first-of-its-kind research, "Effective Sustainability Communications: A Best Practice Guide for Brands & Marketers," uncovering which environmental sustainability claims are most motivating to consumers. Results demonstrate that sustainability messages can have a powerful amplifier effect, increasing brand reach and relevance.

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New Whitepaper: The Road to Responsible Private Equity

A Responsible Investing Framework, Insights, and Cases Toward a Positive Pathway

An analysis of the Responsible Investing Frameworks key findings and real-world applications. The whitepaper walks through each category with examples of problematic and positive PE practice, providing insights into pathways that provide positive results for shareholders, portfolio companies, and society.

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Embedded Sustainability guide

New Publication: Practitioners' Guide to Embedding Sustainability

A brand new guide takes the reader through practical steps to embed sustainability into a company’s business strategy including mapping ESG materiality issues; conducting stakeholder research to develop a materiality matrix; making the business case for investment in sustainability initiatives; training existing employees and attracting talent; and optimizing governance structure in the short and long term to ensure successful outcomes. 

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ROSI Announces Food and Agriculture Sustainable Strategies Framework

Applying the unique Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) methodology developed by CSB, The Food and Agriculture Sustainability Strategies Framework identifies 12 sustainability strategies that can be applied across the value chain to address these challenges, develop more resilient organizations, and drive financial value.

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CSB Releases 2021-2022 Academic Year Annual Report

It is with great pride that we share the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business 2021-22 Annual Report which includes progress updates and achievements across education, career development, research, and thought leadership.

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CSB Expands EmpowHER Career Development Program for Women in Sustainable Finance, supported by Visa Foundation

Supported by a second grant from Visa Foundation, CSB is extending its EmpowHER program to a new, diverse cohort of values-driven MBA students to help build their financial expertise and networks, creating the foundation for gainful career opportunities in sustainable finance.

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PF 2023

Sixth Annual Practice Forum

To date, CSB’s Practice Forum stood out from similar events by focusing on the financial case for sustainability, demonstrating why it’s good for business. For our sixth annual event, we applied these learnings to how to realize these opportunities in performance and profit.

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Innovation in Education

As part of the Business and Society Program, CSB provides unique opportunities both in and out of the classroom to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create economic value in tandem with social and environmental value.

CSB offers:

-  Undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses

-  Executive certificates and bespoke corporate trainings

-  Experiential learning and career development opportunities

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Insights and Research

CSB's multi-disciplinary research team conducts original research to create practical industry frameworks revealing how embedding sustainability into core business strategy benefits all areas of corporate metrics. 

Current research includes:

-  Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)

-  Sustainable Market Share Index™ 

-  Private Equity Responsible Investing Framework 

-  Invest NYC SDG Initiative

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Influence and Engagement

CSB engages with a diverse network of professionals, investors, alumni, and academics who seek to redesign capitalism, sustaining both business and society for generations to come.

CSB delivers:

-  Multi-stakeholder convenings

-  Research collaborations

-  Regular publications

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