Center for Sustainable Business (CSB)

A Better World Through Better Business

NYU Stern CSB prepares future and current leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools to embed social and environmental sustainability into core business strategy.

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Celebrating Five Years of CSB: Reflections from our Founding Donors

This Earth Month we are delighted to be celebrating CSB's five-year anniversary! It seems like yesterday that we embarked upon this endeavor, one that has been made successful by the generous support of many.

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Recordings from 2021 Fourth Annual Practice Forum Available Now

The Fourth Annual Practice Forum in March 2021 is sponsored by Glenmede, Investindustrial, and Qintess, and Media Sponsor Harvard Business Review (HBR). The Practice Forum is one of the only convenings on the topic that brings together the corporate sustainability and investor community to discuss how companies can better track and monetize their sustainability performance and allow the financial community to make better investment decisions. The recordings of the sessions are now available.

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ESG Investing Can Help Organizations with Financial Performance

Research in collaboration with Rockefeller Asset Management examines the relationship between ESG and financial performance in more than 1,000 research papers from 2015 to 2020. The research found a positive relationship between ESG and financial performance in 58% of the corporate studies focused on operational metrics or stock price.

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New Research in HBR Proves Corporate Boards are Lacking ESG Expertise

Many corporate boards are unprepared to tackle the climate crisis. A new study by CSB Director Tensie Whelan finds that less than one-third of Fortune 100 board members have relevant environmental, social, and governance (ESG) expertise to understand what's at stake.

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CSB Publishes in HBR on How to Talk to Your CFO About Sustainability

Tracking sustainability-related financial metrics can empower CFOs to better manage sustainability risks and opportunities, driving value through enhanced innovation, customer loyalty, supplier relations, media coverage, and stakeholder engagement. CSB's Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology can help companies examine the true financial costs and value that sustainability strategies generate.

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CSB and HSBC Bank USA Launch New Apparel Industry Sustainable Strategies Framework

In partnership with EILEEN FISHER, Reformation, and REI, this novel research assesses sustainability efforts across the value chain, identifying eight strategies that apparel companies are using to positively impact the bottom line and drive better outcomes for the environment and society.

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Innovation in Education

As part of the Business and Society Program, CSB provides unique opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and executive students 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.

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Insights and Research

CSB leverages our ROSI™ Methodology to reveal that embedding sustainability into core business strategy benefits all areas of corporate metrics, conducting research on topics including deforestation-free supply chains, marketing and consumer goods, and financing the UN SDGs.

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Influence and Engagement

CSB engages with a growing network of professionals, investors, alumni, media partners and academics who seek to redesign capitalism, sustaining both business and society for generations to come, through regular publications, multi-stakeholder convenings, and research collaborations.

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