Center for Sustainable Business (CSB)

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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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CSB Hosts 2022 Practice Forum

CSB convened hundreds of corporate leaders, investors, and sustainability professionals at our fifth annual Practice Forum-- The Financial Case for Return on Sustainability Investment: Measure, Market and Monetize Sustainability. Sessions include expert analysis of the newest research and insights in corporate sustainability. Recordings are now live!

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CSB Releases 2020-2021 Academic Year Annual Report

CSB is thrilled to publish its 2020-2021 Academic Year Annual Report. Within the pages of this report you can find updates relating to education, career development for students, research, events, other programming, and more!

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Executive Certificate Programs in Sustainability: Registration Open Now

Stern's online, open enrollment courses prepare executives across industries to adeptly build companies that address demanding environmental and social challenges while delivering economic return.

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

Supported by Visa Foundation, CSB is launching a new program in Fall 2022 that aims to help a diverse group of values-driven MBA students build their financial expertise and networks, creating the foundation for gainful career opportunities in sustainable business.

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Invest NYC SDG Initiative Receives $2M from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation To Develop Long-Term Solutions to Food Insecurity

The $2M grant will allow the initiative to continue work on food and health in NYC, expand to upstate New York, and collaborate with state government, upstate academic institutions and community organizations, and private businesses. In partnership with the FIG (or Figueroa) Lab in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, CSB's Invest NYC SDG team will focus on ways in which private engagement and investment can provide long term, market-based solutions to food insecurity.

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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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Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) Methodology

Sustainability drives business and societal success, yet the challenge most businesses face is proving the monetary impact of their sustainability efforts as they seek to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) related issues. CSB has developed our ROSI methodology to bridge the gap between sustainability strategies and financial performance, helping to build a better business case for both current and planned sustainability initiatives.

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Sustainable Market Share Index™

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are responding to changing generational expectations, including for more sustainable product offerings, yet understanding of sustainable purchasing trends is limited. CSB partnered with IRI to assess the share and growth figures for sustainable products, the current demographic of the sustainable purchaser, and how sustainable products are faring during COVID-19. 

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Invest NYC SDG Initiative

New York City is the first city in the United States to align its ambitious sustainability goals with those of the world. Our purpose is to support NYC in its work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our goal is to identify the best private sector business and finance opportunities where there are significant interested key players, realistic business incentives, alignment with government policy, support from the community, and significant impact in meeting the SDGs. 

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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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