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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. 

CSB Updates

US Boards Gain Expertise in Material ESG Matters

An analysis of environmental, social, and governance-related credentials for Fortune 100 board members from 2018 to 2023 shows significant improvement, and continued vulnerability in ESG expertise.

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Exec Summary: Unleashing Sustainable Value in Food & Agriculture

CSB and Deloitte release summary findings from a new research survey and study, “Unleashing Sustainable Value in Food and Agriculture,” which finds sustainability strategies generate financial benefits for nearly all surveyed food and agriculture companies.

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Responsible Private Equity Tools for GPs and LPs

NYU Stern CSB has developed interactive tools to help general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) better prioritize and embed sustainability strategies in order to unlock financial performance throughout the PE investment process. The downloadable tools, along with an asynchronous course, are available now.

Unlocking Enterprise Value through Embedded Sustainability

Seventh Annual Practice Forum

View the recordings of all sessions from our industry-leading event featuring the latest research and insights on sustainability in practice. Through a curated program of new research findings, panel discussions on the implementation of strategies, frank conversations with executives on how to tackle the challenges, and interactive sessions to apply learnings, participants walk away with practical tools and frameworks to unlock financial value through embedded sustainability.

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CSB Annual Report AY 2022-23

CSB Releases 2022-2023 Academic Year Annual Report

It is with great pride that we share the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business 2022-23 Academic Year Annual Report which includes progress updates and achievements across education, career development, research, and thought leadership.

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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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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

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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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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