CSB Research


Through our research, CSB demonstrates how sustainability strategies can improve business management and performance while addressing societal challenges.

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) develops and disseminates original research, targeted at improving uptake and performance of sustainable practices in key industries and addressing the key roadblocks to embedded sustainability. Our thematic research areas include:
  • Tracking the financial case for sustainability
  • Shifting from short-term, shareholder value creation to long-term, stakeholder value
  • Engaging consumers around sustainability
  • Sustainability-driven innovation and business opportunities

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Calculating the Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)

CSB leverages our Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) Methodology to reveal that embedding sustainability into core business strategy benefits all areas of corporate metrics.

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Other CSB Research Initiatives

CSB conducts original research projects including: the Sustainable Market Share Index™, the Quality Jobs and Worker Wellbeing Initiative, the Invest NYC SDG Initiative, and ESG and the Earnings Call project.

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Publications & Resources

CSB has published dozens of publications, white papers, and case studies on the business case for sustainability. Our publications are available for reference by students, faculty, and professionals alike.

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Faculty and PhD Research Grants

Through our Research Grant Program launched in 2018, CSB has supported projects by Stern faculty and PhD students on a broad variety of topics related to sustainability and business.

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Research Opportunities for Students

Each year, CSB hosts dozens of undergraduate and graduate students who contribute to research projects on topics including sustainable apparel, responsible forestry management, consumer goods marketing, and more.

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ROSI™ Research Database

CSB presents a large selection of corporate and academic research on the direct relationship between sustainability initiatives and financial performance, which provides further support for our ROSI™ methodology.

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