Creating real-world change through applied research is core to the mandate of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. The Market Creation Strategies Initiative is the centre’s most recent applied project. The Initiative mobilizes research to help Latin American companies profitably serve low-income markets — otherwise known as Base of the Pyramid (BOP). The initiative seeks to re-position BOP strategies as part of core (profit and loss) operations.
Interdisciplinary, Multiple Partner Projects: Developing Innovative Solutions to Real World Problems
In early 2014, University of Michigan students partnered with the City of Ann Arbor and used university funding from the Dow Sustainability Distinguished Award Program to create a revolving loan fund to improve energy efficiency in the city.
The University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa (CCGA) helped develop an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matrix. To develop the matrix, CCGA assembled a team of corporate governance experts from organizations including the PIC, private industry, University of Stellenbosch and other universities.
High-impact research on social responsibility in mining companies is the strong suit of the Bench Marks Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University in South Africa.
India’s Centre for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CRRCSR), housed at the Xavier Institute of Management, teaches companies how to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The Innovation Network for Sustainable SMEs (INaMi) devises innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. The network, run by the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, facilitates collaboration between researchers, SMEs and topical experts.