Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)

This sustainability centre is part of NBS's Sustainability Centres Community, representing business schools from around the world. Find out more

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Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)

Charlottesville/Los Angeles, United States 
UVA Darden School of Business/UCLA Anderson School of Management
University of Virginia/University of California-Los Angeles


ARCS, formed in 2009, is a consortium of universities, and serves as a professional society of scholars, advancing rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability issues. ARCS provides data, tools, and networking opportunities to researchers who are developing a greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of policies and strategies to foster sustainable business. Faculty members, doctoral students, and researchers from any university or academically-oriented institutes and think-tanks are welcome to become ARCS individual members. ARCS’ institutional members include Colorado-Boulder, Cornell*, Dartmouth*, Duke*, Erasmus, Georgia Tech, Harvard*, Indiana*, INSEAD, Michigan*, MIT, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Stockholm School of Economics, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Virginia*, Western* and Yale*.

* Founding Schools

Main Activities

  1. Annual Research Conference: As part of ARCS' mission to foster first-rate research and build the community of scholars in the domain of corporate sustainability strategy and management, we hold an annual research conference. The Conference includes paper presentations from a variety of disciplines, as well as Research Roundtables to provide authors feedback on work in process.
  2. The ARCS Forum: To bridge the communities of practitioners, researchers, and educators focused on corporate sustainability, the ARCS Forum sparks useful discussions for sharing and comparing science-based findings and practical experience.
  3. Ph.D. Sustainability Academy: The PhD Sustainability Academy, co-sponsored with Western’s Ivey School of Business, immerses promising scholars in a multi-disciplinary dialogue with leading sustainability faculty.
  4. ARCS Dataverse: The ARCS Dataverse is a freely-available repository of datasets related to corporate sustainability, provided by researchers from around the world, and supported by Harvard Business School’s Business and Environment Initiative.

Organizational Structure


ARCS membership is open to both individuals and institutions. Individuals may include, but are not limited to, academic researchers with doctoral training. Institutional membership is available to universities and non‐profit organizations that have research as their primary activity, and which advance ARCS’ scholarly mission.


Each ARCS Institutional Member nominates one faculty representative to serve on the ARCS Board of Directors. An Executive Committee is elected from the Board of Directors, and provides guidance and support to ARCS in advancing its mission. Ad‐hoc Committees are formed as needed. Membership on Committees includes members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, but is not limited to those groups. Current Committees include: Conferences, Research, Nominations, Doctoral, Communications and Outreach. ARCS staff include the President and Managing Director, who are responsible for leadership and general operations on all activities.


ARCS funding sources include membership fees from individual scholars and institutions, as well as event revenue. Funding is also pursued from individual donors, foundations, government entities, business firms, and other grant giving entities.


Erika Herz
Managing Director