Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility

Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility

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Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility

 Boulder, United States 

Leeds School of Business
University of Colorado Boulder


The mission of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility is to develop socially conscious, values-driven business leaders by preparing students to meet the ethical, social and environmental challenges of today’s business world. As part of the central mission at the Leeds School of Business, CESR creates pedagogies that are national models and plays a leadership role in operationalizing the Leeds School’s commitment to developing leaders of conscience. 

Main Activities

CESR works to provide meaningful trainings to students in social responsibility, business ethics, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. This is done through collaborations on core curriculum, certificates, partnerships with like-minded organizations from across campus and around the world, unique professional development projects, conferences and case competitions. 

CESR connects the CU Boulder campus with the international community around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through our leadership in UN PRME, a body devoted to excellence and responsibility in business education. CESR offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a certificate in Social Responsibility and Ethics where they put their business skills into practice with organizations making a positive impact, and distinguish themselves in the job market. CESR offers Executive Education courses in Corporate Social Responsibility and leadership development in the natural food industry. CESR supports student groups, including the MBA Net Impact Gold Chapter, CU’s internationally known Net Impact Case Competition, and an undergraduate club called CESR Fellows

Organizational Structure

CESR employs an Executive Director, Director of Operations, Director of Curriculum, four staff, and ten faculty members. CESR funding comes from both the University and a donor base. CESR has an External Advisory Board.


Mark E. Meaney, Ph.D.
Executive Director