Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

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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Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

Ithaca, United States 

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University 


Mission: To cultivate managers and business leaders who seek competitive advantage through sustainable global strategies.

Vision: A world-class academic institution which produces and disseminates relevant knowledge for managers seeking innovative, profitable business opportunities which address global sustainability challenges and help transform the impacts of private enterprise on the world.

The Center is focused on the revenue generating activities associated with addressing global social and environmental issues through innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes market and enterprise creation, technology commercialization, and financing mechanisms that ultimately address social and environmental challenges through new products, services, and business models.

Main Activites 

The Center conducts collaborative applied research with corporate, academic, and multilateral partners focused on rigorous application of management science to generate profitable, competitive business opportunities which address the world’s social and environmental challenges. Partners and funders have included more than 70 firms that range from the Global 50 to the pre-commercialization start-up from a variety of industries; foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and development organizations like the World Bank.

The Center develops curriculum for graduate students and executives that provide hands-on, field based learning opportunities. Programs include the award winning SGE immersion program; the Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellows program; the Cornell Green Revolving Fund; and Big Red MicroEnterprise.

Organizational Structure

The Center staffing includes a director, associate director, extension associates, and a program coordinator. The Center director is responsible for setting the mission, vision, and strategy of the center as well as the curriculum, research and teaching agendas, developing internal and external partnerships, and advising student clubs, independent studies and projects; the associate director is responsible for marketing and communications, student career management and career coaching, and acts as both an internal and external liaison; extension associates are responsible for developing and implementing new projects and initiatives that further the organization’s applied research agenda; and the program coordinator is responsible for logistics of Center programs and activities, and coordinates daily administrative, organizational and operational activities.

The Center’s funding comes from a combination of endowment, corporate sponsorship, research grants, and gifts. No funding is provided by the school.


Monica Touesnard
Associate Director