Sustainability Centres Workshop 2018

Sustainability Centres Workshop 2018

NBS October 19, 2017
Eighty leaders of sustainability centres gathered for the  2018 Sustainability Centres Community workshop in New York City.  
Leaders of business school sustainability research centres gathered for the biannual Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) workshop, June 2018, at Cornell Tech in New York City. Eighty leaders from six continents discussed shared challenges and opportunities related to centre management, teaching, research and outreach. 

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Workshop Materials

Collaboration Opportunities 

Centres identified ways to work together on sustainability issues. This chart lists the opportunities raised and contact information for the lead. 
Centre Collaboration Opportunities
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Session materials

Participants explored cutting-edge ideas and best practices and experienced hands-on training to increase skills in specific areas. 

The summaries below describe the key takeaways from these sessions. The summaries include slides.

Session summaries

Reports and Articles
Brand Your Sustainability Centre
Reports and Articles
How to Get Your Research in the News
Reports and Articles
Measure Your Centre’s Impact


Design Thinking (frog design)
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Creating Impact through Research (Garima Sharma and Tima Bansal, NBS)
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Agenda and Session Details

The first two days of the workshop focused specifically on centres; a third, organized by Cornell, explored shared concerns with the broader sustainability community.   

june 25 and 26

Session descriptions and bio sketches
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June 27

Workshop Reflection

NBS Executive Director Tima Bansal looks back at the workshop (with photos). 

Our Partners

The Sustainability Centres Workshop is made possible by support from the Network for Business Sustainability, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Harvard Business School Business and Environment Initiative, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. 

We appreciate the input of the SCC Advisory Committee:

About NBS and the SCC

Hundreds of sustainability centres at business schools around the world are dedicated to helping create a more sustainable business model. These centres teach, conduct research, and work with industry to make social and environmental change. The Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) launched in 2012 in response to the need for greater centre collaboration and for an online platform to facilitate collaboration. NBS manages the SCC. If your centre has not already joined, we invite you to be part of the community. 
Learn more about the Sustainability Centres Community

About the Centre for Sustainable Global Enterprise

The workshop co-host, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, was established in 2003 through the generosity of Sam Johnson. It is a world-class academic institution producing and disseminating 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.

RElated REsources

News and Events

Sixty leaders of sustainability research centres gathered for the 2016 Sustainability Centres Community (SCC) workshop in Fontainebleau, France.

Sustainability Centre

NBS hosted the inaugural workshop for sustainability-related centres allowing them to identify synergies and best practices.