Sustainability Centres Community Workshop – June 2023

Around the world, business school sustainability centres advance sustainability research, teaching, and outreach. In June, they’ll gather at the Sustainability Centres Community Workshop. 

About the Workshop

Business school sustainability centres are an essential part of meeting today’s sustainability challenges. The NBS Sustainability Centres Community exists to connect and support these centres in their work. It’s a network of almost 200 centres, at universities on every continent but Antarctica. 

Every two years, these centres come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of directing a sustainability centre. The 2023 Workshop will be in New York this June. It is co-hosted by the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and part of Responsible Management Education Week, held in partnership with the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

The theme is  “Connecting for Impact.” For participants  at the workshop, this will mean (1) building synergies and (2) using systems thinking to advance sustainability, within and outside business schools.

Responsible Management Education Week brings together business school leaders, faculty, students, businesses and sustainable development organizations in New York (USA) from June 12-16.  Activities will be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, on New York’s Upper West Side.

While the SCC Workshop is focused on June 14-15, and the PRME Global Forum focuses on June 13-14, members of each organization are invited and encouraged to attend all of Responsible Management Education Week. 

Information on the 2023 SCC Workshop


Register through the PRME Hopin Platform, and make sure to select a combination ticket that includes all the programming you’d like to attend. For the full SCC experience that is ticket #4: 2023 Global Forum + Systems Day Workshop. The fee for this ticket is $599 USD. However, tickets for systems day alone are also available for individuals who cannot attend the entire workshop. 

The first 80 SCC members to register can use a promo code for $100 off a combined ticket. Contact for the code (before you register).

We also encourage you to also explore and consider the additional activities are available June 12 and 16 hosted by other partners.

Agenda Details

Below are key events for the SCC. You can also see a detailed agenda of the whole week here.

Graphical version of below agenda information and timing

Tuesday, June 13 (PRME-led): Bringing the World Into Business Schools. Core topics will be “Connecting for Pedagogical Impact” and “Connecting for Climate Impact.” These areas will be addressed by global leaders and through interactive workshops.

Wednesday June 14 (PRME and SCC-led): Bringing Business Schools Out Into the World. The day will explore “Connecting for Digital Impact” and “Connecting for Leadership Impact” through a blend of talks, panels, and workshops. Additional events shaped by SCC organizers include: 

  • How to Change Business Schools and the World (plenary)
  • SCC-Only: Centre Leaders Knowledge Exchange – Nuts and bolts of running a centre
  • Courageous Conversations: Addressing “wicked problems”

 The day ends with a reception at the United Nations. 

Thursday June 15 (SCC-led): Systems Change for Sustainability: Collecting and Collaborating for Grand Challenges (Workshop):  Participants will apply systems thinking to their priority sustainability projects – on topics from energy efficiency to human rights. The  focus is on the specific role of business schools in creating systems change. Get involved now by completing a Spring survey (deadline April 24) to identify priority topics. The Workshop led by Jason Jay of MIT and Jury Gualandris of NBS.

Thursday ends with an SCC-only social event.

Sustainability requires us to work and think as a system. At the 2023 SCC Workshop, centres and organizations will find new ways to achieve this goal.

Apply for a Bursary

A limited number of travel bursaries for SCC members facing financial barriers will be available. Recipients will be reimbursed for $1000 USD for travel expenses. Registration fees for the Systems Change Workshop will also be waived. To apply, please fill out this form by April 30(deadline extended).

Hotel Information 

A block of rooms will be available for the conference at the Empire Hotel, close to the event location (Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus) on New York’s Upper West Side. Cost is $269+tax for a Queen bed and $319+tax for a King (USD). Reservation information is available here. 

If you’re interested in sharing a room (Twin beds), the Fairfield Inn and Suites is a short walk (rooms approx $330). Contact to be matched. 

Interested in a more affordable option? Try There’s good public transportation in Manhattan, so you don’t need to stay directly beside the venue. 

Sponsor the Workshop

Your centre can be a Workshop sponsor. The event is heavily subsidized by NBS and the workshop hosts, allowing us to keep participation costs low. Additional sponsorships by centres will subsidize attendance for SCC members facing financial barriers and will also cover some planning expenses. Sponsors will be recognized through event programming and materials. If your centre is interested in sponsoring, contact for more information.

Thank you to the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan for their sponsorship! 

Join the SCC

If your centre is not a member of the SCC, please join this community. It’s free, and we can do much more by learning from each other and building community than by working separately. 

You can find out about the 2021,  2018, and 2016  SCC Workshops by clicking the relevant links. 

Further Details:

About the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is the official host of the 2023 SCC Workshop. The mission of the Sustainability Initiative is to provide the best education, apply academic rigor to real world problems, and empower leaders everywhere to act, professionally and personally, so that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come. The Initiative works through the joint efforts of MIT students, faculty, alumni, researchers, and partners in business, government, NGOs, and hybrid organizations.

About the 2023 PRME Global Forum

Under the main theme “Connecting For Impact Worldwide,” PRME, an initiative of the UN Global Compact, is now calling people from all corners of the world to join their global community for a Responsible Management Education Week, on 12 – 16 June 2023, in New York (USA), to advance responsible management education and its impact worldwide. The 11th Edition of PRME Global Forum will be part of this week, taking place on 13 – 14 June 2023, hosted by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, in an action-oriented space to connect and build avenues for impactful collaboration. In addition to taking stock of PRME’s growth over the last few years and highlighting the ongoing work of the PRME community, the 2023 Global Forum will focus on the element of impact across various session themes: pedagogy, climate, digital, and leadership. The 2023 Edition will be the first in-person forum since 2017, but it will also be broadcasted on a platform accessible to participants worldwide.

More about PRME: Website | Linkedin | Twitter |  Youtube 

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