Full-Time MBA Program

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Building upon over a decade of research, teaching, and industry engagement, the Center for Responsible Business (CRB) brings together students, company leaders and faculty to redefine business and create a sustainable future.

The CRB, part of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at Berkeley Haas, inspires students to re-think traditional business practices, envision the roles that they can play in creating change, and obtain the skills to get there.

Sustainability Coursework, Applied Learning, and Fellowships

Students can choose from an array of sustainability- and corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related courses, including The Business Case for Investing in Women in Business, Social Investing, and Strategic & Sustainable Business Solutions. The CRB also presents the Peterson Series, as well as other events, and offers fellowship opportunities.

Through coursework and applied learning opportunities, such as consulting projects and the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, students gain understanding of key areas such as triple-bottom-line management, sustainability and innovation, and the leadership skills that enable lasting transformation.

Sustainability Research

In addition, there are a wide variety of programs supporting sustainability research, including the Sustainable Products & Solutions (SPS) Program, which brings together practitioners and leading researchers from across UC Berkeley and the Moskowitz Research Program, which examines the socially responsible investing industry.

Connecting to Careers in Sustainability and CSR

From Paul Rice, founder of Fair Trade USA, to Rob Kaplan, director of product sustainability for Walmart, and Jennifer Liebermann, who is helping map the future of healthcare for Kaiser Permanente, graduates of the Berkeley MBA Program make a positive impact on the world in a variety of roles and industries.

In their career searches, students draw upon skills honed through hands-on practice during their studies, as well as upon a wealth of career resources, including:

  • Mentorship offered through the Sustainable Business Professionals in Residence program
  • Personalized career strategy services through the Berkeley Haas Career Management Group
  • Targeted advising and a Network Job Search Team through the Center for Responsible Business

Corporate Sustainability Beyond the Classroom

Students often translate passion for corporate sustainability into tangible business practice through case and startup competitions, such as the Dow Sustainability Innovation Challenge and the Global Social Venture Competition.

As part of an MBA culture that emphasizes questioning the status quo and thinking beyond oneself, Berkeley Haas is also home to a variety of sustainability and social impact-oriented clubs, such as the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), the International Development and Enterprise Club, and the Berkeley Haas chapter of Net Impact, all offering knowledge and networking opportunities.

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