The Institute’s (IBSI) mission is to inspire and empower members of the Berkeley Haas community to develop innovative solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges.

As part of the top-ranked Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, IBSI builds upon the school’s unique and historic commitment to comprehensive excellence in research and public education to improve the world.   

IBSI cultivates and leads courses, experiential learning, faculty research, and external partnerships focused on using the role of business to build and maintain a more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive society.

IBSI is comprised of the Center for Responsible Business (CRB), the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL), the Center for Gender Equality (EGAL), the Global Social Venture Competition, and more – together making Haas a global thought-leader in ethical business practices and ‘beyond yourself’ leadership.

Our Goals

  • To build a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society.
  • To train leaders who can work across traditional boundaries between nonprofit organizations, for-profit enterprise and the public sector to achieve social impact.
  • To promote social entrepreneurs to create new solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Defining Leadership Principles

The institute promotes the distinctive culture of Berkeley Haas in order to achieve our mission, closely aligning our work with the school’s four leadership principles.

  • Question the Status Quo
  • Confidence Without Attitude
  • Student Always
  • Beyond Yourself