The Sustainable Innovation focus area serves as a platform for sustainable business innovation, systems thinking, and responsible leadership at Berkeley Haas and better connects the business school with sustainability efforts across industry.  We believe innovating across industry and the supply chain around sustainability is critical to our future.

This area of focus connects students, faculty, and innovators to rethink the status quo of business operations and develop industry solutions to solve the world’s pressing sustainability challenges.

  • Research: The CRB is developing a library of sustainability case studies focused on sustainable innovation, suitable for inclusion into the general business school curriculum and resonant with business leaders. Recent cases include “Patagonia’s Path to Carbon Neutrality” and “Sustainability Through Open Innovation: Carlsberg and the Green Fiber Bottle”.
  • Events: We are committed to hosting events and engagements related to sustainable innovation throughout the academic year. Recent featured speakers include executives from Levi Strauss, Tesla, IDEO, and Salesforce. Our flagship event is the Patagonia Case Competition, where graduate students from across the world compete to solve a pressing sustainability issue facing Patagonia.
  • Careers with Impact: Past internship and job placements have spanned Nike, Levi Strauss and Co, Patagonia, and IDEO. Famed Berkeley Haas sustainable innovation companies include: PACT apparel, Blue Forest Conservation, Closed Loop Fund, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
  • Faculty and Research: We partner closely with leading Haas faculty including Henry Chesborough, the Father of Open Innovation, and Sara Beckman, a leader in systems thinking. Additionally campus partners include: Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the College of Natural Resources.

For more information, please contact Seren Pendleton-Knoll.

"True sustainability is not just about changing your company, it is about changing the whole system"

- Michael Kobori, VP of Sustainability, Levi Strauss and Co.