In this popular course, graduate and undergraduate student teams work on live consulting projects delving into sustainability and corporate responsibility challenges, while developing their project and client management skills. Client firms have included Wells Fargo, Airbnb, Method Products, and Nike.

The course offers major firms the opportunity to tap the energy, ideas, and expertise of students who bring experience and skills in sectors ranging from business and policy to engineering and environment. The teams examine an issue, problem, or decision that is central to the sponsoring company’s corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy.

Teams are supervised and evaluated by Michael Kobori, Glen Low, Marissa Saretsky, Mark Lee, and Susanne Stormer, experts in corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. For MBA students, the Strategic & Sustainable Business Solutions (SSBS) course satisfies the experiential learning elective requirement.

Past projects:

Recommendations to reduce the shipping & packaging impacts of eBay transactions, improving the sustainability of millions of daily shipments

Evaluate the long-term, strategic value of the brand’s environmental efforts and positioning

Define a market strategy for its recently-formed energy efficiency business unit

Develop a strategy and recommendations for how DocuSign as a SaaS company can reduce its environmental footprint across waste, water, and carbon, including programs to both reduce and offset environmental impacts

Help define global strategic partnerships and brand positioning of IKEA Food Services, including partnerships to increase sustainability and raise awareness of IKEA as a sustainable company.

Assist the Annie’s team in spearheading and inspiring General Mills’ (GM) sustainability efforts by conducting a thorough benchmarking analysis of companies leading in the sustainability space, distinguish best practices and develop a list of actions targeted for success at Annie’s and GM.

Work with Cisco on developing technological solutions and potential funding options that can aid conservation in Africa. Understand existing NGO players in the space, national parks, and conservation business models to pilot the application of Cisco technologies to reduce poaching.