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 or Robert Strand, 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 social media strategy for the firm’s social responsibility website, driving traffic and increasing awareness

Identify customer shopping bag strategies, to promote reusable bags

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