For Sustainability Centre Leaders

Do you manage a business sustainability centre housed at a university? Is your centre teaching, conducting research, and working with industry to make social and environmental change?

You’re in the right place. The Sustainability Centres Community is an engaged, virtual community of more than 150 sustainability centres from around the world. Centre leaders share best practices and support one another through virtual collaboration and in-person events.

Here’s how you can get involved.

1.  Become a member

Simply complete the join form below to add your centre as a member of the community. As a member, here’s what you get:

  • Visibility in our public directory of centres.

  • Access to other centre leaders via:

    • A Google Group (list-serv), which members use to ask questions, seek collaborators and pose provocations.

    • Bi-annual workshops, which convene centre leaders for tailored learning and networking opportunities.

  • Access to frontier knowledge through the Network for Business Sustainability’s newsletters.

2. Attend the next workshop

The next SCC workshop will be June 24-26, 2020, in Vienna, Austria. The workshop is hosted by Vienna University of Economics and Business and FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication. We will have a day of multi-sectoral engagement and two days focused specifically on increasing centre impact in research, teaching, and outreach.

Curious about what to expect? Read about the 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2012 workshops.

3. Access our extensive content for sustainability centres

For almost 10 years, NBS has been developing content on best practices for sustainability centre teaching, research, and outreach. These materials are available through our resource library (see under “Resources for Academics”). Materials include inspiring case studies of centre activities, strategies for co-creating knowledge with managers, and more.

4.  Share your knowledge

Is your centre working on a new way for business to lead positive change? Tell us, so we can tell others.

To start, simply tell us about the idea you’d like to share. We’ll assess how we can help you transform it into a podcast, blog, or tweet that will create real impact.

5.  Apply for the Research Impact on Practice Award

Is your centre, or its affiliated researchers, creating real-world impact through research? The Research Impact on Practice Award recognizes contemporary, peer-reviewed research that has important implications for practice. The research may focus on any dimension of social or environmental sustainability. NBS co-sponsors the award with the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management. 

Centers Community Advisory Board

A diverse, international team of centre leaders advise on the activities of the Sustainability Centres Community. Advisory Board members include:

  • Erik Foley, Smeal College of Business at Penn State University

  • Miranda Helmes, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD

  • Pancho Layrisse, SUSTENTUS, EGADE Business School

  • Céline Louche, Corporate Social Responsibility Institute, Audencia Business School

  • Mark Milstein, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

  • Jennifer Nash, Business and Environment Initiative, Harvard Business School

  • Ijeoma Nwagwu, Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, Lagos Business School

  • Daniela Ortiz, Competence Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication

  • Subhasis Ray, Centre for Resettlement, Rehabilitation & Corporate Social Responsibility, Xavier Institute of Management

  • Milda Zilinskaite, Competence Center for
    Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR), Vienna University of Economics and Business