Businesses have a vital role to play in solving social and environmental issues through innovation, market development, and entrepreneurship.

Faculty who work with the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise are at the forefront of research, teaching, and engagement related to helping businesses address these problems. We provide students distinctive experiential learning opportunities and collaborate with organizations to help to tackle the grand challenges of our time, such as climate change, ecosystem degradation, and poverty.

Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise BusinessFeed

Solar panels with industrial smoke stacks behind them
April 12, 2021

Energy justice: Exploring an equitable energy transition

The 11th annual Cornell Energy Connection showcased professionals sharing perspectives on key industry issues and featured a panel on energy justice.

A mural featuring the head of an Indonesian man with glasses, wearing a traditional black peci cap, white jacket and black tie surrounded by colorful educational symbols from math and science.
March 3, 2021

Improving learning outcomes of 50 million students in Indonesia

Johnson’s Social Impact Internship Fund enabled Amanda Srishima to pursue a summer internship with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia.

Weathered hands planting green shoot
March 2, 2021

Profit through purpose: Building long-term shareholder value

Former CEO of Unilever Paul Polman joined students via Zoom to discuss the changing business landscape of a post-COVID-19 world.

Research With Impact

Christopher B. Barrett

Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Emerging human infectious diseases and the links to global food production, Nature Sustainability 2, 445-456 (2019)


As global food demand rises sharply, infectious diseases emerge at unprecedented rates. Feeding 11 billion people will require increases in crop and animal production, agricultural use of antibiotics, water, pesticides and fertilizer, and contact between humans and wild and domestic animals. Evidence suggests that this activity contributes to the emergence and spread of infection. Barrett et al synthesize literature indicating that, since 1940, agricultural drivers were associated with significant proportions of all disease –and nearly half of all zoonotic infections– emerging in humans, and that these numbers are likely to grow. The authors identify agricultural, disease management, and policy actions, along with additional research, to address this public health challenge.


Center Projects Spanning the Globe

The Center provides hands-on learning opportunities for graduate students interested in learning how businesses address environmental and social problems through innovation and enterprise. Click on the map to learn more about the diversity of companies and types of challenges we work on.