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

A picture of Trevor Sung in front of a virtual background giving a presentation.
January 6, 2021

Connecting the dots: Linking problem-solving skillset to tech sales strategy

Trevor Sung, MBA ’21, expanded his perspective and sharpened his consulting and problem-solving skills in the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion.

Brown bags filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
December 18, 2020

Beyond the plate: The far-reaching consequences of our food system

Laté Lawson-Lartego of Oxfam America spoke with students about what Oxfam is doing to ensure our food system is equitable on a global scale.

A picture of Rahul Singh sitting at his desk in front of a computer, working from his office
December 8, 2020

Medical group benefits from MBA skills during the pandemic

With funding from the Social Impact Internship Fund, Rahul Singh spent the summer working for a hospitalist practice in their business strategy team.


Research With Impact

Miguel I. Gomez

Associate professor, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

The economics and ecology of shade-grown coffee: a model to incentivize shade and bird conservation

Ecological Economics, 159, May 2019

Summary: The cultivation of shade-grown coffee is a production system widely regarded as environmentally sustainable and useful for biodiversity conservation. In this method, the crop is grown under a forest-like canopy of trees, enhancing pest control from birds; however, the process produces lower coffee yields. Gómez et al study this tradeoff here, along with the economic incentives required for smallholders (people managing agricultural holdings smaller than farms) to adopt shade practices rather than conventional systems, in which coffee is grown in sunnier settings. Formulating a dynamic optimization problem, the authors show that smallholders have incentives to allocate more land to shade-grown coffee under the appropriate market conditions.


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