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.


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Portrait of Chris Marquis and image of the cover of his new book, Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism
September 14, 2020

Chris Marquis champions the B Corps model of resilient and sustainable capitalism

In his new book, Chris Marquis says a more resilient and sustainable capitalism should focus on environmental, social, and financial performance.

Photo of the entrance of a local business, Sunny Days of Ithaca, on the Commons
September 3, 2020

How the global pandemic changed a small business in a big way

MBA students in BR Microenterprise recap their experience advising a local business, which included pivoting their strategy in response to COVID-19.

Taylor stands in front of old PepsiCo equipment
May 19, 2020

Interning at PepsiCo: More than a can of soda (pop)

Taylor Hogenkamp, Two-Year MBA ’20, reflects on his time as a supply chain and procurement intern at PepsiCo and its connections to the SGE immersion.


Research With Impact

Christopher Marquis

Samuel SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Professor of Management and Organizations, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism

Yale University Press, 2020   

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Summary: Informed by Chris Marquis’ decade plus of research on B Corps and animated by interviews with the movement’s founders and leading figures, Better Business tells the story of the rise of the B Corporation, a new corporate structure whose companies commit to putting social benefits and environmental stewardship on equal footing with financial shareholders. Marquis not only explores the rapid growth of global companies choosing to certify as B Corps, but also how B Lab’s systems and processes create more resilient and sustainable stakeholder-focused economic systems.

Better Business is the book to read if you want to put values and purpose at the center of your company. It’s an inspiring book with great insights to share.”

  • Jerry Greenfield, co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s

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