The Center is a resource for Cornell students interested in issues pertaining to business and sustainability, engaging students in these issues through various activities and research.

  • Curriculum – Sustainability literacy – a practical understanding of sustainability issues in the context of business, as well as strategic business decision-making in the context of sustainability – has become a critical skill for managers across all industries which are grappling to address pressing social and environmental issues, including climate change and social justice. With nearly 2 decades of program innovation on the topic, Johnson continues to lead with an ever expanding, award-winning curriculum available to all residential MBA students. Our flagship program, the Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) Intensive (formerly the SGE Immersion), a deep-dive into business and sustainability, provides MBA students in their first- or second-year, the opportunity to work directly with organizations on a real market-based, sustainability project. In addition, for MBA students with an interest in finance and sustainability, they can apply to the Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellows Program during their first semester. Students looking for a general overview of sustainability issues may want to consider pursing the SGE Concentration while customized programs can be designed for executives.
  • Applied Learning – By participating in company-sponsored projects secured through the Center, students develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to take on leadership roles in business, regardless of industry or functional area.
  • Careers – The Center works closely with the Johnson Career Management Center to provide the appropriate resources and support to students seeking careers that fall under the domain of sustainable global enterprise.

Ina Gjika MS '22

The knowledge I gained from researching and building the model for the SGE project sponsor was great preparation for my internship

Ina Gjika MS '22
Austin Blais (MBA '20)

The SGE curriculum was one of my most impactful and formative experiences at Johnson. Not only did it build a foundation for innovation, sustainability, and business, it also greatly advanced my teamwork and problem solving skills. It more than prepared me to take the next step in my career.

Austin Blais, MBA ‘20
Sierra Stewart

One of the most important lessons I have learned at Johnson is to let go of trying to do what people expect you to do and focus on doing the things that are going to be highest impact for you personally. For me, SGE was one of those things.

Sierra Stewart, MBA ‘15