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Taking targeted action to meet and exceed economic, social and environmental sustainability goals

Committed and Accountable

At CSU’s College of Business, we believe that business can be used to improve our communities, give back to others and help positively shape our world. In pursuit of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the College of Business partners with organizations and associations that share our vision, can aid us in our journey of sustainability and give us the opportunity to share our expertise with others. Through these partnerships we are committed to a common goal, united for progress and accountable to fellow partners.


Business for a Better World Impact Report

Our shared vision that business can be a force for positive change provides the foundation for everything we do at Colorado State University’s College of Business. We believe that meaningful change starts in our classrooms and spreads to every corner of the globe.  Promoting quality research, improving access to education and connecting with the larger CSU and Fort Collins communities primes our students to think about the triple bottom line of business – people, planet and profit.

This commitment manifests in many forms across our College. Faculty publish award-winning research with practical implications for public policy and business sustainability. The breadth of our impact is only possible with the collective commitment of everyone in our community, from students and employees to donors and coroprate partners. 

Read the Impact Report here.


Principles for Responsible Management Education 

PRME Signatory since 2021

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Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) was founded with the support of the United Nations in 2007 with the goal to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through supporting responsible management education. With more than 800 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the key organization connecting the UN and business schools. The organization provides a framework for best practices in collaboration, goal integration, thought leadership and research, guiding schools toward making a greater impact.

As part of our PRME membership, the College develops a biennial Sharing Information in Progress (SIP) Report detailing our progress on strategic goals from the integration of sustainable business practices into our curriculum to the production of SDG-focused faculty research. The SIP holds us accountable to making progress and sharing best practices with other partners and institutions. Read the report here

Responsible Research in Business and Management

Pioneering Institution since 2021

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Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting credible and useful research in the business disciplines. The organization believes scholarship must be central to solving the world’s challenges and contributing to the well-being of our society. 

The College of Business is one of 11 RRBM Pioneering Institutions. As such, the College actively contributes to the advancement of responsible and impactful research through a variety of initiatives including the Business for a Better World Dissertation Proposal Competition, endorsed by RRBM.

See how the College of Business and RRBM align in RRBM’s overview of the College.

Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Associate Partner since 2022 

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Founded by EFMD Global and UN Global Compact in strategic partnership with AACSB, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) is a worldwide community of learning organizations including business schools, learning and development practitioners, NGOs and businesses engaged in developing the next generation of globally responsible business leaders.

GRLI is invested in creating deep systemic change across three domains:

  • How we live and make a living
  • How we learn
  • How we lead

The organization contends that we must be consciously connected to ourselves, others and the whole as a prerequisite for making change a reality, representing a shift from “I” to “We” to “All of Us.” 

As an Associate Partner of GRLI, CSU’s College of Business is a part of a global cohort of more than 35 business schools who are leading progress towards positive systems change. 

Positive Impact Rating

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Meaningful sustainability transformation must incorporate the voices and actions of stakeholders. The College recognizes the important role that our students play in our actions and strategic direction. The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) uses student assessments to rate school impact and leverages feedback to help partner colleges understand what they should start, stop, and continue to do in the realms of sustainability and governance.

The Positive Impact Rating at the CSU College of Business is facilitated by the College of Business Net Impact Club. The Net Impact Club consists of both undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to helping their peers find new ways to use business for environmental change. They collaborate with the local community to incite action, engage with other student chapters worldwide and involve fellow students in the ratings process.

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Our partnerships, research and curriculum, can transform “business as usual” into “business for a better world."