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Responsible Business Initiative

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Our mission is to catalyze leaders to create sustainable value for business and society.

What is the Responsible Business Initiative?

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Launched by the College of Business and Economics, the Responsible Business Initiative:

  • Focuses on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, corporate governance and diversity
  • Aims to build the commitment and capacity of our students, faculty and community to understand and manage responsible business issues.
  • Seeks to innovate collaboration at the intersection of business, education and society.

Our vision is that through education, research and community collaboration, COBE inspires leaders to create an inclusive and sustainable local and global economy that accounts for economic, social and environmental impacts.



  • Responsible business priorities and values are now part of COBE’s strategy, mission, and learning objectives.
  • More than 75 undergraduate classes and 23 graduate classes have integrated responsible business content as of 2015.
  • More than 500 external stakeholders have participated in responsible business-sponsored or co-sponsored events.
  • COBE produced its third sustainability report in November 2017, led by 12 business and economics students.
  • RBI partnered with the COBE in creating an Inclusive Excellence Strategy for the college.
  • Co-hosted a sold-out third annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit in fall 2017.

Featured Leader

John Bernardo

Responsible Business is the name we give to the view that businesses should fully account…
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Featured Student

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Social impact is a new way of doing business. Placing the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit….
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Featured Topic

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B Corps are for-profit companies that seek to “use the power of business to solve social…
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Wells_Fargo_gradient_4cWe are grateful for the leadership, vision and financial support for the Responsible Business Initiative provided by our lead partner, Wells Fargo.

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