We seek to inspire change by engaging people in open dialogue around sustainability issues and challenging them to consider their own values related to social justice, care for future generations, and the flourishing of life. With the greater MIT community, we innovate and collaborate to find social, economic, and environmental solutions to pressing systemic challenges.
For decades, MIT and MIT Sloan have been sustainability thought leaders. Jay Forrester’s work on World Dynamics paved the way for the publication of Limits to Growth in 1972, a widely influential book that served as a precursor to modern thinking around environmental sustainability. Our Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER), the only labor group in a U.S. business school, has driven thinking about social justice and sustainability in the workplace for decades, identifying the management and institutional innovations needed to provide for both people and profit. In 2006, a diverse group of faculty and researchers came together to connect these ideas in a holistic vision for sustainability, and the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan was formed. This began the integration of sustainability in the core curriculum and the establishment of the Laboratory for Sustainable Business action learning course (S-Lab), the MIT Sloan Sustainability Certificate, and the flagship Strategies for Sustainable Businesses course.
Degree coursework, executive education, and innovation projects allow us to engage and educate our students, researchers, and alumni in new and meaningful ways. We continue to foster productive debate and disruptive innovation through systems modeling, entrepreneurship, and cross-sectoral collaboration. And we are expanding our relationships with business partners, government, NGOs, hybrid organizations, and the MIT community. This allows us to broaden the scope of our impact, create market opportunities, and make meaningful progress toward creating a just and sustainable world.