The Sustainability Initiative connects our faculty and students with leaders from business, NGOs, government, and hybrid organizations to spur innovation.  We help our partners develop and evaluate new products and services, new management practices, new business models, and new market infrastructures. The result is more effective and sustainable use of natural and human resources, thus creating value for business and society. No management school is better equipped to translate the emerging challenges of global sustainability into real business opportunity. 

Action learning projects

Launch new initiatives or “crack the nut” on a long-standing sustainability challenge by engaging a team of MIT Sloan students.

  • S-Lab: Laboratory for Sustainable Business: Organizations such as Tiffany & Co., Amazon, EDF, Disney and Intel have asked our students to build sustainable business strategies. For more information see: http://actionlearning.mit.edu/s-lab
  • L-Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems:  Focuses on leadership and collaboration. Participating companies get help building coalitions around sustainability programs and initiatives; recent company participants include Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks and the World Wildlife Fund. For more information see: http://actionlearning.mit.edu/l-lab
  • G-Lab:  Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory:  Hands-on learning opportunity for students to partner with companies using innovative technologies to launch new ventures in emerging markets. See http://actionlearning.mit.edu/g-lab for more information.
  • Sustainability Internship Program: Each summer, MIT Sloan spurs the market for MBA summer internships on sustainable business topics.  We solicit job descriptions from companies in January-February, list them for students in early March, and award financial support for the first five companies to hire MIT Sloan MBA students.

Conferences

Join the annual Sustainability Summit as a panelist, attendee or sponsor to get your company in the conversation that challenges and changes the way people think about sustainability. 

Guest speaking and teaching 

Share your sustainability leadership and expertise with the MIT Sloan community. The MIT Sloan Sustainability Lunch Series draws standing room-only crowds and gives thought leaders a chance to share a practitioner’s view from the field.

Executive education

Step back and gain new perspective as top faculty from MIT Sloan and the MIT Engineering Systems Division challenge your organization to uncover connections between economic, environmental, social, and personal dimensions of sustainability. Companies can enroll in existing Executive Education classes or design custom engagements. Find out more at: http://executive.mit.edu/

Strategic convening

Come to the table to generate solutions. The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan brings global firms across value chains and industries together with NGOs, government agencies and the academic community.  Together we develop a shared view of the complex systems that connect us, and find opportunities for innovation and experimentation.

We have convened groups on issues like labor, global supply chains, reducing waste from consumer products, and reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing.  We are actively working in three arenas: creating a market for alternative fuel vehicles; creating social sustainability through great jobs in great companies; and overcoming organizational barriers to energy efficiency.  Contact Jason Jay with your interest in these focal areas.

Collaborative research

Answer critical questions facing your firm and industry.  Leading companies have partnered with MIT Sloan faculty to evaluate issues such as global supply chain compliance and the market potential for alternative fuel vehicles. 

New enterprises

Bring the sustainable economy to scale. MIT is world-renowned for its technological innovations and unparalleled science and engineering capabilities. Increasingly, ventures emerging from MIT are addressing global challenges in a sustainable and profitable way. Companies involved with the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan can be the first to advise, purchase from, and invest in our entrepreneurs.

Supporting key strategic initiatives

Each year the Initiative selects a small number of strategic initiatives to support through management and oversight; corporate support can take the form of full or partial funding in addition to substantive participation.

Examples of cutting-edge research that will change the conversation on sustainability:

  • Creating Markets for Alternative Vehicles: Makes clean air and climate change mitigation a reality by overcoming barriers to a thriving auto industry and the scaling of alternative vehicles.
  • Social Sustainability Hub: Aims to create long-lasting, high quality jobs and to promote equitable economic development in the US and abroad.
  • Climate Co-Lab: Uses our open-source platform to engage people across the globe in generating new, effective ideas for climate change mitigation. 

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