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College of Business receives gift from Union Bank Foundation to support Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business

News + Events : College of Business receives gift from Union Bank Foundation to support Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business

10/04/2010

Dean of College of Business Nancy K. Hayes, Management Professor Tom Thomas, Union Bank Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst Ryan Bjorkquist, Management Department Chair Murray Silverman, and Union Bank Foundation Officer Karen Murakami

From left: Dean of San Francisco State University College of Business Nancy K. Hayes, SFSU Management Professor Tom Thomas, Union Bank Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst Ryan Bjorkquist, SFSU Management Department Chair Murray Silverman, and Union Bank Foundation Officer Karen Murakami

The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business will plan, coordinate, and implement initiatives designed to build on the College of Business’s success in training emerging leaders not only to manage responsibly, but to transform their organizations into more sustainable enterprises.

Its multifold approach will support students focused on responsible and sustainable management practices and help the Bay Area business community accelerate its transition to a more sustainable economy. The center also plans to publish applied research in sustainable business issues.

How it works

To fulfill its goals, the center will integrate with the local business community by inviting business leaders as classroom speakers and sponsoring internships that give students real-life experience as consultants to local companies, many of which serve, or are owned by, members of the Bay Area’s LMI community—internships that can lead to full-time jobs.

The curriculum will enhance the college’s existing strong focus on ethics and sustainability around three core classes: business management and environmental leadership, becoming an effective change agent for sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. Courses will reflect the diversity of the student population and the Bay Area while maintaining an international perspective.

“The College of Business’s new center aligns with Union Bank’s core values of diversity, sustainability, and ethics,” says Carl Ballton, President of the Union Bank Foundation. “We believe the center will strengthen California’s economy through its commitment to innovation and leadership.”

The new center will promote sustainability education, research, and community service at SFSU’s downtown MBA campus at the Westfield Center, and at its main campus, serving undergraduate business students, near Lake Merced.

The College of Business is one of the major schools at SFSU, teaching 19 percent of the university’s students. Its multi-disciplinary focus includes interaction with the Bay Area business community as well as a global perspective and partnerships with international schools, with a goal of training industry-ready, socially responsible graduates. The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business will function as a linchpin for these efforts.

Diversity facts

  • In 2009, the Princeton Review ranked the College of Business eighth in the nation in terms of providing opportunities to minority students.
  • The same year, U.S. News and World Report ranked San Francisco State University one of the top 15 universities for campus diversity.
  • SF State ranks 12th nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to ethnic minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • SFSU’s College of Ethnic Studies is the first and only such academic program in the United States offering undergraduate degrees in Africana studies, Asian American studies, and La Raza studies.
  • Over 70% of SFSU’s undergraduate students qualify as low- or moderate-income, while over 50% qualify as low-income.

Recent achievements

  • In 2009, the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes report ranked SF State 29th globally and 23rd in the United States for its efforts to integrate ethical, social, and environmental issues into its MBA curriculum.
  • In September 2010, The Sierra Club ranked SFSU among the 100 Greenest Schools in the country, for its efforts to reduce its ecological footprint by consuming fewer natural resources and generating less waste.

-- Andrew Rasanen, Corporate Communications, Union Bank

 


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