Center for Ethical & Sustainable Business


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The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) was launched in the College of Business in 2011, with founding faculty members seeking to integrate ethics, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability beyond the classroom for undergraduate and graduate business students, faculty and the Bay Area business community.

The CESB is featured on the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) website, along with over 120 international sustainability centers. A non-profit established in 2005, the NBS comprises a network of international academic experts and business leaders, and produces authoritative resources on sustainability issues with the goal of shaping management practice and research.
Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of, will give a talk about a sustainable and interconnected future for America at the SFSU College of Business Downtown Campus, 5 - 6:15 pm, Tues., Nov. 15th, Room 597. His book, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, “tells the story of a plan, born within the Pentagon, to recapture America’s greatness at home and abroad by elevating sustainability as our new strategic imperative. It aligns our enduring national interests of prosperity and security with a new framework that addresses pressing economic, social, and environmental issues at home, tapping into a trillion-dollar market demand for walkable communities, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity. It is an inspiring vision of what’s possible when Americans hold a collective view of the future and come together to bring it to reality.”

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The vision for the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business is to be the Bay Area epicenter for integrating ethical, environmental and social sustainability business practices through engagement between SF State’s College of Business students and Bay Area businesses.

The University's longstanding commitment to educate students about equity and social justice aligns CESB’s vision towards its mission to hone best practices in business integrity, social impact and environmental sustainability through business leader presence on campus, business funding support for students’ CESB vision-related projects, and developing CESB learning and research communities for students and faculty.

Educational Programs

MBA Emphasis in Ethics and Compliance

MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

Business Certificate in Ethics & Compliance