Center for Ethical & Sustainable Business

The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) was launched in the Lam Family 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.

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Read our Center’s statement in support of Black Lives Matter.

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Modeling Sustainability

When Katie Parker (MSBA, ’12) moved across the country to pursue her MBA at San Francisco State’s Lam Family College of Business, she had no idea the school was nationally ranked for its focus on sustainability — nor, at the time, would she have cared. Read how in the Lam Family College of Business, Students Learn that Ethics and Profit Go Hand-in-Hand

Doing Good Is Good Business

The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business (CESB) helps make real for San Francisco State University students the theories they learn through their studies by offering first-hand experiences outside the classroom, says Center director Denise Kleinrichert, a professor of management and ethics. Read Doing Good Is Good Business.

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.

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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 San Francisco State University's Lam Family 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

Our MBA program was ranked among the top 10 Best Green MBA programs in 2021. This ranking is based on MBA students’ assessments of how well we prepare them to address environmental, sustainability, and social responsibility issues in their careers.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Graduate Certificate in Ethics & Compliance