Research : Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI)
The Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation is an intra-faculty centre of the Gustavson School of Business. It exists to facilitate, support and report on the work of Gustavson faculty, staff and students in the areas of sustainability and corporate social responsibility as they relate to business.
CSSI work focuses on three areas: research, education and operations. Faculty research can range from climate change strategy to social entrepreneurship; sustainability reporting in higher education to multi-country comparative corporate social responsibility. Adding post-doctoral fellows to our team aims to strengthen our research networks and output. CSSI hosts regular presentations to share research and practitioner expertise within the school, on campus and with the business community.
Integrating sustainability into Gustavson's courses and specializations is the emphasis of the education arm of CSSI. In addition to an annual commitment to the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), faculty share cases, guest speakers and readings to encourage students to consider the triple bottom line-that is, financial, social and environmental implications- in all their business decisions. Specific courses in sustainability are required in the BCom, MBA and PhD programs. Topics on sustainability are also included across other courses in these and the Master of Global Business program. The centre also supports and implements carbon and waste management activities throughout Gustavson, including an annual greenhouse gas emissions report, extensive waste reduction initiatives, and awareness campaigns.