Yale scholars and global business leaders will work together to address critical sustainability issues through a new partnership between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), the Yale School of Management (SOM), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The partnership will enable Yale students and faculty to engage directly with business leaders from across the WBCSD network with the ultimate aim of inspiring management practices –particularly across the 25-school Global Network for Advanced Management established by SOM – that better address the business challenges of the 21st
The partnership’s initial focus will be the promotion of regional internships for students, research opportunities, and a pilot online course, Natural Capital: Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems
, which was launched in January. The course uses case studies to highlight businesses’ dependence on access to critical resources, such as materials, energy, food and water, and the risks and opportunities inherent to operating in an increasingly resource-strained environment.
“WBCSD is leading the effort to bring actionable science about the resource systems on which we all depend to networks of global and local businesses around the world," said Yale professor Brad Gentry
, co-director of the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale, who teaches the online course.
"Helping businesses understand the systemic risks to their operations going forward, as well as the opportunities to offer business solutions for those risks, is the best path for bringing business creativity and innovation to a sustainable future,” he adds.