The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) is a fundamental part of what makes the Leeds School of Business different. 

We are the stewards of the Leeds family’s mandate that all students who come through our business school receive a meaningful training in social responsibility, business ethics, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. We fulfill this mandate through collaborations on core curriculum, certificates, partnerships with like-minded organizations from across campus and around the world, unique professional development projects, conferences and case competitions. 

We connect the campus with the international community around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through our leadership in UN PRME, a body devoted to excellence and responsibility in business education. We offer undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a certificate in Social Responsibility and Ethics where they put their business skills into practice with organizations making a positive impact, and distinguish themselves in the job market. We offer Executive Education courses in Corporate Social Responsibility and leadership development in the natural food industry. We support student groups, including the MBA Net Impact Gold Chapter, CU’s internationally known Net Impact Case Competition, and an undergraduate club called CESR Fellows.

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More About CESR

BECC 2019
BECC 2019

Considering participating in the Business Ethics Case Competition? Check out tips & tricks from past winners as you prepare!

CESR Rising Star

Check out our blog about Alyssa Harding’s rising success in the Boulder community and natural foods industry after taking the CCSR course.

CESR Impact Internship

We connect mission-driven business students with opportunities in sustainable and socially responsible companies through our new Impact Internship Program.

Ralphie's Closet: The Professional Clothing Swap

Ralphie's Closet: The Professional Clothing Swap right here in Leeds. Learn about how it works on the blog. 

Amber Peacher

Read how the CCSR course helped Peacher prepare to run the new CSR program at Optiv, a cyber security company.


Last semester CESR took on the challenge to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into the B Impact Assessment. Read about it on the blog.

CESR Sarah Reice

Check out the blog where Sarah Reice, Standards Analyst at B Lab, talks about her experience finding passion in her job everyday.