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

CESR Impact Internship

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


Interested in pursuing the Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE) certificate? Read our blog to hear how the SRE certificate can complement a business degree from our former students .

CESR Impact Investing

While investing has historically focused on profits alone, there is a growing shift towards impact investment and PhD Candidate Jessica Jones is determined to understand why and how philanthropic organizations choose to engage in this type of investment.

CESR Unitar

In order to advance ethical leadership globally, UNITAR has partnered with Leeds to create a course that teaches the necessary skills and character for SDG leadership.

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.