Published: Dec. 6, 2022 By

Faculty, staff and alumni are taking action to solve the climate crisis, and flipping the script on the role of business.  

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Business is often seen as the cause of climate change, but it’s also a powerful force to solve this pressing issue.

At the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit, CESR hosted a panel featuring sustainability leaders from major corporations, including VF Corp, Deloitte, McKinstry and Microsoft.

Watch CESR's Business Commitments to a Sustainable Future panel and learn how companies are taking action to support a world where future generations can thrive.

Here are a few perspectives on how business can take the lead.

“We are going to see a lot of change over the next decade, especially as companies integrate sustainability—including climate and diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations—into their core business strategies. For business students, it’s an incredible time to learn about the issues and identify innovative solutions.”
– Kathryn Wendell, Executive Director of CESR

“Entrepreneurs create for-profit ventures that can address climate change in a way that government and activists cannot.” 
– Jeff York, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chair of the Social Responsibility and Sustainability division and Research Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

“Many people think of climate change as a geopolitical issue. We look at it as an economic issue. Even if regulation were to help solve this problem, that regulation would require action among companies—so we’re going straight to the companies to help them do business better.”
– Tim Weiss (MBA ‘16), co-founder and CEO of Optera, a sustainability software company

Learn more about how Leeds sees business as a driving force for tackling climate change. 

The climate crisis is both a huge challenge facing humanity, and the greatest economic opportunity of our lifetimes. Develop skills to drive change in any organization with the Climate Action for Business executive program from Leeds.