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Social Impact & Sustainability

Make a positive change

The potential for the positive impact of business on our society and environment has never been more important. Rotman offers a range of ways to explore social impact, including a corporate sustainability major. 

Social impact and sustainability explore the evolving relationship between business, society and the environment, with the intent of building leadership and long-term competitive advantage through responsible management.

You might consider pursuing this major if you’re interested in:

  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in business
  • Business strategies that pursue sustained, long-term resource efficiency
  • Innovation strategies that employ sustainability as a source of new, profitable growth
  • Corporate social responsibility or corporate citizenship strategy and programs
  • Social entrepreneurship or social innovation
  • Responsible investment or social finance 

Requirements to Complete the Major

You must successfully complete 3 of the following elective courses, at least 2 of which must be from List A.

List A

  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship for Social Ventures
  • Business and the Regulatory Environment
  • Designing for Equality

List B

  • Marketing and Behavioural Economics
  • Managing Talent for Global Operations 
  • Business Design Practicum
  • Top Manager’s Perspective 

Independent study projects (ISPs) and consulting projects (ICPs) on related topics are also possible. They must be overseen by a Rotman faculty member.

Note that other courses offered at Rotman or elsewhere at the University of Toronto may be considered, but must be approved by the major coordinator. 

Student Life

In addition to these course offerings, students can access a range of sustainability-related extra-curricular activities, including:


  • Rotman Net Impact, the local chapter of an international organization of MBA students interested in sustainability
  • Nexus Consulting Group, a student-run management consulting firm that helps companies, social enterprises and non-profits succeed

Case competitions

  • Rotman Net Impact, the local chapter of an international organization of MBA students interested in sustainability

Research institutes

Other opportunities

Major in Sustainability

Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Gregory Balestrero is co-autho of Organizational Survival-Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Leadership Skills for a Sustainable World

David Wheeler is former SVP, Environmental & Social Policy, The Body Shop


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