Center for Responsible Business - Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley - Sustainable Products & Solutions

Sustainable Products & Solutions Program

Initially funded by a generous contribution from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the SPS program has since engaged with leading companies and top researchers from across the University of California at Berkeley to generate leading edge sustainability-focused research.

The program addresses real world sustainability challenges across the entire value chain by bringing together practitioners from our partner corporations and world-leading researchers from across UC Berkeley – with the Center for Responsible Business at the center of it all. The CRB serves both as the external interface of the program to corporate partners and as the internal convener of sustainability-minded researchers.

Moreover, the CRB seeks to identify researchers who may have an interest in engaging in sustainability-focused research to bring these researchers to the discussion.

The program has three areas of focus:

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Assessing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of, and encouraging good governance practices throughout, the lifecycles of goods and services.
  • Sustainable Consumption: Understanding resource management, the circular economy, and the value of nature and developing products and solutions to better manage world consumption.
  • World Challenges: Investigating overarching issues of corporate governance, finance, and society to address major social issues, including water, health, and housing, by taking scalable, market-based approaches to develop and grow sustainable communities.

For the latest SPS Program Annual Report (2014-2015), please click here.


Nikita Sharma
Robert Strand Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business

"When I arrived in my role as Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business in August 2014, I was – and remain – firmly convinced of the importance and the incredible opportunity represented by the SPS program. By bringing together a community of researchers and corporate partners, we can more effectively address our greatest sustainability challenges than any one of us could do individually.

"Are you interested in joining the SPS community? Please let me know. I would love to hear from you."