CRB Fellowships provide a venue for deeper exploration of social responsibility issues, and an opportunity for interested students to grapple with real issues of sustainability with real organizations.
Open to both first- and second-year MBAs, the Corporate Sustainability Fellowship Program gives students the opportunity to work intimately with a company, and gain an even closer look at its approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Fall 2013 MBA Fellowship
Thank you to the students who applied for this Fall’s Dow fellowship. Dow’s Sustainability team is gathering ideas for the next generation of goals. Haas MBA students will be researching trends and opporutnities that will most impact the company in the next 10-15 years as well as providing input on what areas the company should focus on for it’s 2020 sustainability goals.
Take Chevron, for example. Tackling the myriad of corporate responsibility issues facing an oil company in the 21st century is at once immensely challenging and incredibly rewarding, especially for students that want to make large-scale change. Kathryn Wendell (MBA ’10) remarked how “it was a tremendous learning experience, and I would highly recommend [it] to other Haas students.” Kathryn and her classmates focused on identifying key stakeholders around a specific refinery and made recommendations for improving stakeholder relations. One of the recommendations was to increase community involvement to help repair Chevron’s reputation.
The Walmart Fellows built the business case for MSP—My Sustainability Plan—a program designed to help Walmart employees “live healthy, live green and live better.” Students calculated the ROI on the program, including value created for the company, employees and society. They also made recommendations on program implementation and evolution over the long run.
Like the Strategic CSR & Projects course, this is a semester-long experiential learning opportunity with a leading company. Students receive 1-3 Independent Study Credits (MBA 293) for completing the fellowship.
The fellowship, however, allows interested students to go even deeper. Fellows conduct research, engage stakeholders and work in small teams alongside senior managers from across the company, as well as with faculty members here at Haas. The program concludes when Fellows present their recommendations to high-ranking executives at corporate headquarters. The deep company interaction gained through the Fellowship Program also presents students with an opportunity to continue working with the company as a paid intern once the Fellowship ends.
For more information on the Corporate Sustainability Fellowship Program, please contact:
Robert Strand, PhD
Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business
Phone: (510) 643-0341