Projects Course

In this popular course, offered at the MBA and undergraduate levels, student teams work directly with major firms such as HP, Levi Strauss, and Wells Fargo on projects that tackle pressing business issues.

Leading live consulting projects students learn how to manage client relationships while addressing corporate responsibility issues that are core to a business. These relationships often flourish beyond the consulting engagement and long after the student team has graduated.

Previous consulting projects have involved:
  • supply chain sustainability
  • product lifecycle
  • social entrepreneurship
  • socially responsible investing
  • branding & communication strategies
  • stakeholder engagement
  • transparent reporting
  • public/private partnerships
  • strategic philanthropy
  • consumer segmentation

In-class exercises and new perspectives from leading-edge guest lecturers strengthen students’ capacity to create value through corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts. This course also satisfies the requirements for Berkeley Innovative Leaders Development (BILD) Experiential Learning elective for MBA students.

If you are an organization wanting to work with Berkeley-Haas students, click here to submit a project for consideration.

Student Quotes


“A phenomenal class for hands-on consulting experience, practice in developing creative business solutions, and thinking critically about CSR issues. From designing social media campaigns to developing sustainability metrics, each group had a valuable project with clients that were truly excited about our ideas.”

—Victoria Chiang, B.S., Environmental Economics ‘10


“Professor McElhaney’s Strategic CSR course was a highlight of my first year experience at Haas. The experience presents a great opportunity to learn and explore all things CSR through the lens of a business manager. The course is not designed to be a feel-good, anti-capitalism class, but instead offers a very realistic account of the challenges and rewards of developing, championing and executing CSR in the workplace that not only makes the world a better place, but makes solid, justifiable business sense.”

—Paul Collins, Haas MBA ‘11

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First Person
Bee Hui Yeh
Bee Hui Yeh
BS, Business Administration '10

“The CSR & Projects course is easily the most rewarding class I’ve taken at Berkeley. The chance to apply the concepts of corporate social responsibility through real world consulting experience demonstrated that CSR is more than an ideal—it’s a philosophy. Collaborating with my classmates to successfully apply it in diverse industries proved to me that I could embrace this philosophy in whatever career I pursue—what more could you ask from a class?”