A new global study of more than 3,700 students at 29 top business schools, conducted by Yale University in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global Network for Advanced Management, finds that corporations unwilling to act on environmental issues are increasingly punished by the men and women they would like to recruit. 44 percent of students are willing to accept a lower salary to work for a company with better environmental practices. Conversely, about one-fifth of respondents expressed an unwillingness to work for companies with bad environmental practices no matter what the salary. Students also overwhelmingly consider environmental action a profitable stance, noting that environmental protection will improve economic growth and provide new jobs.

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People & Partners

  • Stuart DeCew

    Program Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment (MBA/MEM '11)

  • Todd Cort

    Lecturer in Sustainability Faculty Advisor, Yale Center for Business and the Environment

  • Jennifer Wang

    Doctoral student at Stanford University

  • Laura Franceschini

    Corporate Sustainability Consultant (MEM '14)

  • Heather Fitzgerald

    Assistant Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment

  • Camino De Paz

    Director of Global Initiatives, Yale School of Management

  • Peter Bakker

    President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

  • Cass Walker

    Social and Environmental Innovation Program Manager, Yale Center for Business and the Environment

This survey was conducted by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global Network for Advanced Management. Data was collected from a survey distributed to participants from 29 business schools located in 25 countries on five continents, representing approximately 17,600 students globally. These business schools comprised the 27 members of the Global Network for Advanced Management (as of September 2015), as well as two additional schools: Duke Fuqua School of Business (USA) and MIT Sloan School of Management (USA).

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