Rising Leaders on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

This global survey of students from top-ranking business schools finds widespread consensus that business must lead on solutions to climate change and sustainability to attract and retain talent.


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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In the News

Stuart DeCew, Director at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, discusses key insights from the research on MSNBC's Greenhouse:


Other Media

Financial Times: "Teaching the impact of climate change to the leaders of tomorrow"

Hartford Business: "Business students will take less green for pro-green careers"

Wall Street Journal: "Dow Jones: Firms' environmental practices could impact hiring -- Market Talk," "Future finance leaders: We'll shun environmentally challenged firms,"

Business Because: "Social enterprise: Greed no longer good as millennial MBAs sacrifice salary for society"

Eco Daily: "Environmental policies increasingly important to future leaders,"

Climate Insider: "Companies Could Pay 'Talent Tax' for Ignoring Climate Change, Survey Suggests"

BusinessWire: "Future Business Leaders Demand Bold Action on Climate Change: The New Frontier for Hiring Talent,"

Business News Daily: "Environmental policies increasingly important to future leaders,"

Biz Community: "GSB students join international call for more action on climate change,"

Live Mint: "Students from global B-schools conscious about environment policies of companies,"

LinkedIn, Anthony Leiserowitz: "Future Business Leaders Demand Bold Action on Climate Change: The new frontier for hiring talent"

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