What students can do
Undergraduate and graduate courses
The Gabelli School offers dozens of courses designed to enhance your knowledge of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics. Taking some of these courses (including ones outside your typical field of study!) can prepare you to contribute to better business decision-making from your first day on the job. See the current ESG- and sustainability-related offerings in all academic departments. See the current offerings in all academic departments.
Social Innovation Collaboratory
The Social Innovation Collaboratory recognizes that certain large-scale global problems, including hunger, poverty, climate change, and disease, are not easily solved and need a multi-stakeholder approach. The Collaboratory brings together entrepreneurially minded Fordham students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and local community members to think up innovative solutions that haven’t been raised before. Learn about the teams that students can join, or come up with an idea for an issue-based team of your own.
Do you have an idea for a startup business that would add something positive to your community, to society, or to the environment? Workshop your idea and join other like-minded students in the Fordham Foundry, the university’s small-business incubator. The Foundry sponsors several business pitch competitions each year which offer seed funding to develop your company, and it is connected with an angel-investment fund that invests up to $25,000 in promising businesses founded by Fordham students and alumni.
Many Gabelli School student organizations are organizing activities related to ESG topics, so check with the groups you’ve already joined to find out what they’re planning — or to suggest a guest speaker, activity, or event of your own. If you haven’t yet connected with NetImpact at the Gabelli School, get in touch. There is an undergraduate chapter and a graduate one. NetImpact is a nationwide network that’s focused on sustainability issues and ways of doing business that benefit the planet.
Just as finance students test their skills in investing challenges and marketing students compete to develop juried marketing campaigns, students who are interested in ESG can build their skills and résumés in relevant competitions. The Wear it Wise competition, for example, is co-organized by the RBC and the national organization Net Impact. We will post links below to competitions when we hear of them.
Responsible Business Leadership Certification
Gabelli School Master’s Students have the opportunity to take part in a certification program geared towards becoming a Responsible Business Leader in today’s world. The Responsible Business Leadership Certification program will help you identify your core values and build skill sets that will enable you to lead effectively and responsibly. You will cultivate a growth mindset through self-reflection and define what Responsible Business Leadership means to you. Learn more about Responsible Business Leadership Certification here.
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