Our Mission

By 2060, the Earth's population is likely to reach 9 billion, greatly increasing demands for natural resources. The creation of businesses that can deliver the jobs and services that are critical to human wellbeing while simultaneously reducing the likelihood that we will destroy or severely damage the natural systems on which we all rely is one of the greatest challenges, and one of the greatest opportunities, facing business leaders today. 

The Business and Environment Initiative (pdf) supports research, education, and outreach to promote solutions to the urgent environmental challenges facing business and society.

“Research by HBS faculty and doctoral students is revealing innovative ways that businesses can gain competitive advantage by better managing their environmental impacts and risks. BEI increases the impact of the school's research on business and the environment by helping to communicate its insights to business and government leaders, while working with those leaders to identify their most pressing environmental challenges to guide future research efforts.”

-- Michael W. Toffel, Professor; BEI Faculty Chair

BEI Leadership

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Michael Toffel

Faculty Chair; Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management

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Jennifer Nash


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Marina Jokic