The Business and Environment Initiative (BEI) was founded in 2010 to serve as a hub for environmentally focused research, teaching, and discourse. By connecting world-class faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners, BEI works to deepen understanding of the environmental challenges confronting business leaders—and to inspire new ideas and practical, effective solutions that will benefit managers everywhere.

Climate change is one of the most significant and complex challenges facing business and society. We welcome your involvement as HBS takes on this challenge. Sign up to participate in any of the activities below. Follow us on Twitter [@HBSBEI].

Alumni Update

Subscribe for our alumni newsletter—published three to four times per year—to stay up-to-date on faculty, alumni, and student research and activities confronting climate change. Email to subscribe.

Alumni Climate Change Receptions

Attend an alumni reception in your city. BEI has been hosting alumni events—most recently in Chicago, New York, and Boston. Let us know if you would like to attend or help us organize an event in your city. Read about our most recent alumni receptions.


Receive environment-related teaching cases for free. Many cases are available from BEI at no charge. Write to us to request a copy or a previous edition of the Casebook.

Independent Projects

Work with a student on an independent project. Your organization can post options for independent projects that provide second-year MBA students with the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world challenges while they earn academic credit.

Making a “Green” Transition

Take advantage of alumni career coaching resources at HBS.If you’re interested in launching a career transition into green business or other environmental leadership role, HBS alumni resources can help you through career coaching, the alumni resume database, board membership opportunities, and more.

Student-Alumni Mentorship Program

Mentor an MBA student. Help guide HBS students toward a career that addresses environmental risks and opportunities. Our Mentorship Program matches students with alumni based on shared interests and professional background and is tailored to fit a busy schedule. Contact us for more information.

Student Summer Internships

Hire a student for a summer internship or post a job. Consider hiring an MBA student as a summer intern. HBS can help to cover the costs.




Confronting Climate Change: Opportunities and Risks for Midwest Agribusiness
May 15, 2019
Chicago, IL
The Reckoning: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire
March 7, 2019
Confronting Climate Change: Boston-Based Ideas that Can Change the World
February 12, 2019
An Investor's Guide to Climate Change: Disruption and Opportunity
November 13, 2018
Climate Change in South Florida: When to Invest in Resilience
April 19, 2018
The Role of Business Leaders in the Age of Climate Change
February 15, 2018
Environmental Challenges and Solutions in the Food Sector (pdf)
The alumni conference took place March 11-12, 2015.
Innovation in Electricity: Challenges and Opportunities (pdf)
The alumni conference took place April 11-12, 2013.
Investing in Cities of the 21st Century (pdf)
The alumni conference took place March 3-4, 2011.

Reunion Programs

HBS reunions often feature environmental content, so come back to campus or access presentations such as these online:

Climate Change and Business Responses
October 13, 2018
Sustainable Capitalism: An Oxymoron?
Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor
Is "Good Governance" Good for Companies?
Joseph L. Bower, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus; Lynn S. Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration
Rethinking Nuclear: How Can We Change the World’s Cumulative Carbon Emissions Soon Enough?
Joseph B. Lassiter, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, Emeritus; Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Chairman and CEO, RedSea
Urbanization and the Future of China
Meg Rithmire, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Hellman Faculty Fellow