Erb Institute Partnership Projects

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ERB INSTITUTE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS The University of Michigan’s Erb Institute offers Partnership Projects as a tool for businesses to increase resource efficiency, reduce risk and find business value in sustainability through partnering with the institute and its MBA/MS students.


Many companies have sustainability projects on the back burner, and they frequently do not have the bandwidth or resources readily available to take on these initiatives.

Erb Partnership Projects provide an opportunity for a limited number of companies to advance their sustainability agendas by working directly with the Erb Institute and its high-caliber dual-degree MBA/MS students. Businesses can create positive change by tapping into institute resources to help meet their business objectives. The institute matches partners with focused and engaged students who have demonstrated interest in the company’s sector or industry, to tackle both specific sustainability issues and broader strategy questions.

WHAT ARE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT DELIVERABLES? Project deliverables are tailored to meet the company’s needs. The Erb Institute has added value to companies in a variety of ways that support the development and implementation of long-term sustainability initiatives.

DELIVERABLE EXAMPLES: Strategic assessments of current sustainability risks and opportunities at the enterprise and/or industry levels Analyses of emerging sustainability issues to inform long-term planning Reviews of industry-specific best practices Sustainability and go-to-market strategies Decision-making guides to facilitate sustainability integration Stakeholder assessment Tailored sustainability toolboxes, including actionable step-by-step guidance



The Erb Institute provides the necessary resources to achieve desired outcomes on Partnership Projects. In addition to connecting companies with passionate and committed MBA/MS students, the institute offers the following in support of Partnership Projects:

The Erb Institute works with partners to develop clearly defined project outlines, scopes, timelines and deliverables. Partnership Project companies provide:

Staff project management support, including check-in meetings with partners and students

Access to resources, information and data necessary to successfully complete the project

Student travel support

A designated internal point of contact, who will participate in regular project check-ins, facilitate internal introductions and provide ongoing feedback

Suite of Erb Institute toolboxes and historical research to serve as project frameworks

A stipend for students upon project completion (encouraged but not required)

WHY ERB PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS? Through a Partnership Project with the Erb Institute, your company can gain an objective perspective of your complicated sustainability questions and derive tailored assessments and strategies that help you further your sustainability agenda.


ABOUT THE ERB INSTITUTE The Erb Institute is the University of Michigan’s business-sustainability partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Through research, teaching and business engagement, we aim to create a sustainable world through the power of business.

CONTACT US: (+1.734) 647.9799



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