Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business: 2022 - 2026 Strategic Plan

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2022-2026 Strategic Plan


Cover Art: Interpretations of Sustainable Business, multiple artists Commissioned and installed 2018

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About Us The Center is anchored within the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, supporting its vision of being a global leader in education, research, and inclusive innovation to advance business and improve the human condition. Our goals also advance the Institute’s strategic plan focus areas: • Amplify Impact • Champion Innovation • Connect Globally • Expand Access • Cultivate Well-being • Lead by Example We act as a catalyst and connector, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, and entrepreneurs to create an environment where business-driven solutions to sustainability challenges can take shape and thrive. Our Center is named in honor of sustainable business visionary and Georgia Tech alumnus Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011). Ray believed that when done right, business could be a force for good in the world. We are honored to continue his legacy by educating “the Ray C. Andersons of tomorrow.”

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Vision The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business empowers the leaders of tomorrow to create sustainable businesses and communities.

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Our mission is to create and share the knowledge that current and future leaders depend on to drive innovation and to integrate sustainability into their organizations and communities.


Themes The urgency and opportunity for sustainable business practices have never been greater. Our Center focuses on amplifying our students’ passion for problem-solving, our faculty’s cutting-edge research, and the power of industry to create a better world for current and future generations. We work across four thematic areas.

Climate Action We focus on developing strategies to mitigate carbon emissions throughout organizations and supply chains.

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Leadership We incorporate social dimensions and related frameworks on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as human rights to ensure positive business impacts and benefits for stakeholders.

Circular Economy We support a shift from a linear system to a circular model that makes possible the indefinite lifespan of products — from design and production through refurbishment and reuse.

Social Performance and Human Rights We build on investor and industry momentum that recognizes the importance of managing ESG issues, risks, and opportunities for people, planet, and profit. 5


Goals

Engaging Faculty and Industry Scheller College grows as a leader in sustainability research and business engagement.

Preparing Leaders Our Institute-wide programming prepares a growing number of Georgia Tech graduates to leverage business skills and sustainability competencies to drive innovation and address environmental and social impact in their careers and communities.

Educating Students Scheller College graduates report an increased depth of knowledge of global sustainability issues and their relevance to business activities.

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Building Our Reputation The Center is known as an exemplary organization among sustainable business centers globally.


Objectives & Initiatives We will pursue our four overarching goals by working towards five objectives that are supported by targeted initiatives.

Objective One

Expand curriculum and experiential content aligned with Center themes while increasing diversity of participants. Enrich undergraduate and graduate curricula to achieve sustainable business learning outcomes. Increase the number of undergraduates pursuing and receiving the certificate in sustainable business. Strengthen experiential learning offerings and broaden participation. Add new curriculum delivery channels to drive revenue.

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Objective Two

Support sustainability career exploration. Develop resources to help sustainability-focused students navigate their career search. Promote the business skills and sustainability competencies of Scheller College graduates for successful job placement and career transition.

Objective Three

Create, catalyze, support, and disseminate research that advances sustainable business practices. Facilitate connections among Scheller College and other Georgia Tech faculty to initiate collaborations and produce sustainability-related research.

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Connect Center-affiliated faculty and business partners to identify barriers and solutions to sustainability issues and to generate high-impact research.


Objective Four

Amplify the Center’s regional impact and expand its global influence. Facilitate the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact to help practitioners, researchers, and students co-create and apply knowledge that advances climate action.

Objective Five

Ensure excellence in Center operations, staff development, and financial health. Tailor and deliver clear and consistent messaging to successfully engage key audiences. Integrate social sustainability and equity into our activities, programs, and operations. Diversify and grow funding.

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Contact Us Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business 800 West Peachtree Street NW, Suite 4426 Atlanta, GA 30308 acsb@scheller.gatech.edu • acsb.scheller.gatech.edu 404.385.5221 Follow us and keep up with news and events. https://www.linkedin.com/company/acsb/

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