GAIN YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE

At the Erb Institute, we work with companies to help them make better business decisions, drive change and create innovative sustainability solutions. We use the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame our work with companies aiming to bring together business and global stakeholders for climate action, social sustainability and economic growth. We partner with companies to help them realize business opportunity from the more than $12 trillion in market opportunities that analysts estimate the SDGs will create.

Research Partnerships

Collaboration is a critical part of making progress toward the SDGs. As an academic institute, we partner with companies to tailor research they can use in decision-making, in the form of real-world sustainability solutions and strategies. We create lasting collaborations with our company partners to turn thought leadership into practical action through Partnership Projects and Collaborative Research.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS:

WORK WITH TOMORROW’S SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS

Advance your sustainability agenda by working directly with the Erb Institute and our dual-degree MBA/MS students from a Top 10 MBA program, through a Partnership Project. These research projects deliver tailored assessments and strategies to help you meet your business objectives. We will match you with focused and engaged Erb Institute graduate students to tackle pressing business challenges and broader strategy questions.

EXAMPLE PROJECT DELIVERABLES:

  • Sustainability and go-to-market strategies
  • Decision-making tools and frameworks
  • Stakeholder assessments

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH:

WORK WITH LEADING BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARS

Position your company as a thought leader in sustainability through Collaborative Research. These long-term partnerships deliver science for action through various platforms: science-based sustainability strategies that align with your business goals, workshops to build your company’s leadership capacity on the latest sustainability research, and tools to help you make better decisions for lasting impact.

EXAMPLE RESEARCH DELIVERABLES:

  • Tailored sustainability toolboxes, including actionable, step-by-step guidance
  • Analyses of emerging sustainability issues to inform long-term strategy
  • Strategic assessments of current sustainability risks and opportunities at the enterprise and/or industry levels

Partner with Erb on Collaborative Research or Partnership Projects: CONTACT MELISSA ZAKSEK, RESEARCH AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP MANAGER

Executive Education

Named a Top 10 executive education provider by the Financial Times for the fourth year in a row, Michigan Ross Executive Education provides transformational experiences that help companies realize their true capacity to innovate, collaborate, create and lead. In partnership with Ross, the Erb Institute offers a wide range of custom executive-education programs—from two-hour executive briefings, to two-week skills-development workshops, to months-long culture-change initiatives—to help companies build internal capacity and culture for sustainability strategy and execution.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXECUTIVE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

DESIGNED TO MEET YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS

One size does not fit all. Work with our leadership team to develop an executive education program tailored to your unique business challenges. Whether you’d like to focus on empowering “intrapreneurs” to spark innovation and lead change or equipping executives and managers with a road map to better align decisions with business objectives, we will work with you to define the faculty, sessions and materials that will best suit your needs.

Our programs are implementation-friendly and results-oriented. They cover business and sustainability essentials like leadership, triple-bottom-line decision-making, stakeholder engagement, public policy, resilient business strategy, metrics, impact and reporting.

SAMPLE SESSIONS:

  • Welcome to Your New Sustainability Portfolio: A Guide for Freshly Minted CSOs!
  • Triple-Bottom-Line Decision-Making for Sustainability Strategy and Action
  • Finding Business Value in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Uncovering Stakeholders and Unlocking Value Through Engagement
  • Building Internal Culture for Sustainability
  • Passion, Purpose and Profit: Business Leadership in the 21st Century

Partner with Erb on Executive Education: CONTACT JOE ARVAI, FACULTY DIRECTOR

Conversations With Consequence

ERB HELPS YOUR CONVERSATIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCE.

Many critical conversations about sustainability happen in a vacuum—and even worse, they never lead to management action. At the Erb Institute, we aim to broaden those conversations and then take the next step—toward consequential action. We work with companies to host collaborative workshops, roundtables, panels and conferences that are designed to generate action. We convene leaders from across sectors to delve into specific subject matter, empowering them to plan how they will integrate sustainability into their business models, industry strategies and cross-sector partnerships.

Partner with Erb to Convene a Conversation With Consequence: CONTACT TERRY NELIDOV, MANAGING DIRECTOR