CBS Sustainability aims to initiate, conduct and disseminate groundbreaking research within the broad field of sustainability and to publish this research in high quality journals and other excellent outlets with high impact.

Who are we

The overall objective of CBS Sustainability is to maintain and develop its position as an internationally renowned and leading knowledge hub for the study of sustainability, and to bring that knowledge to sustainability transitions.

To that end, the Centre continues to stimulate the production of world-class research, teaching, and outreach activities that are of high relevance to academia, practice and society in general.

With a faculty and staff of approximately 30 people, including more than 10 full professors, CBS Sustainability comprises one of the largest concentrations of sustainability-related research in academia.

The work of the centre is summarised in the figure. It is active in five research groups and in an integrative theme:

CBS Sustainability strategy figure

Purpose: To nurture knowledge for sustainability transitions.

Strategy: To work to be known as a leader in nurturing sustainability knowledge in research, education and policy/practice according to respective key performance indicators. It operates as a single centre (e.g. events, communication, big picture knowledge, team building), it also operates through its several groups (Sustainable Governance, Consumer & Behavioral Insights, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Communication & Organization, City Solutions) which reflect different disciplinary strengths and issue focuses (e.g. paper development, grant applications, more specialized events). The Centre’s current theme is Sustainability Transformations.

Networks and collaborations

The centre’s faculty is actively engaged in networks and collaboration with faculty from the international research community, including researchers from the world’s best universities within the area of sustainability, both within and outside of Europe.

The centre’s cross-institutional research engagement includes being a founding partner of the Academy of Business in Society (EABIS, Europe) as well as active participation in international associations such as the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). The centre has sponsored several sub-themes at EGOS and contributed lead coordinators to the Standing Working Group ‘Business and Society’.

Our history

In 2002, the Centre for Corporate Values and Responsibility (CVR) at CBS was founded based on faculty research interest in corporate values and an increasing interest in corporate social responsibility.

The centre’s faculty grew to embrace CSR as its primary research interest, and in 2007 the centre’s name was changed to the CBS Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (cbsCSR) to reflect this change.

In a move that further cemented CBS’ commitment to social responsibility, the school became a signee to the U.N. Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in 2009 and established the CBS PRME office.

In 2011, CBS established the Business in Society (BiS) Platforms to generate knowledge about the complex relationship between businesses and society. One of the first of these platforms, the Sustainability Platform, engaged in research, education and outreach activities which focused on sustainability across CBS.

In 2014, the VELUX Chair in Corporate Sustainability was established to explore sustainability at the interface between private enterprise, public policy and civil society, and the World Class Research Environment Governing Responsible Business (GRB) was established to conduct research on the link between responsible business and governance.

The Sustainability Platform expired in 2016 and its work was continued under the multidisciplinary organizational unit CBS Sustainability, which promoted and coordinated sustainability efforts at CBS.

In 2018, the cbsCSR centre was relaunched under the name CBS Sustainability, becoming the central gathering point for sustainability-related research, teaching and outreach at CBS.


Get in touch

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For general inquiries, please direct your questions to sustainability@cbs.dk.

The centre itself is based on the CBS campus Dalgas Have on the second floor of the building.

The address is Dalgas Have 15, Frederiksberg 2000.


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CBS Sustainability
Copenhagen Business School
Dalgas Have 15
2000 Frederiksberg
Email: sustainability@cbs.dk