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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Advancing Ethics in Business for More Than 40 Years 

Although Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has recently become a hot topic in business, the Graziadio School has placed focus on CSR for more than 40 years. In fact, the very core of the Graziadio School mission is based on CSR.

We call it values-centered leadership.

CSR is woven into all aspects of a Graziadio School education, including curriculum, student clubs and activities, campus events, and faculty research. Some of these issues include:

  • Sustainability and environmental stewardship
  • Ethics in business
  • Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise
  • Service to community
  • Global corporate citizenship

CSR Highlights

 SEER Certificate

The program in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy allows students to earn a certificate in corporate social responsibility along with select degrees. Under the direction of lead faculty, Dr. Robert Bikel, students learn how to apply SEER concepts to business through four macro-values: CSR, environmental stewardship, financial strength, and product/service. Recipient of the prestigious Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula.

 SEER Symposium

The Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Symposium is an immensely popular annual event that brings students and social entrepreneurs together with inspirational business leaders who have achieved success using the SEER lens. Speakers include socially-conscious business leaders who have successfully combined profitability with social responsibility in the production of their own quality product or service.

 Top Ranked in CSR

The Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking included the Graziadio School as part of its "Global 100" list. The international research survey is an alternative ranking of business schools that spotlights innovative MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum.

 Students Making a Difference

Student organizations on campus are dedicated to values-centered leadership. Pepperdine's Net Impact chapter is part of a national organization of MBA students dedicated to using the power of business for the greater good. And Challenge for Charity helps raise funds and volunteers for Special Olympics and other charities.

 Research Focus on Values

One of the Graziadio School's strategic goals is to enhance thought leadership by creating and promoting innovative ideas and concepts that generate value for business and society. Our faculty members engage in research that encompasses these ideas. For example, Dr. Augus Harjoto's research in CSR earned him the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing and was published in the Journal of Business Ethics. Dr. Kevin Groves' paper on "Leader Ethical Values" won a Best Paper nod at the Western Academy of Management Conference. Our peer-reviewed journal, Graziadio Business Review, publishes faculty articles on ethics and CSR in every edition.

 Center for Sustainability

Pepperdine's Center for Sustainability engages in practices to minimize the impact on our environment and to instill an eco-minded awareness in students. The Center continually works to improve the University's environmental practices and remains steadfast in its focus on sustainability through communication, practice, and education.

 Sustainable Partnerships

The Graziadio School partners with nonprofit organizations such as the Sustainable Business Council to present events including a "Green Jobs" internship fair and the Sustainable Industries Economic Forum.