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The Pepperdine SEER Certificate

SEER Certificate

Master of Science in Human Resources

What is SEER?

Today, businesses know that being a responsible corporate citizen is not an option. Organizations need leaders who understand the complexities of issues such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics – and how these tie into producing a superior product that generates financial growth.

The Pepperdine certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy, led by Pepperdine Graziadio faculty, Rob Bikel, allows students to complement the full-time MS in Human Resources degree with courses and activities that will prepare them to:

  1. Incorporate their own values and ethics into a successful career in 21st century business
  2. Apply SEER values to companies large or small, across a diverse range of industries
  3. Lead the next wave of great organizations

Recipient of the coveted Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula.


The SEER Difference

Great products or service are embedded with the SEER values from the early product development stage or idea generation. The values are not simply “added on” to the product or service before launch. Many sustainable graduate business programs have focused attention on “the triple bottom line” – People, Planet, Profits. While this is a formidable start, the SEER Certificate program goes a step beyond and adds a fourth factor to the equation: Product – because delivery of a quality product or service is essential for a sustainable competitive advantage in any business.

These four macro-values – Corporate Social Responsibility (“People”), Environmental Stewardship (“Planet”), Financial Strength (“Profits”), and Product/Service – illustrate the crux of the SEER philosophy.

These values do not operate in isolation. Rather, they function as a system with many areas of overlap and interaction. Decision-making is rarely, if ever, guided by one of the four values individually.