Details for Cotsakos College of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Executive

Institution is part of

William Paterson University


Wayne, New Jersey, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

31 Mar 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

18 Dec 2019

Sharing Information on Progress (2019)

SIP for Cotsakos College of Business - View Report

Period Covered: Jan 2018 to Jan 2020

The Cotsakos College of Business of William Paterson University joined PRME in 2010, and has shared three SIP documents with our PRME peers in 2012, 2014 and 2017. We have made considerable progress in making issues of sustainability and social responsibility the cornerstones of our curriculum, and I am confident that this will be reflected in our SIP, as it has in our pedagogical, research and administrative practices.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

• We are retooling our curriculum to incorporate issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR) into regular courses such as “Principles of Management”, “Business Strategy and Policy” and “International Business”. In addition, we are restructuring our business ethics course to incorporate issues of sustainability in them. In the accounting/finance side, we are incorporating triple bottom line learning in our introductory courses.

• We have offered a variety of “Professional Enrichment” programs, such as seminars on corporate citizenship, faculty research presentations on corporate social responsibility, and are widening our offerings in the areas of CSR and sustainability.

• We plan to partner with local companies that offer initiatives such as internships and practicums on CSR and sustainability programs.

• We are developing executive education programs on the business sustainability, reducing carbon footprints and employee training for sustainable initiatives.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

• Our faculty have published several intellectual contributions on the issue of corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship and sustainability, such as peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and book monographs.

• We encourage travel by our faculty to conferences and workshops that promote sustainability-oriented research. For example, CCOB faculty participated in the Rio Summit in 2012. CCOB members also presented sustainability-related papers at the Academy of Management meetings in August 2014.

• We continue to organize internal conferences and workshops in the College to bring sustainability initiatives and research to the notice of our faculty, and to foster interdisciplinary cooperation on CSR, citizenship and sustainability issues. We organized a “Sustainability Day” on the COB campus in 2013 as well as 2014, and we hope to make that an annual tradition, and involve other researchers, academics and corporate researchers in our activities.

• The College of Business is proud to partner with our parent, William Paterson University, in a variety of initiatives that put sustainability on the front and center of its strategy, and we strive to incorporate this in our research as well. For example, on October 21, 2010, William Paterson University (WPU) dedicated the largest solar panel facility that exists on any university campus. The vast array of photovoltaic cells that dot the university’s parking lots and rooftops is likely to produce 3.5 megawatts of clean, low-cost energy, which will account for 15-20% of the University’s energy needs, and save them over $4m over the next 15 years. The CCOB faculty are writing and talking about those initiatives in case studies and research seminars.

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