Details for Poole College of Management

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Executive

Institution is part of

NC State University


Raleigh, North Carolina, United States



Sign Up Date to PRME

08 Aug 2016

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

30 Jul 2019

Sharing Information on Progress (2019)

NC State Poole College SIP Report 2017-19 - View Report

Period Covered: Jan 2015 to Jan 2015

Poole College works to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in all our students and we build analytical skills into every program. We team up with real-world industry to inform our research, to engage our students and to focus on relevant business challenges and trends, including driving environmental, social and financial responsibility. We are proud of our PRME efforts, led by the Business Sustainability Collaborative, engaging with students, faculty, and the local and global business communities.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In 2013, the Poole College of Management launched the Business Sustainability Collaborative, an academic initiative that connects students, faculty, and the business community through experiential learning, career development, academic and applied research, and partnership opportunities. BSC develops leaders who can apply research, technology, and critical thinking to drive and measure sustainable business practices. The Collaborative works with faculty to integrate environmental, social and financial responsibility across the curriculum of the Poole College of Management. BSC engages industry to advance and share innovative sustainability practices that lead to positive business results.

The BSC provides funding to support Poole College faculty in developing sustainability focused modules in existing courses. Over the last four years, 15 curriculum development grants have been awarded across departments with the aim of embedding sustainability concepts concepts throughout the curriculum. Based on an annual survey of Poole College faculty, 60% of faculty have incorporated sustainability into their courses based on the 2015-16 faculty survey, up from 49% in the 2014-15 survey.

Poole College offers numerous project-based courses, such as the Consumer Innovation Practicum, Supply Chain Practicum and the Product Innovation Lab, provide students the opportunity to work on real projects related to sustainable business challenges and opportunities. In a College of Design course, LEED Lab, interdisciplinary teams of students explored the criteria and documentation needed to certify Nelson Hall - home of Poole College - under the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system.

NC State students also have a unique opportunity to work with the B Corp Clinic, run by the Business Sustainability Collaborative and the NC State Net Impact chapters. The B Corp Clinic connects students from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University and SKEMA Business School with local aspiring B Corporations to work on semester long consulting projects to assist the client companies on making progress towards B Corp certification. A Certified B Corporation is a for-profit business dedicated to social and environmental impact. The NC State Net Impact chapters has developed a toolkit for the B Corp Clinic as a resource for other chapters to adapt and replicate the program.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Poole College of Management faculty members have deep expertise in a broad range of teaching and research topics supporting sustainable business models including life cycle assessment, supply-chain management, labor and human rights, sustainable consumer behaviour, integrated reporting and metrics, the interaction of businesses and environmental policies, and environmental economics.

Poole College brings together leading researchers in sustainable business to collaborate and identify new research areas. Poole College hosted in February 2016 the second annual Sustainable Operations Management Workshop which brought scholars from across the U.S. to help set a course for the future of sustainable supply chains and operations. The participants, all cutting-edge researchers who are part of an early-career research network, met to discuss important research questions in the are of sustainable operations management and to foster research collaborations. This event was hosted by the Poole College of Management in conjunction with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech, as well as the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative and Poole College Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.

BSC has provided $217K in research grant funding to date to support research ranging from understanding green consumer behavior to exploring innovative new sustainable business models. Examples of research funded by BSC:
- Bradley Lindsey and Andrew Schmidt, “The Economic Consequences of the Formation and Initial Activities of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board”
- Paul Mulvey, Beth Ritter and Bradley Kirkman, "Pay it forward policies at work: Does doing good for others support doing well?”
- Robert Handfield and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya, “Measuring the True Impact of Take-back Legislation in the Electronics Industry”
- Bruce Branson and Donald Pagach, “An Empirical Investigation of the Characteristics of Firms Adopting Sustainability Principles”
- Stacy Wood, Stefanie Robinson, and Michael Stanko. "Sustainable Consumer Behavior: Biochemical Influences on Socially Responsible Consumption."
- Giuseppe Fiori and Nora Traum. "Green Policies, Aggregate Investment Dynamics and Economic Sustainability."

More information about the Poole College commitment to advancing coroprate responsiblity and sustainability is available at

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