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Prize stresses immediate climate action

Image of campus and the Campanile with the Bay in the distance.To spur the global market to act faster to address the climate change crisis, Haas has launched the Sustainable Business Research Prize.

The $20,000 prize, administered by the Center for Responsible Business (CRB), seeks to recognize the most significant research papers that hold the greatest potential to catalyze immediate change in business management practices related to responsible business, sustainability, and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues.

Additionally, the prize will motivate thought leadership globally and add to the body of knowledge and intellectual capital in the role of business in society.

Support for the prize comes from Allan Spivack, MBA 79, the former president & CEO of RGI Home. Spivack has long been at the vanguard of sustainable business and serves on the CRB’s senior advisory board.

“My intention in creating the Sustainable Business Research Prize is to provide a platform in which the urgent conversations around climate change and industry can meet the moment,” Spivack says.

Prize winners will be selected by Dean Ann Harrison and a panel of Haas faculty members. For Harrison, business—and business schools—are crucial to leading a transition to a sustainable world.

“It is business that is mobilizing the vast amount of capital and innovation needed to create successful environmental solutions at scale,” she says.