The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2024!

Businesses have a vital role to play in solving social and environmental issues through innovation, market development, and entrepreneurship.

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise works with faculty associated with the Business of Sustainability Theme who are at the forefront of research, teaching, and engagement related to helping businesses address these problems. We provide students distinctive experiential learning opportunities and collaborate with organizations to help to tackle the grand challenges of our time, such as climate change, ecosystem degradation, and poverty.

Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise BusinessFeed

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June 27, 2024

From Combat to Clean Energy: Securing America’s Energy Future

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise celebrates 20 for 20 honoree Kevin Johnson, MBA ’09, cofounder of Caelum Ventures.

photo of Natalie Grillon sitting on a park bench with a 20 for 20 graphic identifier overlaid on the photo.
June 6, 2024

Using Open Data, Natalie Grillon Makes Supply Chains Collaborative and Transparent

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise celebrates 20 for 20 honoree Natalie Grillon, MBA ’12, CEO of Open Supply Hub.

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May 7, 2024

Beyond the Present: A Journey to Identify Future Risks Imperiling Humanity

Marcus Lee, MBA ’24, describes his internship at Quantum Risk Analytics, a nonprofit that aims to steer humanity away from unseen perils.

Research With Impact

Vicki Bogan

Vicki Bogan

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Sarah Wolfolds

Sarah Wolfolds

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Intersectionality and Financial Inclusion in the United States

AEA Papers and Proceedings, 112, May 2022


There is a rich microfinance and development economics literature that addresses financial inclusion issues in developing countries around the world. Yet limited attention has been given to issues surrounding financial inclusion in developed countries, despite financial systems in developed countries far from being totally inclusive. Recent estimates indicate approximately 8.4 million US households are unbanked (ie: do not have an account at an insured financial institution), with an additional 24.2 million US households classified as underbanked.

In this research, Bogan and Wolfolds look at drivers of this financial exclusion, and focus on intersectionality, specifically the intersection of race and gender, to better understand the probability of being unbanked and underbanked in the US. They find that Black women are significantly more likely than Black men or any other group to be unbanked or to be underbanked. Further, they find limited wealth, rather than fees or trust, is more frequently cited by Black women as the main reason why they do not engage with the banking system.

Save the date for the annual 2023 Cornell Energy Connection at the NYC Cornell Tech Campus. — Event Details:
Friday, November 22, 2024
9:00am - 5:00pm EST -05:00
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Center Projects Spanning the Globe

The Center provides hands-on learning opportunities for graduate students interested in learning how businesses address environmental and social problems through innovation and enterprise. Click on the map to learn more about the diversity of companies and types of challenges we work on.

Michael Arsnow (MBA '19)

My best decision at Johnson was joining SGE. Hands down!

Mikey Arsnow, MBA '19
Mercedes Moran

The SGE program is more than a class, it is a community building exercise. We worked hard but also played hard while learning about win-win solutions for business and the world.

Mercedes Moran Enriquez, MBA ‘20

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ Land Acknowledgment for the Ithaca Campus

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.