The Center works closely with Japanese companies and organizations looking to create new business opportunities by strategically addressing social and environmental challenges either locally or globally.

As the third largest economy in the world, Japan has the potential to have significant impact on environmental and social issues both domestically and internationally. As a strategic partner, the Center helps Japanese companies develop new businesses and talent capabilities by connecting them to groundbreaking research, customizing innovative solutions, and co-creating sustainable business ecosystems with diverse stakeholders. By leveraging their success in innovation and technology, and refocusing on new markets, companies have the potential to reposition themselves as leaders in sustainable enterprise.

Current projects include:

  • Developing original market solutions for clean cookstoves in low-income communities
  • Connecting traditional Japanese artisans to business value chains through the creation of new applications and unique opportunities
  • Creating learning opportunities for next-generation managers to nurture their imagination and innovation mindset for future markets