CESR (Center for Education on Social Responsibility) is dedicated to developing the values-driven business leaders of tomorrow in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.
CESR’s mission is to develop socially conscious, values-driven business leaders of tomorrow and to become the recognized leader in education on business ethics and social responsibility.
Through the work of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), the Leeds School has the distinction of being one of the only business schools in the country with a substantial infusion of business ethics and social responsibility into the curriculum throughout all years of the business program.
The Leeds School’s reputation as a thought leader in the field of social responsibility and business ethics education continues to grow. Ashoka, the global organization of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, recognized one of CESR's courses' design as an example of best practices in the field of social entrepreneurship.
CESR impacts every Leeds student through required courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels. The Center also delivers cutting-edge business ethics electives such as Sustainable Operations, Business Solutions for the Developing World and Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage, a top-rated course underwritten by the Thomas S. Guggenheim Family which engages students to wrestle with real-life ethical dilemmas presented by visiting executives. CESR prepares future business leaders to meet the ethical, social and environmental challenges of today’s business world. By developing a keen understanding of ethical business leadership, students acquire an ethical compass that helps them discern appropriate actions and conduct business in an informed and responsible manner. For undergraduate business students wishing to focus on the study of corporate social responsibility, CESR offers the Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE) Certificate.