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The Sustainability Initiative

The Sustainability Initiative - Curriculum


Darden offers numerous elective courses and Global Learning Opportunities that focus on sustainability and ethical leadership/decision-making. Coursework includes essential tools for developing a successful sustainability strategy, such as stakeholder engagement and systems thinking. 


  • Residential MBA

    At Darden, we are committed to preparing future business leaders to take on the toughest global challenges, including those surrounding sustainability. Below is a list of our 2023-24 sustainability courses. These courses can be used to satisfy the academic requirements for the ESG Concentration. To view our sustainability case studies visit Darden Business Publishing. Executive MBAs can also take electives within the ESG and Social Impact focus area. Visit the EMBA website for more information.

    Strategic Communications (7605)

    Strategic Corporate Governance (8013)

    Transforming Societies (8022)

    Sustainable Global Value Chains (8053)

    ESG Investing (8471)

    Managing Sustainability from the Inside Out (8065)

    Talent Management (8155)

    Strategic Sourcing (8163)

    Impact Investing (8497)

    Managing International Trade and Investments (8174)

    Business Ethics through Literature (8203)

    Marketing and Society (8205)

    Markets, Governments, and Society (8325)

    Business-Government Relations (8330)

    Women, Gender & Work: Leadership Stories & Career Narratives (8341)

    Communicating Financial and Sustainability Performance (8395)

    People, Purpose & the Power of Relationships (8412)

    Growth and Business in Emerging Markets (8535)

    Darden Returning Citizens Reentry Program (8602)

    Global Economics of Water (8626)

    Understanding the Nonprofit Sector (8627)

    Feminism, Work & Economics (8695)

    Leadership, Diversity and Leveraging Differences (8706)

    Technology & Ethics (8755)

    The Economics of Money and Banking (8759)

    Global Collaboration in an Uncertain World: The Role of Washington, DC (8920)

  • Darden Global Learning Opportunities in Sustainability

    Global immersion courses are 7-day courses led by Darden faculty outside the United States. Each course includes classes with practitioner presentations as well as onsite visits to companies, governmental agencies, and cultural sites.  Below is a list of sustainability-focused courses that have been offered by Darden. To learn more visit the Global Immersion Course webpage and to see the most up-to-date offerings review the course directory.

    Brazil: "Technology and Sustainability in Business"

    Costa Rica: "Sustainability and Ecotourism"

    Sweden: "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability"

    South Africa: "Lessons from South Africa on Public-Private Sector Cooperation to Grow an Economy"