The Fowler Center is a leader in scholarship and research on business as an agent of world benefit. Discover some of the research initiatives and case studies the Fowler Center coordinates, find opportunities to learn more about sustainable value, or serve as an intern or fellow in the field of sustainability.
A forthcoming management book from Fowler Center members, Quantum Leadership (anticipated release 2019) will feature a digital platform, global practitioner conferences, executive workshops, alliances with like-minded leaders & organizations, blogs, and journal articles.
AIM2Flourish for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is a worldwide action-research initiative that uses Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to learn more about the role of business in society. The best of the uncovered innovations are profiled on AIM2Flourish.com and will be celebrated and recognized at the 4th Global Forum in 2017. (The 2002-2015 World's Inquiry Innovation Bank is now a historical repository for research and academic purposes.)
Case Study Library
Search sustainability-themed business cases that serve as teaching resources for faculty across management disciplines
Featured Case Study
The Fair Trade Story (A, B, C) (A) The Discovery of Charity Trade; (B) The Foundation of Café Direct; (C) From Charity Spin-off to Gourmet Coffee
This case traces the evolution of fair trade, from ‘charity trade', i.e. the sale of objects produced in developing countries with little functional value to the sale of functional, and often organic products to developed countries, the increasing role of alternative trade organisations in providing minimum prices, finance, training and other trade ‘premiums’ which are necessary tools for marginal producers to gain access to the global market; the role of consumer support.