• The Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB)

    The Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) at the Schulich School of Business is a global leader in creating and disseminating new knowledge about the social, ethical, environmental and political responsibilities of business. It is one of the reasons why Schulich is ranked number two in the world in teaching responsible business by such publications as Corporate Knights. Drawing on over 40 faculty experts from across the school, COERB is one of the world’s largest and most influential academic centres dedicated to triple bottom line thinking.


At the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (COERB) we can call on more than 40 faculty experts, conducting research in Responsible Business and a dedicated administrative team. Included amongst this group are the members of the Sustainability Area.

Advisory Council

COERB’s Advisory Council is comprised of senior leaders with high level experience and knowledge of responsible business and with a commitment to enhancing responsible business practice through education and research. Its function is to:

  • Provide high level strategic advice and guidance on the direction and activities of the Centre in line with its core mission and values;
  • Contribute specific expertise on key issues, sectors, and knowledge areas within the remit of the Centre;
  • Serve as a bridge for developing knowledge transfer between the Centre and its key constituencies in business, government, civil society, and academia; and
  • Act as a catalyst for developing new research projects, teaching programs, and sources of funding to maximize the relevance, sustainability and impact of the Centre.

Members include:

  • Bill White (Chair)
    CBW Associates Inc.

    David Clarry
    Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
    Hudbay Minerals Inc.

    John Coyne
    Vice President, Legal and External Affairs and General Counsel
    Unilever Canada Inc

  • Frances Edmonds
    Director, Environmental Programs
    Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

    Dave Frederickson
    Vice President, National Business Development
    Long View Systems

    Christian Haub
    CEO, Tengelmann Holding
    President & Chairman
    Emil Capital Partners LLC

    Paul Klein
    Founder and President

  • Bob Mann

    Susan McGeachie
    Global Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services

    Sarah Winterton

Schulich Representatives

  • Markus Biehl
    Schulich School of Business, York University

  • Charles Cho
    Professor of Accounting and Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability
    Schulich School of Business, York University

  • Dirk Matten
    Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility
    Schulich School of Business, York University

  • Robert Phillips
    Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and George R. Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics
    Schulich School of Business, York University


Few schools in the world can match the depth, diversity and quality of Schulich’s research on ethics, sustainability and CSR. From investigations of competitive social strategies, to sustainable supply chain management, responsible consumption, and auditor ethics, Schulich research on responsible business is research that makes a difference – through its impacts on academia, on practice, and on society. Learn about some of our exciting research projects, and discover the innovative approaches and fresh insights that research at the Centre delivers.

Faculty and Research

Student Clubs

The Centre works with a number of vibrant student led clubs and organizations at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels.  Getting involved with these organizations will help you make the most of your studies by providing opportunities for networking, learning and fun.

Net Impact Schulich

Corporate Social Responsibility Society

Social Impact Management Association (SIMA)

CIM Student Chapter

York Sustainable Enterprise Consultants (YSEC)

Contact Us

Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business
Schulich School of Business
Rob and Cheryl Graduate Study and Research Building, Room G324
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

T: (416) 736-5268
E:  email