CB&S Announces Owens Corning Fellowship Program

The Center for Business & Society, in partnership with Owens Corning, has recently announced the Owens Corning Fellowship Program (OCFP). Each year, a team of select MBA student fellows will develop a corporate sustainability case under the supervision of a Tuck professor. They will interview corporate leaders and stakeholders, gather and analyze data, and use that data to create a case study. The OCFP, in creating a series of business cases, will facilitate ongoing research and information dissemination to a wide audience of business school constituencies, corporate environmental leaders, and the general public about successful, value-creating corporate responses to environmental challenges.

“The fellowship is a unique opportunity for Tuck second-years who want to deepen their knowledge of corporate sustainability strategies, and wish to make a lasting contribution to the teaching of sustainability in the MBA classroom,” said Professor Robert Hansen, Senior Associate Dean and the Center’s Faculty Director.

This year’s fellows are T’14s Difu Li and Brian McKenzie. Both bring essential knowledge and strong skills from their undergraduate degrees and work experiences, high academic achievements, and a passion for environmental impact.“I am confident Brian and Difu will produce an outstanding case,” said Professor  Anant Sundaram, supervisor of this year’s case. “Both have been passionate about their environmental interests since arriving on campus, so this Fellowship represents a high point of their Tuck experience.” This year, the Fellows will present findings of the finished case to a gathering of chief corporate sustainability officers in a Forum at Tuck.

The OCFP will fund the development of sound business knowledge related to the risks and opportunities of environmental and natural capital issues as they affect corporate strategy and value. “Sustainability is a core business strategy at Owens Corning,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning VP, Chief Sustainability Officer. “This commitment starts with our Board of Directors, and runs through the management teams and employees across our global enterprise.  We are very excited about our expanded relationship with Tuck through the launching of this Fellowship Program, and look forward to the contributions of Brian and Difu. We expect that the first Tuck case will not only chronicle the evolution of our sustainability strategy and the company's end-to-end environmental footprint, but also help advance our thinking, and the thinking of MBAs, on how to become a 'net-positive' company as we are currently striving to become.”

By Carole Gaudet, October 9, 2013