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Global Sustainability Leadership Institute

Making Better-Informed Investment Decisions

96% of the world’s largest 250 companies reported on sustainability in 2020. $1 in $3 of global assets under management (AUM) are invested based on ESG principles.

Environmental, Social, Governance

Racial inequities have cost the U.S. economy more than $16 trillion over the past two decades.

Growing Interest

$20 trillion more is expected to be invested in ESG funds over the next two decades. 75% of Millennials seek sustainable products.

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About The Global Sustainability Leadership Institute

The Global Sustainability Leadership Institute, formerly known as the Social Innovation Initiative, acts as UT-Austin’s hub on campus for innovation in social and environmental impact. The Institute is managed by The McCombs School of Business and is built in partnership with The Moody College of Communication. Our work focuses on corporate sustainability, sustainable finance, impact innovation and infrastructure, and sustainability communications. The GSLI team prepares future leaders to address societal and environmental challenges through any career path and to promote the regenerative possibilities of purposeful and responsible business. We reach students and community members through experiential learning programs, courses, community events, career support, and research. We are also excited to offer a new Minor in Leadership in Global Sustainability starting in the Fall of 2022. A full list of our program offerings is below, and you can learn more about each program through the tabs above.

Our Mission: The GLSI develops leadership and solutions that address critical sustainability challenges and shape an inclusive, regenerative global economy and society.

Our Vision: A world where profits and purpose meet to drive positive change.

Learn more about our programs here!




  • Signature courses
    • Social Impact Practicum
    • ESG Investing
    • Investing in Philanthropy
    • Food and Nutrition Social Entrepreneurship
    • Finance for Social Innovation
    • Impact Investing Practicum
  • Continuing and Program Education
  • Career and Community Workshops
  • Alumni in Impact events
  • Impact Chat speaker series
  • Trailblazers in Impact Speaker Series
  • ClimateCap
  • The Innovator Newsletter
  • Graduate Social and Sustainable Innovation Council (GSSIC)
  • Undergraduate Social Innovation Council (USIC) 



Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability

Products, programs, and practices that take into account environmental, social, and governance considerations, in traditional corporations or new forms of business such as B-Corp or Benefit Corporations. Such efforts work toward a "triple-bottom line", aiming simultaneously for an increase in profit, benefits to the environment, and benefits to the people that interact with companies.

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG Investing: The systematic and explicit inclusion by investment managers of environmental, social and governance metrics into the investment screening process.

  • E: Environmental criteria focus on a company’s stewardship of the natural environment and include issues like greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and natural resource depletion.
  • S: Social criteria focus on all people who interact with a company throughout its value chain, from employees to suppliers to the communities within which the company operates. Examples of social issues include workplace health safety, labor practices, and relations with local communities.
  • G: Governance criteria focus on a company’s leadership, audits and internal controls, and shareholder rights.Examples of governance issues include bribery and corruption, business ethics, and board diversity.

Impact Investing: Targeted investments, typically made in private markets, aimed at solving social or environmental problems, and including community investing, where capital is specifically directed to traditionally underserved individuals or communities, as well as financing that is provided to businesses with a clear social or environmental purpose.



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Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

The practice of starting new ventures that seek a clear social or environmental purpose, in addition to financial returns. Social entrepreneurship entails a revenue-generating model in order to be sustainable, but the enterprises they create focus first and foremost on "mission-related impact." These businesses can include nonprofits with income-generation models, hybrid businesses, and for-profit businesses.

Public & Social Sector Innovation

Public & Social Sector Innovation

Social innovation by governments, governmental agencies, nonprofits, or NGOs acting directly or in partnership with private sector organizations. Examples include private investors providing capital for innovative government programming, nonprofits with earned-income models, or collective-impact initiatives.



SII Impact Continuum

Upcoming Events

January 27th, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TSIC Impact Entrepreneur Fireside Chat
January 29th, 2022 8:30am - 12:00pm
LIFT Camp - Introductory Impact Skills
February 1st, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TSIC Workshop 3: Building an Impact Business Canvas Model
February 2nd, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am
MBA Coffee Chat

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