Why Sustainable Business?

Businesses face a fluid and changing landscape, one shaped by a variety of factors from shifting market conditions to evolving tastes and technologies to developing customer needs. That’s nothing new. But, today’s companies must ensure they meet these challenges in a sustainable manner that is focused not just on profit, but also on social, environmental and ethical responsibility. 

That’s what the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program is all about – preparing students to lead thriving businesses focused on the next generation, not just the next earnings report. The only one of its kind in the United States, the program allows students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years.

Through the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program, students learn traditional business practices through Southwire’s sustainability tenets of Building Worth, Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back and Doing Right. Instructors weave these ideals into lectures, assignments, projects and experiences, both in the classroom and in real applications as students work alongside members of the Southwire team.

As they build experience in sustainable business practices, students create positive impacts reaching the university, the factory floor, the community and within themselves.