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.

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Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Programs

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.


  • Program Administration
  • Enrollment Standards
  • Program Overview
  • Our Students
  • Program Administration
    Melanie Hildebrant
    Melanie Hildebrandt
    Instructor of Economics
    Richards College of Business
  • Enrollment Standards

    Future Students:

    A limited number of spaces are available and are allocated on a competitive basis.  Considerations include:

    • High School GPA
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership potential and/or commitment to the community

    Current Students

    Selected participants must do the following to remain in the program:

    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Continue to enroll in Honors courses
    • Follow outlined curriculum plan
    • Complete all required extracurricular components
  • Program Overview

    Participants will complete a BBA in Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Real Estate, a Masters of Business Administration, and a certificate of Sustainability in only four years. There will also be numerous opportunities for service learning and hands-on experiences.

    Southwires Sustainable Business Honors Program
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    2015-2016 Cohorts

    Meet Our Students 




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