Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM)

The Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at Leuphana University Lüneburg is an internationally operating centre conducting research, teaching and continuous education in the fields of entrepreneurial sustainability management, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social entrepreneurship.

The Centre analyses causes, structures and processes of environmental, social and sustainability related problems applying concepts and methods of business management, entrepreneurial and environmental sciences. It develops integrated, sustainability solutions for companies, the economy and society by creating integrative ecological, social and economic approaches to sustainability management and entrepreneurship.

How can sustainability performance in and of companies be measured effectively and efficiently? What are relevant framework conditions for effective CSR and sustainability management? How can stakeholder relationships be managed effectively? These and other questions are examined by CSM that also deals with practical up-to-date issues such as supply chain management, biodiversity management or social businesses.

CSM offers a distance learning  MBA in Sustainability Management - the first Green MBA worldwide and the leading programme for sustainability management and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Centre is furthermore involved in developing programmes and courses on CSR and sustainability management at Leuphana University Lüneburg and other universities.

Graduation ceremony MBA Sustainability Management ©Centre for Sustainability Management, Anna Lorscheider
[Translate to Englisch:] Logo Centre for Sustanability Management (CSM) ©Leuphana Universität Lüneburg/Katrin Eismann
Workshop Innovation Network aiming at Sustainable Smartphones (INaS) ©Leuphana/Patrizia Jäger

Research Activities

Sustaina­bi­li­ty Ma­nage­ment
Prof. Dr. Stefan Schaltegger

Sustaina­bi­li­ty Eco­no­mics and Ma­nage­ment
Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch

International Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. Steffen Farny

Visiting Professor of Sustainability Business Metrics
Prof. Dr. Roger Burritt

Honorary Professor
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Rodney Irwin


More information on the current and completed projects of the CSM can be found in the research database and on the pages of the researchers.


The CSM provides input into numerous curricular programmes and courses on CSR and sustainability management at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and at other universities. Since 2003 the CSM offers the MBA in Sustainability Management as continuous education program to educate and support ‘change agents for sustainability’ in business.

The Centre makes a substantial contribution to on-campus degree programmes at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. It offers the Leuphana Sustainability Entrepreneurship Certificate (L-SEC) as a voluntary, study-integrated course to support Master-level students at the Leuphana Graduate School in tackling sustainability problems.

More information on the programmes of study can be found at the schools: College, Graduate School, Professional School.

Further information on these courses offered by the CSM can be found in the student portal myStudy.

Students can find information about studying at the CSM here.


Leuphana University Lüneburg
Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM)
Universitätsallee 1 / Building 11  
21335 Lüneburg, Germany
Fon +49.4131.677-2181
Fax +49.4131.677-2186