Students Embark on BU’s Brazilian Field Seminar: Global Sustainability

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March 15th, 2010

Salvador, São Paulo, Paraty, & Rio de Janeiro


Participants on a previous Brazilian Field Seminar site visitJanuary 2 – 14, 2010

As the new decade begins, a group of Boston University MBA students are embarking on the Brazilian Field Seminar, exploring  how business can use technical innovations, management practices, and entrepreneurial initiatives to address challenges in sustainability.

Students will visit the following organizations, among others—putting them face-to-face with issues of economic development and sustainability in agribusiness, the arts, the financial services industry, and more:

  • Mucambu Association, Salvador
  • Project Via Magia, Salvador
  • Odebrecht Foundation, Salvador
  • Natura, São Paulo
  • Prosperity Investments, São Paulo
  • Ocean Future Society / Dow, São Paulo
  • Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo
  • International Paper, São Paulo
  • Bradesco Foundation, São Paulo
  • Vale do Rio Doce, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016 Brazil Olympic Committee, Rio de Janeiro

The goal—to allow students to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of current global sustainability challenges
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to corporate social responsibility in Brazil
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges of a variety of Brazilian sustainable business models and practices
  • Learn how to identify business opportunities for sustainable development that meet the needs of emerging markets
  • Experience the social and cultural context within which businesses and NGOs operate
  • Explore and develop a personal framework related to the role of business in society

More about Boston University School of Management’s International Field Seminars