Our Work


Foreign direct investment can play a crucial role in advancing sustainable development. Investments can catalyze the transfer of capital and technology, job creation, linkages with local industries, infrastructure development, and capacity building. Yet international investments can also pose risks and challenges for host governments and their citizens. The extent to which benefits are realized and problems are avoided depends on the policies of governments and investors, and the institutions available to find satisfactory outcomes for all stakeholders.

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CCSI produces qualitative and quantitative research crucial for advancing the body of knowledge on investment for sustainable development. This research provides a foundation for CCSI’s other activities and for advancing its overarching mission.

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Policy and Advisory Services

Drawing on its interdisciplinary research, CCSI works with governments, the private sector, civil society and communities to formulate and implement policies and practical strategies in support of a mutually beneficial sustainable investment framework.

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Multi-Stakeholder and Expert Dialogue

CCSI serves as a leading forum for high-level global dialogue among scholars, practitioners, the business community, and government regarding key topics in international investment and sustainable development.

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Teaching and Curriculum Development

As an academic center in a leading university, CCSI develops first-rate courses to teach sustainable international investment to students and professionals to help disseminate practical approaches and best practices.

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Resources and Tools

CCSI provides user-friendly resources and tools for stakeholders to help maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development.


CCSI focuses on analyzing important topical policy-oriented issues and constructing and implementing an investment framework that promotes sustainable development and the mutual trust needed for long-term investments that can be practically adopted by governments, companies and civil society. The Center leverages expertise from and shares knowledge with a vast network of policy makers, development advocates, scholars, business leaders and impacted communities committed to maximizing the benefits and minimizing the costs of investment for sustainable development. CCSI also regularly collaborates with other Earth Institute centers and faculty, as well as institutions worldwide, integrating our expertise in law, economics and investment with diverse fields of sustainable development.

The Center undertakes its mission through interdisciplinary research, advisory projects, multi-stakeholder dialogue, educational programs, and the development of resources and tools.

CCSI has also defined a five-pillar framework for sustainable international investment that underpins CCSI’s mission and approach throughout its research and advisory work.

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