Apr 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Graziadio Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Graziadio Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business Practice

The Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Practice allows students to complement their degree with courses and activities that will prepare them to understand the complexities of issues such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics and how these tie into producing a superior product that generates financial growth. The SEER certificate has two components: (1) 8 units of course requirements and (2) service requirements.

The SEER Committee is responsible for approving SEER service requirements and, ultimately, the award of the SEER Certificate. The final capstone deliverable must also pass the Committee’s review in order for a student to receive a SEER Certificate.


Students who complete: 1) the Entrepreneurship concentration (i.e., ENTR 661 , ENTR 662 , ENTR 624 , ENTR 625 ), 2) a business plan (as the final deliverable for ENTR 625 ) that adequately addresses the four SEER macro-values (reviewed by the SEER Committee), and 3) all SEER service requirements (approved by the SEER Committee), will have satisfied the course and service requirements necessary to receive the SEER certificate. All Entrepreneurship courses are SEER certified and the final capstone course for the Entrepreneurship concentration (i.e., ENTR 625 ) substitutes for STGY 645  as the required course for the SEER certificate.

*Must be approved to receive SEER credit.

Service Requirements


Membership in Net Impact. Official members of Net Impact are required to pay dues to the national Net Impact organization.

Choose One

  • Attend Net Impact Conference and Submit Report to Faculty Chair
  • Champion at the Pepperdine Law School Palmer Center Microfinance Program
  • Help Plan and Coordinate a Net Impact Project
  • Help Plan/Assist in a SEER Symposium
  • Help Plan/Assist in the Pepperdine Business Plan Competition
  • Help Plan/Assist in the VCLL Case Competition
  • Help Plan/Assist in a joint VCLL/Career Service Alumni Event
  • Hold a Net Impact, C4C, or VCLL Officer position
  • Participate in Graziadio Without Borders Program
  • Participate in Social Enterprise Week (SEW) Planning Committee
  • Perform 15 C4C volunteer hours
  • Provide Research Assistance to a Faculty Member in a SEER Area
  • SEER-Approved Internship during School (5+ hours/week)
  • Additional SEER Service (subject to approval by the SEER Committee)