Michael Toffel

Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Harvard Business School

Professor Toffel is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Faculty Chair of the Harvard Business School Business and Environment Initiative, and is course head of and teaches the Technology & Operations Management core MBA course.

Toffel's research examines companies' management of environmental affairs and occupational safety, identifying which types of management programs and regulations improve environmental and safety performance. His work ranges from academic articles based on econometric analyses of large datasets to case studies of individual companies. His research on occupational health and safety has been profiled by the head of U.S. OSHA and featured in the national press including US News & World Report, and Scientific American.

His research has been published in top scholarly journals including Science, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organization Science, and in mainstream outlets including The Atlantic Monthly and Newsweek/DailyBeast.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Talk Green, Play Dirty: Corporate America’s Mixed Record

In December 2020, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions issued a letter calling on President-elect Biden to return to the Paris climate agreement, and work with Congress on ambitious, durable and bipartisan solutions. The letter was signed by 42 American companies, including Amazon, General Motors and Walmart, and called climate action “a business imperative.”