Sustainability and the MBA courses – see the ranking

31/10/2011 / Kaj

More universities worldwide offer MBA courses that give students a more integrated academic platform for economic, ecological and social objectives. One of the most developed systems for an integrated approach in the corporate sector is the Global Reporting Initiative, which has for years been developing practical experience of education systems. But, it is surprising that there is still no fundamental structures in the political system that integrate the Sustainable and Green issues in their national accounts (GDP).

The Universities and MBA courses should play a more active role to inspire the political sector. In todays Financial Times, Sarah Murray, wrote about  how former chief executives are teaching MBA students how to build social and ethical concerns into corporate strategy. This is a necessary thing to do, but the society need a model that define stakeholders role in the political sector perspective.

Different stakeholders have to be accountable for its role to build a sustainable society and maybe the MBA student will be a voice in this debate? See the interview with Johan Rockström, Stockholm Environment Institute and Anders Wijkman former Member of European Parliament

See also Beyond Grey Pinstripes – which is a research survey and alternative ranking of business schools that spotlights innovative full-time MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum.

This ranking is the result of over 18 months of rigorous research – designing the survey, outreach to MBA programs around the world, data collection and analysis – looking at how well MBA programs incorporate social, environmental and ethical issues into the training of future business executives. Approximately 12,000 courses and faculty research abstracts and 4,000 examples of institutional support were collected from 149 participating schools.

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