Business school sustainability centres are helping to train the next generation of leaders. The Success Stories below feature educational initiatives of centres around the world. Each story includes activity impacts and provides guidance for implementing something similar.

Success Stories give diverse examples of centre strategies for creating responsible future managers, including:

1. Creating new courses and programs

2. Embedding sustainability into existing programs

3. Providing sustainability-focused exchange and service learning opportunities

4. Empowering students to make real-world impact through supervised projects

5. Engaging students to co-organize educational events

Theses activities have directly benefitted centres: growing student enrolment, building international reputation and improving positioning in third party sustainability rankings. Empowered students have had real-world impact: e.g. reducing the carbon footprint of local businesses, impacting US sustainability policy and doubling seed funding through socially responsible investment.

To share your centre’s Success Story, email Chelsea Hicks.



Sustainability Curriculum Consortium: Join the movement!

Centre directors, Faculty members and deans passionate about sustainability curriculum development are invited to join a new consortium that meets annually. The 2015 meeting was coordinated by the Center for Education on Social Responsibility and Executive Director Mark Meaney discusses the consortium's objectives and activities.

 

Beyond Saddlebags: An MBA with Sustainability at its Core

In most business programs sustainability is an add-on.  It appears as an elective course, module or certificate.  That is not the case with the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) at the University of Vermont (UVM).  SEMBA Co-Directors Stuart Hart and David A. Jones describe the program and its development, and offer advice for sustainability centres looking to launch a similar program.

 

Seed Sustainability Early (Part II): Inspire youth by engaging high school students

Want to inspire the next generation to lead sustainably?  Start early.  That’s the approach of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Silberman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University.  ISE engages high school students directly by organizing case-based sustainability challenges. These events help students better understand sustainability, while also meeting high school curricular requirements for problem-based learning.

 

Seed Sustainability Early (Part I): Magnify your impact by teaching teachers

Want to inspire the next generation to lead sustainably?  Start early.  That’s the approach of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Silberman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University.  ISE offers professional development for primary and secondary school teachers, equipping them to teach sustainability.  This has enabled ISE to reach 1500 students. Read about ISE's processes, outcomes and advice for engaging teachers.

 

Create Award-Winning Undergraduate Programs: Lessons from McGill University

Integrating sustainability into management curricula is a complex endeavour. Sustainability is rooted in systems thinking, which crosses disciplinary boundaries. The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University engaged with this complexity to create two new Managing for Sustainability programs.

 

Leveraging Your United Nations PRME Report as a Roadmap to Educational Innovation

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) are six principles designed for educational institutions to integrate sustainability into education. The Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley shares their school-wide process for putting together their first PRME report and offers advice for those interested in joining PRME but are intimidated by the thought of putting it together.

 

Collaborative Case-Writing Benefits 100,000 Students

In 2001, 10 business schools banded together to form the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN). SEKN members have published over 70 case studies on Latin American and Spanish (Ibero-American) companies, satisfying a need for locally relevant material. But the power of SEKN’s work goes beyond the number of cases it publishes.

 

How to Benefit Students and Communities through a “Wealth Building Practicum”

To investigate the possibility of social change through education, three schools from the University of Maryland system have piloted an innovative experiential learning practicum that places students at the heart of community development initiatives. The initiative, a partnership between the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. School of Business, the School of Social Work, and the Francis King Carey School of Law, embeds students in the process of developing community-based worker-owned cooperatives.