Guelph Sustainable Commerce Program Meets UN Responsible Management Principles

I recently discovered the UN  Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).   Under the coordination of the UN Global Compact and leading academic institutions, the PRME task force developed in 2007 a set of six principles which lay the foundation for a global platform for responsible management education.  The purpose of the initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

It is clear that in the current academic environment, corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but have not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. The Principles for Responsible Management Education are a timely global call for business schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities.

New ON-Line Sustainable Commerce Program at the University of Guelph

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Guelph’s ON-Line MBA in Sustainable Commerce is recognized by the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education

That is why the University of Guelph’s new ON-Line MBA in Sustainable Commerce is something special.  The University of Guelph is recognized for its commitment to Building a Better Planet along with its specialized MBA programs in food, agribusiness, hospitality and tourism.

Guelph’s newest MBA in sustainable commerce builds on these strengths, capitalizing on a growing corporate interest in all things sustainable, driven by social awareness and changing employee expectations, consumer preferences and demands by shareholders.

The vision of the University of Guelph’s business school is to develop leaders for a sustainable world.  “We believe that business – done well – is essential to economic, social and environmental health and the development of sustainable organizations and communities.  This belief is consistent with our membership in the UN’s champions group of the Principles for Responsible Management Education,” notes Patti Lago, Manager of CME Executive Programs.

Of the over 500+ business schools from around the world that have become signatories to the UN’s Principles of Responsible Management Education, Guelph’s business school is one of 28 that have been recognized by the UN as leaders in integrating principles of sustainable commerce within a business curriculum.

Lago says that Guelph’s MBA in Sustainable Commerce is designed for practicing managers who:

  • believe in sustainable value creation and social enterprise;
  • have been tasked with providing leadership for their organizations in the area of sustainability, or
  • are interested in having such responsibility in the future.

“It will also be of benefit to managers in any functional area who want to better understand the implications of a corporate social responsibility agenda for their role, enhancing their ability to contribute to the achievement of their organization’s evolving strategic directions,” says Lago.

Guelph’s MBA in Sustainable Commerce has been designed to provide students with a solid grounding in contemporary management theory, taught through a sustainability lens.  Students will explore what corporate social responsibility and sustainability mean in today’s business context, as well as develop the skills to become organizational leaders who can inspire change and contribute to the creation of sustainable and ethical enterprise.

According to Lago the program will be of benefit to practicing managers interested in advancing their careers in organizations and communities in which sustainability has or will soon become a key business objective. Strategic capability in the area of sustainable commerce can be an important differentiators on the job market.  It will also be of benefit to those interested in providing the leadership for helping bring such change about.

Applications are currently being accepted for our May 2014 On-line MBA and September 2015 On-Campus MBA offerings.

To learn more please refer to the following link: https://www.uoguelph.ca/cme/mba.

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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