Griffith University’s MBA program scored 16th in the recent Corporate Knights Better World MBA ranking, making it the only program in the Asia-Pacific region to rank in the top 20.
The Top 40 of the Better World MBA ranking were programs that equip their graduates to understand sustainability issues and solve business problems in an interconnected climate in which environmental and social issues directly affect businesses, and for which businesses play a key role in solving.
Griffith MBA Director Associate Professor Chris Fleming said he was delighted the program had been recognised for their commitment to producing graduates who are equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.
“This ranking is a reflection of the Griffith MBA core values of responsible leadership and sustainable business practices and the hard work of our academic staff to making sure these core values are embedded throughout,” he said.
The ranking, which has been published annually since 2002, evaluated instruction and research in sustainability from a base universe of the top 100 schools on the Financial Times Global MBA rankings, and invited all other accredited MBA programs (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) to opt-in.
Eligible programs were assessed on the number of core courses, institutes and centres, and faculty research produced in the last three years related to sustainability, including corporate responsibility, human rights and ethics.
These schools were assessed on three indicators: curriculum, institutes and centres, and faculty research. Data for these three indicators was collected from publicly available sources.
This year, Corporate Knights evaluated 134 programs, nine per cent more than in 2016. Of these programs, 70.9 per cent boast dedicated courses in the subject area for their MBA students.
CEO of Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps said businesses are re-orienting their strategies to align with the sustainable development goals for a fairer, greener planet.
“The Top 40 ranked Better World MBA programs are training grounds for future business leaders who want to be part of the monumental shift.”
This year’s top ten was rounded out by Copenhagen Business School, Duquesne University, TIAS School for Business and Society, MIT Sloan School of Management, the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business and McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.