Corporate Knights Revamps its Sustainability MBA Ranking

Ranking now assesses FT-ranked schools in terms of sustainability

The Canadian magazine Corporate Knights has released its 2014 Sustainability MBA Ranking, with some significant tweaks from last year.

This year, instead of conducting a survey, as has been done in previous years, the magazine has instead assessed all 100 business schools currently ranked in Financial Times' Global MBA Ranking in terms of sustainability indicators.

Schulich School of Business

Even with these substantial changes, York University's Schulich School of Business, which has led the ranking since 2009, once again tops the list. The magazine reports that Schulich, after introducing corporate social responsibility elements into the MBA curriculum in the mid-1990s, has continued to integrate sustainability concepts through the introduction of research hubs like the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.

Following Schulich are two more Canadian business schools, the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, and the University of Alberta. Rounding out the top-five are two American schools: Harvard Business School, which launched its Social Enterprise Initiative in 1993, and Yale School of Management, which placed about three percent of its MBA class of 2013 in sustainability roles.

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is in place number six, and is followed by the top European business school in the ranking, the Netherland's Tias School for Business and Society.

The top ten list is rounded out by Georgia Institute of Technology's Scheller College of Business, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and George Washington University's School of Business. 

Although North American schools dominate the top of the list, three schools in the top 20 are from the UK, including Bath University's School of Management (ranked 11), Cranfield School of Management (18), and Lancaster University Management School (20). Besides Tias, another Dutch school made the top 20: Erasmus University's Rotterdam School of Management, which took spot 13.

According to Corporate Knights, the ranking is not an attempt to "belittle" the FT's ranking, but rather, to build on it. "On that note, Canadian schools appear to have found an international strength," says the magazine.

Image: Schulich School of Business by Elango V / Flickr

Comments

ralph    |    Oct 10, 2014 13:25
I have read through the methodology of this ranking and am now questioning its legitimacy. For instance, the ranking gave St. Gallen a "0" score in terms of the CSR institutes and centers that it houses, essentially meaning that there is no infrastructure at the school, when in fact the school has had its "Institute for Business Ethics" since 1989.

I also take issue with the fact that only required CSR courses are counted in terms of the rankings "curriculum" indicator. Illinois College of Business offers a fantastic MBA concentration in corporate social responsibility, but because these courses are not required, it received a "0" score in the ranking.
Reply

Related Business Schools

New Haven, Connecticut 43 Followers 60 Discussions
Edmonton, Canada 48 Followers 52 Discussions
Atlanta, Georgia 14 Followers 29 Discussions
Rotterdam, Netherlands 75 Followers 214 Discussions
Ahmedabad, India 11 Followers 74 Discussions
Bath, United Kingdom 17 Followers 170 Discussions
Vancouver, Canada 59 Followers 93 Discussions
Lancaster, United Kingdom 23 Followers 293 Discussions
Bedford, United Kingdom 42 Followers 362 Discussions
Toronto, Canada 77 Followers 108 Discussions
Ann Arbor, Michigan 39 Followers 85 Discussions
Boston, Massachusetts 79 Followers 200 Discussions
Washington, District of Columbia 34 Followers 61 Discussions
Full Profile
Tilburg, Netherlands 21 Followers 72 Discussions

More MBA News

Apr 12, 2021

Penn State Smeal Partners with the Forté Foundation to Support Women in MBA Programs

Apr 12, 2021

More MBA News

MBA Articles

Pandemic Stalls Progress on Gender Balance at Business School

May 12, 2021

Increased interest in MBA programs, across the board, is raising concerns that progress could go into reverse

MBA Programs Adapt to Stay Open while Keeping Covid Cases Under Control

May 04, 2021

With vaccines being rolled out in many countries, schools expect a full return to campus teaching, as soon as it is safe to do so

What Does Brexit Mean for Recruitment at UK Business Schools?

Apr 19, 2021

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016 the world suddenly looked very different for British universities. What this means for MBA programs is complex.

More Articles

Related Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists