Details for London Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
London, United Kingdom
Sign up Date To PRME
01 Apr 2008
Last Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
19 Jul 2012
Sharing Information on Progress (2012)
Sharing Information on Progress (2010)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
As a relatively small school with a potentially huge impact on current and future business leaders, we are striving to establish an efficient and effective approach to raising business leaders’ capacity to understand and manage the business-society relationship.
All of our full-time MBA (http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba.html) students experience a core course on business and society, and our executive MBA (http://www.london.edu/programmes/executivemba.html) students in London and Dubai enjoy a core course in corporate responsibility and ethics. This provides approximately 700 students a year with an overview of why and how to manage extra-financial elements of business performance, including issues ranging from corporate governance to global poverty to climate change. Elements of sustainability are also being integrated into other courses such as strategy.
We offer successful electives taught by award-winning faculty members in areas such as social enterprise, the future of work and sustainable financing. We have a growing number of students choosing to do examined projects on aspects of corporate responsibility. London Business School students also have the opportunity to participate in electives at University College London on topics such as sustainability, governance of the commons and climate change.
In addition to formal teaching, we believe that students need to come into contact with aspects of corporate responsibility and sustainability outside of the classroom. As a member of the Pears Foundation Business Schools Partnership, we help organise a high profile annual lecture on aspects of business in society by senior business leaders such as Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint (HSBC) and Sir Andrew Witty (GSK).
Our students are engaged in various aspects of corporate responsibility. The Responsible Business Club not only runs regular events on facets of corporate responsibility from microfinance to sustainability, it also provides advice to young social entrepreneurs, and is an active part of the entrepreneurship community in London. The Energy Club holds frequent events about alternative energy and other aspects of the low carbon economy. The Energy, Responsible Business and Finance Clubs also run joint events and initiatives to expose students to areas such as sustainable investing and impact investing.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The school hosts an annual Global Leadership Summit (http://www.london.edu/newsandevents/eventsoverview.html), and the European rounds of the Global Social Venture Capital Competition (http://www.london.edu/facultyandresearch/subjectareas/strategyandentrepreneurship/competitions.html). It provides judges for the Marks & Spencer Sustainable Retailing Challenge.
The school is also a partner in the Pears Foundation Business Schools Partnership promoting a culture of philanthropy, public service and corporate responsibility amongst business leaders of the future. This is the latest in our work producing high quality teaching materials on ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability, and has so far resulted in nine case studies. It builds on the school’s lead role in the book of case studies, Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility (Palgrave). Faculty have also published management books on the future of work, and popular text books on business in society including Corporate Responsibility (2011) – a category winner in the Chartered Management Institute’s book of the year award – and Business and Sustainability (2012).
Our faculty are involved in research and corporate engagement in environmental, social and governance issues. We are host to British government-funded research on climate change energy policy, and a major Centre on Corporate Governance. Other faculty from the Dean to professors of finance, organisational behaviour, strategy, marketing and innovation have published on aspects of the role of business in society, and indeed the role of the business school.