Details for Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Sign Up Date to PRME
12 Jan 2012
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
16 Jul 2015
Sharing Information on Progress (2015)
Period Covered: Apr 2013 to Apr 2015
Deakin University understands the importance of and is committed to embedding corporate social responsibility and a strong commitment to responsible and sustainable development into tomorrow’s leaders, not only through our educational offerings and engaging research projects but through modelling the PRME at every level of the organisation which is a significant focus for Deakin.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Sustainability is a core commitment at Deakin University. The commitment is articulated in all apsects of the University operations including buildings, facilities and operations. In particular, sustainability is a core commitment of the curricula. Therefore, it is expected that the curricula content will include a focus on issues of sustainability and how they impact on business, government and the community sector. To ensure that this is occurring, the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning has conducted a major mapping exercise across all undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in the Faculty of Business and Law. This has identified by program where sustainability and corporate repsonsibility is being taught. Where there has been a gap in this area, the academic staff members responsible for that program have been required to amend the curriculum for that subject to include sustainability and CSR (where appropriate).
In addition, we have two graduate attributes dedicated to sustainability and CSR. These are:
GA3: awareness of ethical issues, social responsibility and cultural diversity
GA4: awareness of environmental sustainability issues and the contribution of the field of study to address such issues
As part of the major mapping exercise, academic staff who have responsibility for entire programs have had to identify where in their program the graduate attributes are being taught and assessed. We are currently undergoing an Assurance of Learning process which ensure that not only are these graduate attributes taught in every program, but that students are formally assessed which ensures they have absorbed and can analyse and make recommendations on these topic areas.
This is being rolled out as a continuous quality assurance project on an ongoing basis.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
We have a research centre, the Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations, dedicated to research in this area. It comprises of nearly 30 members with various ongoing research projects related to carbon emissions, sustainable management and the economics of sustainability, sustainable management, corporate social responsibility and ethics. The Centre has recently undertaken a national conference on sustainable governance which included more than 60 academics and practitioners. We also have a number of researchers within the Faculty of Business and Law who have published books and have ongoing research projects. We have a large Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project on risk management of carbon emissions.