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Details for Westminster Business School

Participant Status

Advanced

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Westminster

Location

London, United Kingdom

Website

http://www.westminster.ac.uk

Sign Up Date to PRME

08 May 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

13 Jul 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

Westminster Business School SIP Report - View Report

Period Covered: May 2015 to Jun 2017

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Westminster Business School is committed to embedding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable “green thinking” into all of its activities and has started to adopt the 6 Principles of Responsibly Management Education (PRME) as the mechanism to focus its thinking and actions.

Principle 1

Our vision is to gain worldwide recognition as an internationally-facing, professional, and research-engaged business school and our mission is to facilitate the development of the business and management careers of our students in a complex and uncertain professional world.

Implicit in our mission and vision is the recognition that our students need to develop an ethical social conscience. We do this by drawing on our applied research, practitioner expertise and management development experience to offer a wide range of business and management programmes. Designed for the global marketplace and based in Central London, our courses enable a diverse community of students, staff and other stakeholders to engage with academic, professional, and research communities. This is aligned with Principle 1 to develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

Principle 2

The values underpinning all of our activities and thinking are outlined in the School’s strategy:

• we are courageous and bold enough to question ideas, provoke new ways of thinking, strip away the superfluous and focus on those things at which we can excel;
• we seek to be connected and create a collegial environment in which we are engaged with our stakeholders;
• we are committed to being generous and promoting diversity and equality of opportunity for all staff and students;
• we understand the importance excellence as demonstrated through critical thinking, discipline and responsibility, and we expect the very highest standards of ourselves and our students;
• we are committed to the concept of sustainability both in our teaching and in our operational practices;
• we are committed to rigour and seek to recruit and develop staff and students of the highest quality as people are our primary resource;
• we will ensure that our activities demonstrate rigour as they are carried out to the highest ethical standards.

Our values are aligned with the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact in that we promote diversity in our staff and student communities, our employment practices and procedures conform to the highest standards, we are aware of the need for “green thinking” and are striving to introduce it into all of our operations and we are against all forms of corruption. Going forward we are working with the University’s Estates office to manage our carbon footprint more effectively, improve the adoption of “green transport” practices amongst our staff and students, further reduce the School’s energy use and adopt more sustainable operations.

For example, the school’s vision, mission and values focus on developing the business and management careers of our students and the professional focus of our courses explicitly requires students to develop an ethical social conscience, while the adoption of educational technology has enabled the school to deliver its programmes in a more sustainable manner by reducing the amount of paper used.

Principle 3

We are committed to the concept of sustainability both in our teaching and in our operational practices. An understanding of the impact of sustainability and ethics is embedded in our curriculum with many modules addressing the issues. Examples of such modules include: Strategic Management, Green Logistics and Procurement, Managing Diversity and Equality in Employment, Learning in Context – Integrated Governance, Compliance and Law in Banking and Insurance and Development Economics and Policy. Indeed some modules go further than covering the theory and require students to implement sustainable and ethical practices. For example on our flagship MBA programme, the Social Entrepreneurship module requires students to spend two weeks in a developing country advising local charities.

We are currently engaged in a Learning Futures programme where we are reviewing our undergraduate programmes to deliver a transformative and inspiring learning experience for students. In our new undergraduate programmes being launched in September 2016 all final year students will have to take a compulsory module on Global Strategic Management. Students will all be able to demonstrate an awareness of social, ethical, and legal constraints facing organisations.

Our commitment to sustainability also extends to our teaching operations. Through our adopting of digital learning technologies and blended learning teaching methods we are improving the sustainability of our curriculum delivery. In the past year, we have significantly reduced our paper consumption through only providing digital versions of handbooks and teaching materials, the use of on-line submission of assignments

We are constantly reviewing both our curricula and operational procedures to ensure that they promote effective awareness and learning of CSR, governance and sustainable issues.

Principle 4

Within the School, research activity takes place in a number of ways. There are formal research groups focusing on diversity and gender equality and sustainability in the construction industry.

However, research also takes place in the form of supervised postgraduate student projects. In the last year we have seen an increase in the number of students wanting to address issues of CSR, governance and applying lean thinking to company operations. In the case of Executive MBA students, their project reflects changes taking place within their own organisations.

We expect our research expertise in this area to increase over the next few years.

Principle 5

As a professionally focused business school we have links with a wide range of business and professional organisations. Through these links and working with our partners we are able to gain a better understanding of the business challenges associated with these issues and ensure that our curriculum reflects them. A further advantage of our partnerships is that we are able to keep abreast of and influence cutting edge thinking on these matters. We invite speakers from industry to give guest lectures to our students and further instil the practical issues of CSR into our graduates.

Principle 6

As an educational institution we are committed to contributing to the wider debate with all stakeholders and disseminating the results of our research. We do this through a wide range of activities including attendance at conferences, participation on public committees, participating in guest lectures and specialist forums.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

We believe that Westminster Business School is currently implementing the 6 principles but we recognise that we must adopt a process of continual improvement. In applying for membership of PRME, we believe that this demonstrates our committee to achieving this. We intend to play an active role in the UK and Ireland Chapter of PRME.

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