Details for College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Derby


Derby, United Kingdom



Sign Up Date to PRME

18 Sep 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

21 Sep 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

Derby BLSS SIP 2017 - View Report

Period Covered: Sep 2015 to Sep 2017

The Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report for the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, UK. The first SIP report as signatories.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Derby Business School strongly embed the notion of sustainability and corporate responsibility into all of their programmes by promoting responsible management practice. Learners from undergraduate to doctoral level (including executive learners) are encouraged to act as critical decision-makers capable of assessing the sustainability and responsibility of their decisions, practice and professional conduct.
• Through financial management education, such as our ‘Integrated Reporting and Circular Economy’ module (BA Accounting and Finance), learners study the principles, impact, performance management and metrics of a ‘circular economy’ (e.g. circularity assessments). Other modules in our Financial Management portfolio include: ‘Sustainability, Governance and Audit for Accountants’
• From an operational management standpoint, modules such as ‘Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability’ and ‘Sustainable Business Operations’ provide learners with knowledge of international business challenges and social, sustainable, legal and environmental performance. Operations Management students undertake environmental audit projects in SMEs for instance. Further modules that strongly support responsible management practice include: ‘An Introduction to Operations Management’ and ‘Managing Performance in Operations’
• In marketing, students have undertaken collaborative studies into ‘the sustainable high street’ in several locations within the county. ‘A Sustainability and Ethics in Marketing’ (UG) module also specifically considers sustainability and ethics.
• Through professional practice education learners are encouraged to hold a strong sense of personal identity with the courage to challenge and uphold integrity. Examples of modules include, ‘‘Professional business skills’ (BA Business Studies); ‘Developing Professional Practice’ (MSc HRM); ‘Developing the Professional Self’ (DBA). Leadership education has played a significant role in the School’s history and we have many leadership academics, and professional executive and leadership coaches working to develop responsible and professional leaders. Our CMI-accredited MBA includes a ‘Contemporary Challenges in Leadership and Management’ module and leadership is taught at all academic levels.

In addition, specific content relating to sustainability themes can also be found in modules such as:
• Ethics and Social Responsibility (UG)
• Innovation & Knowledge Transfer (UG)
• Small Business Start-up (UG)
• Systems Thinking & Process Improvement (PG)
• Entrepreneurial Management (PG)
• Strategic Management (PG)

Future initiatives:
• Redesign of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Derby Business School will include further embedding of sustainable business practice.
• Our ‘Business Innovation for a Low Carbon’ group are working with the Carbon Trust, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Programme Leaders to ensure programmes reflect our commitment to sustainability and the increasing importance of the low-carbon sector to the local, regional and national economies.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Derby Business School’s ‘Business Improvement’ Research Centre includes a particular remit for low carbon research, and this is fulfilled through the ‘Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy’ group.

The ‘Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy’ group:
• Offer a wide range of expertise in low carbon, business innovation and sustainability and undertakes practical and applied research, supports business innovation (in particular for SMEs and the leadership of low carbon innovation across supply chains, localities and public services), helps businesses share knowledge and connect expertise across the low carbon sector, evaluates sustainability of green strategies in various organisational and sectorial contexts, and carries out environmental audits.
• Hold events such as an ‘International Low Carbon Research Workshop’ in Mexico (February 2015) with the British Council and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technologia (CONACYT), and a ‘Low Carbon Procurement Conference’ in June 2014.

Derby Business School also have several PhD researchers studying low carbon themes such as:
• the use of RFID technology to promote low carbon/green logistics systems
• optimising distribution networks based on carbon foot-printing
• a circular economy approach to a supply chain challenge
• carbon accounting

Further, our ‘Centre for Supply Chain Improvement’ is internationally recognised for it’s expertise in areas including lean and agile manufacturing, quality management, responsive supply chain, low carbon/sustainable supply chain and logistics, and cost and system optimisation. The dissemination of their research as well as its embedding in the curriculum provides a strong sense of sustainability through systems improvement. Academics from within this group are on the editorial board for the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience which champions knowledge sharing on the themes of CSR and sustainable supply chains.

Future initiatives:
• The ‘Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy’ is in the process of publishing a co-edited book focusing on ‘Supporting the shift to a low carbon economy in the East Midlands’.
• Following on from collaborative research with two local councils into the Low Carbon Economy in our area, Derby Business School are leading a collaborative bid with local councils for European funding to support local SMEs to improve energy efficiency and access low carbon supply chains.
• We will also be further developing work on a range of individual projects; such as action research into approaches to de-carbonising the schools estates in two local authorities and reducing waste in food supply chains.
• We are also working with the local Chamber of Commerce and Local Enterprise Partnership to plan and deliver conferences and support events targeted at SMEs seeking to enter low carbon supply chains.

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