Details for Cardiff Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Sign Up Date to PRME
11 Jan 2016
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2016)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Cardiff Business School has recently implemented an innovative and progressive strategy that concentrates on the delivery of public value. Whilst this approach recognizes the School’s obligation to deliver economic value, it emphasizes our commitment to social improvement through interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement that is directed towards the grand social challenges of our time.
The School is committed to developing theory and turning it into practice in order to achieve economic and social improvement. The School has the skills, resources and resolve to make a major impact. In pursuing this progressive and innovative agenda, Cardiff Business School will become globally recognized as the first business school dedicated to the delivery of Public Value.
Within its undergraduate and postgraduate provision, the Business School offers a number of modules which incorporate (either explicitly or implicitly) ethics and its broader context of corporate social responsibility. For example, examining the concept of corporate social responsibility within the context of the ecological environment, raising awareness of business ethics and the dilemmas raised by internationalization, discussing the role of HRM in promoting ethical management practices, and exploring topics such as corporate greening, fair pay, work life balance, the relationship between business and communities. As the School is responsible for educating future generations of consumers, investors, entrepreneurs, leaders and decisions makers, these modules provide a useful vehicle to empower students and graduates to contribute to the sustainability agenda of the University and society as a whole.
In being mindful of its societal responsibilities, Cardiff Business School also fully subscribes to the University’s sustainability agenda. The School’s People Committee, that takes a holistic approach to matters pertaining to staff and students within the School, is accountable for the School’s integrated framework on safety, health and the environment (SHE).
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The School undertakes research on sustainability and corporate social responsibility that feed into our research-led teaching activities. The School led the Cardiff University ESRC Center for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) from 2001-2012, which remains an active research grouping within the inter-disciplinary Sustainable Places University Research Institute established in 2010. BRASS has a number of research programmes, including Sustainable mobility, Valuing ecosystem services, Sustainable food and Sustainable communities.
Sustainable Places’ raison d’être is the creation of “A meeting place for world-leading sustainability science, focused on exploring innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.” Within Sustainable Places the School leads on “Adaptations around motilities, flows and migration” research theme, which aims to understand the implications of the dynamic flows that occur within and between places and ecosystems.
Examples of recent papers from School colleagues who have published on sustainability and corporate social responsibility include, in 2015 alone;
• A relational, transformative and engaged approach to sustainable supply chain management: the potential of action research. Human Relations
• Billett v MOD and the meaning of disability in the Ogden Tables. Journal of Personal Injury Law
• Consumer behavior analysis and the marketing firm: bilateral contingency in the context of environmental concern. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
• Devolution and disabled workers: the experiences of union Equality Representatives in Wales. Industrial Relations Journal
• Investigating the drivers of corporate social responsibility in the global tea supply chain: a case study of Eastern Produce Limited in Malawi. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
• Love me, love me not: A nuanced view on collaboration in sustainable supply chains. Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management
• More sustainable automotive production through understanding decoupling points in leagile manufacturing. Journal of Cleaner Production
• The adoption of the materiality concept in social and environmental reporting assurance: A field study approach. The British Accounting Review
• Theories in sustainable supply chain management: a structured literature review. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
The School was also a contributor to the 2010-2015 $42.5m Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) programme, with $22m cash funding by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ASTUTE “offers Welsh enterprises (based in the convergence region) the opportunity to collaborate with world-class academic and industry experts in the fields of Engineering, Science and Business to generate cutting-edge, sustainable solutions to real manufacturing problems.” Between 2010-2015, ASTUTE assisted 300 different companies, created 173.42 new jobs, created 12 new enterprises, induced private sector investment of nearly $16m, launched 375 new products, processes or systems (PPS), registered / patented 47 PPS, and created / improved 34 Environmental Management Systems and 30 Equality Systems. The final, independent evaluation concluded that the return on investment of the ERDF grant awarded to ASTUTE has produced a return on investment in excess of $330m.