Details for Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Institution is part of

Wilfrid Laurier University


Waterloo, ON, Canada


Sign Up Date to PRME

25 Jul 2016

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2016)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Over the last few years we have explicitly integrated corporate responsibility and sustainability across our curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level programmes. Our initiatives align with PRME principles 1, 2, and 3. Briefly:

• Schelgel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation offers concentrations that include courses in Social Entrepreneurship - the process of starting a new business dedicated to tackling social or environmental issues.
• We have a concentration in Business and Sustainability for the Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) students. BBA students graduating with this concentration take four courses from amongst Business Strategy, Transportation and Facilities Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Management for Operations, Environmental Economics, and Marketing and Society.
• Students in other streams of specialization also take some of the above courses relevant to their specialization. For example, Marketing students can take the Marketing and Society course.
• In collaboration with the Balsillie School of International Affairs, we offer a Masters of International Public Policy (MIPP) in which students can focus on two of four key areas of public policy: human security, environment, international economic relations and global governance.
• MBA students participate in Aspen Institute's International MBA Business & Society Case Competition ( In the six-year history of this prestigious competition, the Lazaridis team has placed First three times (2011, 2014, 2015).
• Lazaridis students work with the University of Waterloo Alternative Fuel Team (UWAFT) and participate in the EcoCAR challenge.
• Faculty are involved in writing cases, developing pedagogical tools, and integrating CSR, Business Ethics, and Social Entrepreneurship as topics in courses throughout the undergraduate and MBA programmes. In addition, Ethics, Technology, and Organizations is a required course for students in the Business Technology Management field, and we offer a MBA course on Ethics and the Conduct of Business.

Our future plans, in keeping with PRME principles 1, 2, and 3, include:
• Strengthening all the activities we are currently engaged in (and are listed above).
• Deepening the presence of CSR and sustainability in all required courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Increase business student activities in relevant on-campus clubs such as EcoHawks and the Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG)
• Integrate Community Service Learning practicum into appropriate courses.
• Collaborate with the on-campus Sustainability office to develop student-led projects.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In keeping with PRME principles 4, 5, and 6, we have already embarked on CSR and sustainability related academic research and knowledge development with companies. Briefly,

• The Proctor & Gamble Centre for Business and Sustainability sponsors research on multi-sector collaboration and policy and governance innovation for sustainability. It also sponsors Sustainable Waterloo Region’s annual workshops/events, and supports the Lazaridis MBA Net Impact chapter.
• Top management of Unilever Canada, a leader in CSR and sustainability, spent a day and a half interacting with faculty and students on topics of CSR and sustainability.
• BBA students participated in the IKEA Canada Sustainability challenge.
• Lazaridis students participate in Enactus, a non-profit global organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.
• Faculty conduct academic research on business ethics, social innovation, consumer power, consumer health and welfare, recycling and other such topics. This research is presented at conferences and published in top level academic journals.
• As a required component of the MBA programme, students act as consultants to firms. Several of these projects deal with CSR and Sustainability issues.
Our future plans, in keeping with PRME principles 4, 5, and 6, include:
• Strengthening all the activities we are currently engaged in (and are listed above).
• Provide greater institutional support for academic research on CSR and sustainability topics.
• Support student research (in the form of either independent studies, theses, or major research papers) on topics related to CSR and sustainability.
• Host workshops and symposia to facilitate conversations and collaborations between faculty researchers and the corporate sector.
• Explore the possibility of a required component to the undergraduate programme where students, under the supervision of faculty, act as CSR/sustainability consultants to local businesses.

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