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Details for University of Greenwich Business School

Participant Status

Basic

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Institution is part of

University of Greenwich

Location

London, United Kingdom

Website

http://www.gre.ac.uk/business

Sign Up Date to PRME

09 Sep 2016

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

07 Sep 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

University of Greenwich Business School SIP report 2018 - View Report

Period Covered: Sep 2016 to Sep 2018

The process of producing the first Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) has been an extremely valuable exercise for the University of Greenwich Business School to undertake. By the next reporting date we aim to achieve greater awareness of the UN PRME initiative among our staff and students. The PRME principles have been included in the new Learning Enhancement plan of the School, seeking to initiate and complete projects on education provision, research and engagement activities.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Business Faculty in the University of Greenwich has a long tradition of embedding CSR in the curriculum. In the five departments within the Faculty, various initiatives have developed over several years regarding integrating corporate responsibility and sustainability. Our postgraduate programmes aim to develop business leaders of the future while approaching responsible leadership by embedding creativity, practicality and social resourcefulness, in the curriculum. This is transferred to practical knowledge and personal development by students organising and delivering annual conferences which focus strongly on sustainability in business.

At the undergraduate level, we have an extensive list of devoted modules which encourage students to explore the issues of CSR and, notably, sustainability. For example, Business Ethics and CSR, Ethics and Corporate Governance, Sustainability in Business, Sustainable Transport, Environmental Economics, Ethics and Social Theory in Communications. At the postgraduate level, along with our international partners, we offer modules such as Ethics in Leadership, Banking Systems and Ethics, Regulation, Compliance & Ethics in Financial Markets, International Corporate Strategy, Sustainable Development and CSR, Global Business and Sustainability, and, Supply Chain and Logistics Management: Strategies and Sustainability Issues. During the last set of quinquennial programme reviews, sustainability content became compulsory across the Faculty.

The new programme designs marked a fundamental change in the way learning outcomes are planned, exposing students to the areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability which will encourage responsible leadership in the future. Future programme reviews will continue to emphasise the focus of sustainability in business even more, both enriching the curriculum as well as seeking integration with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, promoting volunteering, engagement in initiatives such as the social enterprise competition and involvement with the community at large.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Within the Business Faculty, the main elements of sustainability and corporate social responsibility are researched. The research in these areas then form part of the teaching strategy, in that, research-led teaching is encouraged to enhance the course syllabus.

Sustainable development relates to almost all areas of research and the activities in every research group. The research groups in the Business Faculty, where sustainability has strong relationships also have good links with industry and the local community. One example of how our research groups support sustainability is the Public Services International Research Unit’s (PSIRU). The work of PSIRU includes social, economic and political aspects of privatisation and liberalisation in water, energy, waste management, healthcare and social care, focusing on issues such as corruption and public enterprise.

There have been projects looking at water and sanitation in developing countries; finance, development and poverty reduction; closed-loop supply chains, vehicle emissions and social accounting.

Examples of specific projects include:

1) Developing the needs of local communities such as the MA Logistics consultancy project. The project worked on building mobile schools in flood-prone areas in Malawi; aimed to increase the chances and opportunities of female students to attend school. The target was achieved with an increase of 4% to 9% attendance.

2) Research revolving around the interaction between finance, development and poverty reduction. Large-scale research projects have advanced knowledge in the quest for effective financial services and mechanisms that can contribute towards reducing poverty in developing countries. Research has been applied in a variety of contexts, including urban micro-enterprises, fisheries communities, agricultural smallholder farmers and larger multinational organisations. The value of this research has become evident in a large number of peer-reviewed publications, conference papers and workshop presentations, which have produced a positive impact on academia, practice and policy-making, and have guided the industry towards effective ways to combine finance with other inputs.

The Business Faculty will continue to support local communities by providing consultancy help and supporting research projects in the areas of CSR.

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