Details for Strathclyde Business School

Participant Status


Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Strathclyde


Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

04 May 2011

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

02 Jun 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

Strathclyde Business School (SBS) PRME report - View Report

Period Covered: Jun 2015 to Jun 2017

SBS programmes introduced since 2015 have been done so with PRME in mind. The current range, from undergraduate to postgraduate, is periodically reviewed to ensure we are addressing these important business issues. Our students learn relevant knowledge and understanding of decisions made in industry which may affect society. We work with public, private and third sector organisations to produce graduates with a responsible management education, and carry out research which leads to positive social impact.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

SBS has taken an innovative and holistic approach to integrating corporate social responsibility, business ethics and personal ethics in the curriculum. All under-graduate students participate on the Management Development Programme (MDP), which runs in each of the first three years of the BA degree at Strathclyde University. Business ethics and corporate social responsibility are at the heart of the MDP.

The third year of the MDP aims to give an understanding of business ethics and develop an ability to identify ethical research dilemmas. It includes modules on Business Ethics and Research Methodology & Ethics. The MDP ensures that every student who graduates from Strathclyde Business School has a grounding in corporate social responsibility.

The Strathclyde MBA is designed to produce “Reflective Practitioners” and includes the themes – the Learning Manager, Governance and Managing – designed to respond to the increasing corporate emphasis on corporate social responsibility and professional practice.

Strathclyde Business School was the first UK chapter of the MBA Oath, a voluntary pledge for graduating MBAs to 'create value responsibly and ethically'. The Oath is intended to make a difference in the lives of students who take the oath; challenge other classmates to work with a higher ethical standard, whether they take the oath or not; and to create a public dialogue about professionalising and improving management.

In 2008 Strathclyde Business School in partnership with the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability launched Europe’s first MSc in Environmental Entrepreneurship.

Strathclyde Business School offers a range of modules in corporate responsibility and sustainability at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels including:
• Environmental Economics
• Managing Diversity and Equality
• Democracy, participation and Involvement at Work
• Social and Community Entrepreneurship
• Ethics in Modern Business
• Corporate Governance
• Accounting and Sustainability
• Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
• Marketing and Sustainability in the age of globalisation
• International Environmental Policy

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Across Strathclyde Business School Faculty actively research issues related to sustainability and CSR. The Business School will prepare a website to present sustainability related publications, research projects , post-graduate doctoral & master theses and knowledge transfer opportunities. Currently staff publications are accessed at

Strathclyde Business School’s Faculty Management Group agreed to champion the development of CSR and sustainability within the Business school. The first stage of development will involve an audit of CSR & sustainability research and knowledge exchange activities across the School and the production of an action plan for change.

Strathclyde Business School faculty play an important leadership role in the Sustainable Glasgow Initiative ( This project is believed to be the first of its kind in the field of sustainability and was the result of a study initiated at University of Strathclyde. Sustainable Glasgow will enable Glasgow to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% within 10 years while creating jobs, tackling fuel poverty and regenerating the city. It is estimated that green energy projects will bring in £1.5 billion of new investment. Capital investment for the projects will come mainly from the private sector and a number of commercial organisations have already indicated their interest.

Strathclyde Business School has ensured that the business community are fully involved in developing and supporting the MDP and that the issues are of real value to business. Part of this class is delivered by senior managers and practitioners from external organisations and it includes solving complex CSR problems.

Strathclyde Business School faculty actively participate in a range of Professional Institution’s Sustainability and CSR developments e.g. Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and in public policy engagements e.g. UNEP, Scottish Parliament. Details can be found in the University newsletter and SBS newsletter

A recent example is the newly launched 'Strathclyde Dialogues' series in the UAE. SBS hosted a conference on Sustainability at its Abu Dhabi centre to an audience comprising alumni, current students and invited guests, from Government, voluntary groups and business.

A core strategic value of Strathclyde University is encouraging staff and students to consider the impact their actions have on others, on society and on the environment. This value is operationalized in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. (See University Strategic Plan Useful Learning 2011-15 A key development in the coming year is to find an appropriate mechanism to articulate these activities to key stakeholders.

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