Details for Sauder School of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education


Institution is part of

University of British Columbia


Vancouver, BC, Canada


Sign Up Date to PRME

11 Dec 2014

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

11 Dec 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

UBC Sauder PRME SIP - View Report

Period Covered: Dec 2016 to Dec 2018

2018 UBC Sauder PRME SIP

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

UBC Sauder School of Business recognizes that business has a purpose beyond traditional profit-maximizing motives. It emphasizes the potential for business to generate large-scale positive change, and this mentality is seen in its students as well as its faculty. Over the years, this emphasis on value-driven approaches has only become further reflected in the school, in everything from its curricular development to its organizations and initiatives.

Recent examples include:

• New elective courses developed for the MBA program: “Innovation and Sustainability” and “Social Entrepreneurship”. The latter involves MBA student teams working with a venture from the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub to provide industry analysis, idea validation, and consumer research.

• Undergraduate students are introduced to themes in sustainability and ethics in a first-year core course: “Business Fundamentals” and again in a senior level course: “Business and Sustainable Development”. There are additionally 11 elective courses in sustainability and ethics which students can choose from individually or as part of a Sustainability “Concentration”.

• Every year, the number of students who enroll in responsible business courses increases, with over 250 undergraduate students enrolled in eligible Sustainability Concentration courses in the 2016/17 school year alone.

• Experiential opportunities for students to make positive societal change in real world settings are imbedded through such program elements as the MBA Global Immersion and B-Clinic, Master of Management (MM) Community Business Project, and Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Africa. Student-led experiential opportunities include the Sauder Philanthropy Project, Strategy Consulting Initiative, and Enactus (UBC Chapter). Enactus runs four initiatives, including consulting services to non-profit organizations and a Launch Incubator for student-led social enterprises.

• The Sauder Philanthropy Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the practice and impact of philanthropy by growing and administering their own research endowment with a goal to fund projects fueling research in sustainability. The Program’s mission is to: Promote the growth of the next generation of philanthropic leaders and advance sustainability research in support of societal change.

• The Ch’nook Program is a joint initiative of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and the Sauder School that provides business education opportunities for Aboriginal participants.

• In 2014, the School established the UBC Sauder Ethics Initiative, a cross-disciplinary group of research and teaching faculty which collaborates with course instructors and student clubs to host lectures, speaker series, and workshops. The Ethics Initiative has worked to integrate a lecture on ethics within core undergrad Marketing and Managerial Accounting courses.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In 2016, UBC Sauder launched the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. The centre’s aim is to create a leading international voice in the application of ethical perspectives in business. The centre provides a focus to UBC Sauder’s diverse approaches to advancing business ethics and values-driven business practices locally, nationally and around the world. While in its early stages, the centre strives to develop a global research hub for business ethics. The ethics research conducted through the centre will be highly diverse, touching on subjects such as the strategic value of corporate social responsibility, or the application of individual moral and ethical principles within business.

The Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing (S3i) serves as an important catalyst for building intellectual and human capacity by linking knowledge with action to further the fields of sustainability and social innovation. One of its key activities, along with incubation and application, is research. The centre’s four key research themes are: 1) building the low-carbon economy, 2) social innovation, 3) impact investing, and 4) economic development with First Nations.

The Centre also serves as incubation space for social entrepreneurs. Some of the Centre’s recent projects include:

• Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub provides dynamic space to accelerate social venture growth by bringing together university resources, access to new networks, peer learning, and improved investment readiness. The Innovation Hub is defined by its passionate community and collaborative environment

• Clean Capital is a media initiative that works to accelerate both public and private sector investment in Canada’s clean economy. The initiative defines the clean economy as any product or service with an environmental benefit.

• Created in partnership with various UBC Sauder initiatives, the UBC Changemaker Showcase brought together hundreds of UBC students in 2015 to explore the area of social entrepreneurship. It featured innovation jams, which introduced students to UBC Sauder d.Studio’s strategic design method.

UBC Sauder features a number of professors who are researching some of the most pressing ethical and sustainable issues at the business level. In 2015 and 2016, seven academics have published papers on sustainability or ethics in some of the most frequently cited academic peer-reviewed journals globally. Research topics are diverse – from marketing and behavioural sciences to operations and logistics.

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