Details for Faculty of Business and Law
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Sign Up Date to PRME
06 Jul 2018
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2018)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Swinburne has a longstanding commitment to CSR and global sustainability. These principles are underpinned in the FBL’s mission, which serves to “advance innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact through career-ready graduates and industry-engaged research”. In teaching and learning, Swinburne is contributing to create a new generation of future business leaders through its learning and teaching portfolio:
• Faculty of Business and Law delivers industry-relevant graduate education in social impact (Master of Social Impact and the Graduate Certificate of Social Impact);
• Undergraduate students from all disciplines at Swinburne can complete a minor in social impact or enrol in single courses;
• International or interstate study programs with a social impact focus, including the IT for Social Impact, India program, Innovation Challenge for Timor-Leste, Social Innovation Project in Sarawak and Indigenous Study Tour (Western Australia);
• FBL offers a compulsory core first-year business Innovative Business Practice course that instills undergraduate students on how to use business as a force for good using real-world examples. Using innovation, students learn how to leverage this effectively to achieve organisational objectives and positive social impact. Students are encouraged to use curiosity and creativity to explore opportunities and to evaluate these, whilst displaying awareness of organisational and societal needs. The Swinburne student experience in learners as global citizens culminates in a third year capstone that addresses individual Advanced Innovative Business Practice that presents solutions aimed at not-for-profits.
As an institution, Swinburne was one of the first universities in Australia to launch the Charter for Cultural Diversity, which ensures ongoing support for students from a diverse culture. The Charter reaffirms and extends acknowledgement and respect for the many cultures that make up the Swinburne community and promotes inclusion in a collegiate environment. The institution also offers a range of support services to asylum seeker and refugee students. Sustainability is one of the core values of the University as it seeks to foster positive social, educational and environmentally sustainable change.
Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) builds on the institution’s long standing commitment to the education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. Swinburne was the first Australian university to achieve 'Elevate' status for its Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019. This is the highest level of endorsement granted by Reconciliation Australia.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
In research, the University is aiming for 200 faculty across the institution to be actively involved in sustainability-related research by 2020, and 50 postgraduate completions where the thesis topic is related to sustainability themes.
FBL’s Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI-S) is the world’s eminent research centre in advancing knowledge about the people, systems and practices that produce positive social impacts.
CSI-S works toward a stronger society for all, through research and scholarship that engages the wider community at all levels of society. CSI-S forms part of the national CSI network; a partnership between the University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology. CSI-S’ research is located at the intersection between social and organisational sciences and the humanities, and focuses on four key themes:
• social innovation
• social investment and philanthropy
• enterprise for social goals
• measuring social impact.
Examples of recent research projects conducted by CSIS include:
• the Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework with CSI-S being integral to the development of the Map for Impact framework as part of Victoria’s Social Enterprise strategy;
• Be Connected: A Digital Literacy for Older Australians program
• Improving Health Equity for Young People: The Role of Social Enterprise
• The Australian Digital Inclusion Index – a project with Telstra to develop a new national measure of digital inclusion.
FBL has a research group dedicated to social and environmental sustainability in organisations (SESIO). The research group combines the strengths of accounting and management scholars and examines organisational processes, structures and practices to promote social and environmental sustainability and business ethics.