Details for University of Edinburgh Business School

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Edinburgh


Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

20 Nov 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

19 Feb 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

2018 SIP Report - View Report

Letter of ​Commitment (2018)

2018 SIP Report - View Letter

Letter of ​Commitment (2016)

2018 SIP Report - View Letter

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Current Initiatives in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
at the University of Edinburgh Business School

Educational Programmes

MBA: Our MBA has recently been repositioned with a major focus on strategic leadership, which includes the embedding of responsible leadership, ethics and sustainability. Our MBA partners, for example, with the University’s Global Health Academy and J&J in promoting the value of corporate engagement in health programmes in developing economies, and features student-consulting projects focusing on CSR, sustainable innovation and the stewardship of natural and social capital alongside financial capital.

PhD Programme: A range of PhDs focus on topics linked to the corporate responsibility and sustainability agenda.

MSc Degrees: We offer an extensive range of Masters programmes, including Accounting and Finance, Banking and Risk, Carbon Finance, Carbon Management, Finance and Investment, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Business and Emerging Markets, Management, Marketing, Marketing and Business Analysis and an MSc by Research. We were the first university in the world to offer an MSc in Carbon Management and an MSc in Carbon Finance, both of which are critical to the sustainability agenda. The Carbon programmes are centered on business opportunities and financial flows driven by society’s response to environmental challenges:

MSc in Carbon Management: This MSc is designed to create the next generation of carbon managers, auditors and expert advisors. It gives students a detailed understanding of climate science and economics and provides a broad and integrated understanding of carbon management. In this landmark University of Edinburgh collaboration between the world-renowned School of GeoSciences, the Business School and the School of Economics, the MSc in Carbon Management provides a high-level, intensive exploration of a subject crucial to the future of business and, of course, the planet itself. The programme is now hosted by the School of GeoSciences and taught at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation's new building.

MSc in Carbon Finance: This MSc prepares students to deliver investment with advanced knowledge and specific skills. The challenge of responding and adapting to climate change will drive trillions of pounds of new investment over the coming decades, with major changes required across the economy, in energy production and consumption, industry, buildings, transport, infrastructure, forests and agriculture. This MSc will ensure students are ready and ahead of the curve.

Courses linked to CSR and sustainability on the Masters programmes are increasing and include: Emerging Entrepreneurship in Africa; CR and Governance in a Global Context; Outward Investment from Emerging Markets; Business Ethics; Developing Inclusive Business Strategies; Emission Reduction Project Development; Green Entrepreneurship; Investment in a Low Carbon Economy; Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; Business and Climate Change; Carbon Economics; Climate Change Management; Applied Carbon Methods; Carbon Markets; Climate Change Science and Policy; Carbon Accounting; Carbon Consulting; Marketing and Society; Marketing Sustainability.

Undergraduate Degrees: We offer a range of undergraduate degrees in Business Management, International Business, and International Business with Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish). We embed sustainability and corporate responsibility into our mainstream courses, although this is an on-going development.

Executive Education

Through a specialist Executive Education team, we deliver a range of open and customised courses. The programmes blend different kinds of learning experiences, tailored to personal and team objectives and are focused on the practical application of skills in the workplace.

We focus particularly on themes related to Strategic Leadership – for example, Leading Strategic Change; and Numbers, Governance and Leadership. We also run a Strategic Change Master Class in collaboration with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria and the UEBS Sustainable Business Initiative.

The Executive Education team also offers an extensive guest speaker programme featuring practitioners and academic experts, covering a rich spectrum of topics including finance, entrepreneurship, climate change, and corporate governance. Sustainability is naturally a topic that is incorporated into all of the Executive Education events.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Research Centres

The Business School has three main centres that it has proudly established and which provide development platforms for students as well as cutting-edge engagement with the business world. These include:

The Sustainable Business Initiative

In the 2011/12 academic session The Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) was established. SBI is the Business School’s contribution to supporting the business community as it prepares for the challenge of achieving sustainability.

SBI is currently undertaking a university-wide study, funded by Zero Waste Scotland, exploring the concept of circular economy and how the University might be able to further implement a circular economy approach.

Every two weeks, a Speaker Seminars Series is hosted whereby industry leaders and academics are invited to come and do a presentation with a Q&A session afterwards.

SBI received a large grant from the Tony Elumelu Foundation to undertake an Africapitalism Project with the aim of promoting the development of entrepreneurship in Africa.

The Centre for Business and Climate Change

In 2008 the Business School decided to make business and climate change one of its key areas for development and thus established the Centre for Business and Climate Change to lead activities in this area.

It is a leading international centre for business and climate change education, research and public engagement. It is renowned for its high level of corporate engagement and knowledge transfer, development of innovative strategies and cross-disciplinary collaboration at both a national and regional level.

The centre is involved in the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics; it has created a successful spin-out research company, ENDS Carbon; it supports the development of FTSE4Good the FTSE CDP Carbon Strategy Index; and has been instrumental in the development of the Association of Carbon Professionals.

The Centre for Strategic Leadership (CSL)

The Centre for Strategic Leadership (CSL) has recently been launched as a major component of the School’s re-focused mission around thought leadership. The Centre provides insight into the nature of the leadership challenges involved in dealing with ‘wicked’ or intractable problems as well as the ways in which they can be effectively addressed.

In addition to these Research Centres, we have recently established a number of Research Platforms, focusing on cross-cutting research themes of interest to faculty across the School. These include a platform on Strategic Resilience which explores the ability of organisations to withstand, and recover from, unpredictable events and circumstances, which has important links to the sustainability research agenda.

We collaborate and work with the various Global Academies, research centres and centres of excellence based across the university including; the Edinburgh Carbon Centre Innovation (ECCI), The Global Development Academy, Global Environment and Society Academy, Global Health Academy and Global Justice Academy.

J&J, one of the founding partners of ABIS, has a close working relationship with the Business School and works closely with the University’s Global Health Academy. J&J contribute regularly to teaching and sponsored projects on our MSc International Business for Emerging Economies and on our MBA. We are currently working with J&J to develop Education Master Classes on Sustainability in Healthcare.

International Partnerships Linked to Sustainability

We have a range of international institutional partnerships that have direct links to the promotion of sustainability. Our MBA partners with Schulich University (Canada) to offer exchange opportunities to allow the reciprocal study of CSR and sustainability in the two countries. Our Sustainable Business Initiative partners with Lagos Business School on Executive Education. In 2015, we are embarking on a number of joint projects with Peking University in China – these projects relate to low carbon innovation, natural capital accounting and a student exchange linked to low carbon courses.

Campus and Community Initiatives

The University’s Net Impact Student Group is supported by the School’s Sustainable Business Initiative and aims to drive positive change by promoting sustainability. During the University’s recent Innovative Learning Week (ILW), the Business School hosted Net Impact’s student competition. The competition was open only to students and focused on the use of artwork to promote sustainability messages.

The School supports the University and EUSA in working to encourage a whole-institution approach to embedding social responsibility and sustainability within learning and teaching. The School also contributes to the work of the new Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability which was created in 2014 to understand how the University can improve its response to key sustainability challenges

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