Details for Schulich School of Business

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

York University


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sign Up Date to PRME

17 Nov 2008

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

01 Nov 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

Schulich School of Business SIP - View Report

Period Covered: Nov 2016 to Nov 2018

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Global, innovative, and diverse, the Schulich School of Business at York University prepares its students to meet the needs of social and environmental stewardship in a rapidly changing world. The School has been an early pioneer in terms of integrating social impact management and environmental management into its core curriculum and throughout its business courses. The concept of sustainability underpins all Schulich's graduate management programs, beginning with the required core Skills for Leadership & Governance course and the orientation activities surrounding the MBA Launch Week for incoming students. In the past year, we have launched a new core course, Managing for Value Creation, that develops students’ understanding of multiple stakeholder perspectives on the process of value creation and capture. In addition, many of the core and elective courses in the graduate program contain material specifically relevant to social impact and environmental management issues.

Throughout its history, the Schulich School of Business has taken a broad, stakeholder approach to management education. Since its inception in 1966, the School has consistently offered management training to meet the specific needs of organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The School offers a diverse range of graduate degrees, including a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and an International MBA (IMBA) degree, both of which focus heavily on business issues related to public policy, cross-cultural matters and the intersection of business & social issues between countries. In addition, Schulich offers a number of MBA specializations that deal specifically with social and environmental impact management, including Business and Sustainability, Business Ethics, Arts & Media Administration, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and Health Industry Management. The School's Division of Executive Development offers executives a number of seminars and public courses that focus on a wide range of topical social and environmental business issues, including corporate governance, business ethics, and labour relations.

Schulich has been a leader in the creation of a number of programs pertaining to social impact and environmental impact management. In 2000, Schulich established the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, one of North America's premier executive education centers dedicated to providing management training in sustainability issues for senior level executives. In 2005, Schulich began working with the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC), the world’s pre-eminent business organization leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, to create a pilot program in which Schulich MBA students help develop HIV/AIDS strategies for multinational corporations working in Africa and other AIDS-stricken regions of the world.

Schulich remains at the forefront of integrating social and environmental impact issues into management education, and exposing business students to the social and environmental challenges that are a growing component of business strategy in the 21st century.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Schulich's faculty members are among the world’s leading researchers in the fields of business ethics, corporate governance, and sustainability. The school has established four endowed chairs in corporate responsibility and sustainability, the George R. Gardiner Professorship in Business Ethics (Andrew Crane), the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility (Dirk Matten), the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability (Bryan Husted), and the Jarislowsky-Dimma-Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance (Edward J Waitzer).

Research in corporate responsibility and sustainability is actively encouraged and facilitated across the school. In the past five years, approximately one third of the school’s full-time faculty have published articles, books, and//or conference papers within the area. This includes articles in the world’s leading management journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Intenational Business Studies, and numerous articles in all of the relevant specialist journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, Business Ethics Quarterly, etc.

The school has also supported a number of successful research funding applications related to corporate responsibility and sustainability, including in the past two years, the award of $2.1m from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council for the establishment of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, $160,000 for research on the adoption of environmental management systems among NAFTA firms, and $390,000 from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario for research into health and safety performance in business.

The School houses a number of research institutes and centers, including the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, and Transparency International Canada, Inc., a business corruption watchdog organization. Faculty from the school also serve as board members and researchers within University-wide research centres such as the York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS), and the York Centre for Practical Ethics (YCPE).
The school continues to be highly committed to supporting our faculty in engaging in high quality scholarly research and mobilization of this research to create meaningful change in organizations.

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