CEO Magazine

The Green MBA

The Green MBA Movement 

The collapse of Enron in 2001 and other corporate scandals that followed resulted in many business schools revaluating their MBA curriculums. However, for most, this did not result in the implementation of full-blown business ethics programmes. Indeed, today, ethics still tends to be looked at in isolation, perhaps as part of a module. However, this cannot be said of sustainability, a trend that appears to be here to stay.

The need to study and understand how business impacts the environment is not a passing fad. As such, business schools have been tasked, to some extent, with the responsibility of training a new generation of MBAs who are equipped to make sound decisions. However, business schools and students alike are also cognisant of the fact that sustainability represents one of the few potential bright spots in an otherwise challenging recruiting environment. For the right candidate, sectors like clean energy and clean technologies, sustainable agriculture and ecosystem infrastructure offer significant opportunities. However, the growth of sustainable jobs goes beyond those associated with climate change.

Green MBA Ratings & Rankings

In order to assist middle managers with the identification, assessment and selection of a sustainable MBA programme, the International Graduate Forum will be reviewing programmes which enable students to tackle the environmental, social and ethical challenges of business. Performance indicators will include, but not be limited to, the following areas:

-Level of research conducted related to sustainability

-Availability of courses in sustainability

-Percentage of faculty teaching said courses

-Level of support offered by the institution (career services) for students interested in green business.

Ratings and rankings will be published early next year.