Media Release

 
June 10, 2009
 
Top Schools Launch Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Ivey Business School joins Tuck, Duke & Harvard in alliance

LONDON, ON, June 10, 2009 - As environmental issues have grown in complexity and scope, there is growing interest from both the public and private sectors in corporate sustainability the creation of viable business enterprises operated in a manner that protects the natural environment, and future economic and societal development.

To accelerate the advancement of knowledge on corporate sustainability, a diverse coalition of schools and institutions at leading universities has formed the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).

Founding ARCS members include University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business, Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business, Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, Harvard University's Center for the Environment, the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

"We are excited to be forming such an important alliance with such a great group of universities," said Tima Bansal, professor, Richard Ivey School of Business. "It's crucial for universities to work with business leaders and to provide practitioners and students with the knowledge, tools and capabilities to manage both private and public interests effectively through organizational actions. This alliance extends our present efforts in developing Canada's Research Network for Business Sustainability to now reach outside of Canada into the US."

"Solutions to our most pressing environmental problems will require the proactive engagement and leadership of the business sector," said Michael Lenox, Faculty Director of ARCS and Samuel L. Slover Professor of Business at the Darden School of Business. "ARCS' mission is to advance rigorous academic research on corporate sustainability issues. Our members' research develops greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of public policies and business strategies to create sustainable businesses," he adds.

ARCS' approach is to facilitate interaction among academic researchers investigating corporate sustainability issues and to provide resources to aid their research. ARCS will co-sponsor a Sustainability Academy at the Richard Ivey School of Business for doctoral students on October 22-27, 2009.

One of the signature events of ARCS is an annual conference bringing together top researchers in the field to share their research. The first annual ARCS Conference was hosted by the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan on May 7-9, 2009.

"We are also looking to build a broad portfolio of resources for researchers," says Erika Herz, Managing Director of ARCS. Projects under development include a downloadable database on corporate environmental performance metrics, a searchable database of research articles on corporate sustainability, as well as research news, blogs and video interviews with leading scholars. ARCS is also the home to MapEcos.org, a web tool offering detailed, facility-level data on environmental performance and management.

 

About the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario
The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario (www.ivey.ca) offers undergraduate (HBA) and graduate degree programs (MBA, Executive MBA and PhD) in addition to non-degree Executive Development programs. Ivey has campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto, and Hong Kong. Ivey recently redesigned its curriculum to focus on Cross-Enterprise Leadership "" a holistic issues-based approach to management education that meets the demands of today's complex global business world.

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For more information, please contact:
Dawn Milne, Communications Specialist, Richard Ivey School of Business, 519-850-2536, dmilne@ivey.ca