ESG and the SDGs? A shared quest, no longer a question: Incorporating sustainability into management education
April 26, 2022, 12:00PM
As environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gain importance in decision making across sectors and policy makers prioritize and accelerate key areas of impact, management education plays a leading role in teaching and promoting this new integrated sustainability agenda.
Not only is there an imperative for this integration into management education at all levels, but demand for it is at an all-time high. Major business school accreditation bodies are requiring institutional commitments to sustainability and ethics. Ranking criteria that determine top schools have incorporated metrics related to corporate social responsibility. Students of all ages and all career stages are demanding the tools and knowledge that they need to make thoughtful and sustainable decisions.
Join us on April 26th to learn about how management educators are incorporating ESG and the SDGs in both curricular and co-curricular activities.
Featuring Mette Morsing, Head of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education, and convened by Professor Oana Branzei from the Ivey Business School, this event will feature a panel of leading scholars discussing the latest innovations and best practices in integrating sustainability and responsibility into today’s training of tomorrow’s stewards.
Today’s leaders are called to answer grand challenges: their organizations aim to engage communities, protect nature, and govern responsibly, even in the midst of global crises. They are often balancing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities all at once in pivotal business decisions. Leaders also commit to contributing to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations in 2015.
ESG best practices are emergent, contested, and complex. SDGs are interconnected, ambitious, and thorough. Together, they present a vision for a world that thrives socially, environmentally, and economically. Tomorrow’s business school graduates are called to higher purpose, while growing profitable businesses in post-pandemic economies. But how do they make decisions that can contribute to ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests?
As the ESG and SDGs gain importance in decision making across sectors and policy makers prioritize and accelerate key areas of impact, management education plays a leading role in teaching and promoting the ESG and SDG agenda.
Not only is there an imperative for integration of the ESG and the SDGs into management education at all levels, but demand for it is at an all-time high. Major business school accreditation bodies are requiring institutional commitments to sustainability and ethics. Ranking criteria that determine top schools have incorporated metrics related to corporate social responsibility. Competition for highest ratings encourage school- and university-wide integration and innovation on ESG and SDG frameworks. Students of all ages and all career stages are demanding the tools and knowledge that they need to make thoughtful and sustainable decisions. Decarbonization is today’s bottom line and leaders’ key performance indicators include zeroing emissions, in record time.
The future is different than the past. Management educators are at the front line of the 2030 agenda. They are reshaping the content and process of management education to advance the integration of ESG and the SDGs into every decision. New collections of case studies document real-time, real-world examples of leading into and for a sustainable future. Management educators accelerate the adoption of pedagogical innovations in response to global imperatives.
In this session, we’ll hear from management educators who are leading the way in ESG and SDG integration into both curricular and co-curricular activities at and across different institutions and networks. Convened by Professor Oana Branzei from the Ivey Business School and champion of the dedicated SDG and ESG features of the Ivey Publishing Case Library, this event will showcase the latest innovations and best practices in integrating the ESGs and SDGs imperatives into today’s training of tomorrow’s stewards.
- Andrew Hrymak (Special Advisor to the President on Industry Partnerships, the Green Economy, and Sustainability at Western University)
- Sharon Hodgson (Dean of the Ivey Business School)
Facilitator: Oana Branzei – Professor, Ivey Business School, Western University: SDG and ESG case tagging of the Ivey Publishing Case Library
- Gerry George – Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
- Mette Morsing – Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat
- Laura Morgan Roberts – Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Closing Remarks: Paul Beamish – Professor, Ivey Business School; Director, International Business Institute
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Oana Branzei, Professor of Strategy & Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Western University
Oana Branzei is Donald F. Hunter Professor of International Business and Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the Ivey Business School and Faculty Scholar at Western University in Canada. She is also the founding Director of the Sustainability Certificate program, the founder, convener and host of PhD Sustainability Academy, an annual event of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, and the co-founder of the recently inaugurated virtual-based and accessible Spring Institute. Ivey champion for the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Education for a decade, Oana has recently pioneered the ESG platform for Ivey Publishing, is developing SDG-concept notes and EDI-focused collections. Oana heads her global Resilience lab, originally formed with funding from her Early Researcher Award, and currently featuring collaborations with rapid-response research teams tackling grand challenges on five continents.
Professor Branzei is also a Western Faculty Scholar, sits on the Western University Research Board and the Advisory Board of the Africa Institute, and serves on Western’s Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives adjudication committee. Oana chaired the Social Sciences Panel for the Early Researcher Awards for Ontario’s Ministry of Innovation (2018-2021) and SSHRC Insight Grants (2015). She served as adjudicator for the 2020 Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
Gerry George, Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Gerry George is Professor of Management at McDonough School of Business. Previously, he served as Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor George has published extensively in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society, and achieved the Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher distinction for Cross-Field Impact. Before joining SMU, he was Deputy Dean of Imperial College Business School, Founding Director of the Gandhi Centre, and Academic Director of the London Stock Exchange’s Elite Program, which supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. Before Imperial, he earned tenure at London Business School and University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, the flagship empirical journal in the field of management.
Among other distinctions, he was awarded a prestigious Professorial Fellowship from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council to work on socially-inclusive innovation in natural resources, healthcare, and energy. His co-authored books are Handbook on the Business of Sustainability (Edward Elgar, 2022), Handbook of Inclusive Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2019), Managing Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), The Business Model Book (Pearson, 2018), Implausible Opportunities (Cambridge Press, 2012), and Inventing Entrepreneurs (Pearson, 2009). He received an honorary doctorate in economics from the University of St. Gallen for contributions to the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He was conferred Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute and Distinguished Alumnus Award from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (Pilani). He is Senior Global Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies and Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University.
Mette Morsing, Head of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat
Professor Mette Morsing is Head of PRME Principles for Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, based in New York, USA. PRME has a mandate from the United Nations' Secretary General to transform management education. Today, PRME is the UN's largest global initiative on sustainability in leadership education for the SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals.
Morsing’s research focuses on sustainability, governance and communication. She has published extensively in international academic journals and books in these issues, and she has received awards and honours for her research.
Morsing has served as the director of several research programs funded by grants from the MISTRA Foundation, EU Commission, the Danish Strategic Research Council, the Villum Foundation, Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), FUHU, and Novo Nordisk A/S among others. Her research is closely engaged with practice across different sectors of society, and she has supervised industrial PhD students funded by companies such as TDC, VELUX and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Currently she is editing a textbook for management school students with professors Andreas Rasche, Jeremy Moon and Arno Kourola: "Corporate Sustainability" for Cambridge University Press.
Laura Morgan Roberts, Professor of Practice, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Laura’s research and consulting focus on the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. She has published over fifty research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves through strength-based development. She has also edited three books: Race, Work and Leadership; Positive Organizing in a Global Society; and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations. Her influential publications on diversity, authenticity and leadership development have been featured in Harvard Business Review and several other global media outlets.
Laura earned a BA in Psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and an MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, diversity, leadership and career development as a faculty affiliate of the University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, Simmons School of Management, and AVT (Copenhagen).
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