Diamonds in the Rough: Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Notre Dame Mendoza

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Environmental sustainability and social impact are becoming increasingly important components of MBA programs. The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business is leading the way to more ethically oriented business training, with all 20 of its required core courses and 143 electives integrating social, ethical or environmental components into the curriculum. Such class offerings include “Ethical Leadership,” “Sustainable Enterprise,” “Ethics in Finance and Banking” and “Examination of Sustainability.” From orientation to graduation, students enjoy ample opportunities to participate in community outreach. The school has two ethics centers, a faculty whose recent research explores such topics as how carbon emissions relate to firm value, and an Interterm Intensive session in which students can immerse themselves in corporate social responsibility issues. Mendoza ranks number two among U.S. programs on the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top 100 alternative rankings for environmentally and socially responsible programs (ranking fourth among all programs), and was ranked first among programs for corporate social responsibility in the Financial Times’ 2010 Global MBA Rankings.

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