U of G Business Program Earns Top 10 Ranking

July 06, 2009 - News Release

The University of Guelph's business program has vaulted into the top 10 for integrating corporate social responsibility into the school experience, according to rankings by Corporate Knights magazine.

The annual survey by the independent national business magazine ranks business schools for incorporating environmental concerns and issues of social justice, human rights, professional conduct and cultural diversity.

Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics (CME), said she is thrilled by Guelph’s ranking.

“CME has been working hard at embedding sustainability across the B.Comm. curriculum as well as offering students unique corporate social responsibility (CSR)-focused learning opportunities in our MBA and MA (Leadership) programs,” she said.

Faculty throughout CME's four departments have been pursuing CSR-related initiatives for some time, Christensen Hughes said, but with last year's hiring of Profs. Elizabeth Kurucz and Rumina Dhalla, the college is now in a position to give this important area dedicated focus.

Recent initiatives include attracting funding for sustainability-focused research, the launch of the Net Impact student club, developing a website for sustainable commerce at Guelph, and involvement with Impact!, The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, to be held at U of G in September.

“Without question, sustainability has become an increasingly important component of our curricular and research activity, and I am personally committed to ensuring that it continues to help define what makes management and economics education at Guelph unique,” Christensen Hughes said.

Corporate Knights publishes the world’s largest-circulation magazine with an explicit focus on corporate responsibility. It also publishes the annual “Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada” as a Globe and Mail insert and the annual “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.”

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, Ext. 53338 or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Barry Gunn, Ext. 56982 or bagunn@uoguelph.ca.

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