Our Commitment to the United Nations | College of Business and Economics

Our Commitment to the United Nations

United Nations Sustainable Development GoalsIn September 2015, all 193 members of the United Nations adopted a plan to achieve a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.  

Below are just some of the activities that the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics are engaged in to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:



#1 No Poverty

Through the Micro-Tyco challenge, 1st year students help fund women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Watch a video of Micro-Tyco founder, Mick Jackson, discussing how students benefit from taking part in the entrepreneurial challenge

#2 Zero Hunger

Our faculty’s research examines how to reduce food waste, promote local foods, and improve food security.
Read more about our annual Sustainable Restaurant Project

#3 Good health and well be ing

Our Garden2Table project educates local youth on the growing, harvesting and cooking of food to make healthier food choices
More information about our Garden2Table project

#4 Quality Education

As members of AACSB and EFMD, we emphasize quality, transformative education through applied, ‘hands-on’ learning
Watch a video about how our students are applying their in-class learning

#5 Gender Equality

We support the next generation of female business leaders through local programs, awards and mentorship opportunities
Read more about our student run organization, Guelph Women in Leadership

#6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Our student run restaurant explores how to reduce water consumption in the hospitality industry
More information on our LEAF certified restaurant, Pj's

#7 Affordable and clean energy

We explore inefficient energy policies, consumers’ adoption of ‘green’ real estate and our students help market sustainable energy
Watch a video of economics professor, Ross McKitrick, discuss the applications of his research

#8 Decent work and economic growth

Our internationally recognized research in labour economics has helped foster a better understanding of Canada’s skills gap
Read about our Gender Wage Gap workshop

#9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Our Centre for Business and Student Enterprise (CBaSE) helps student entrepreneurs launch ventures while still enrolled in school
Visit CBaSE's website

#10 Reduced inequalities

We investigate factors that promote equality in the developing world and in rural communities
Read about how our economics professor, Kurt Annen, is using entrepreneurship to help alleviate poverty in rural Guatemala

#11 Sustainable cities and communities

We aim to better understand issues related to sustainable and rural tourism, real estate development and food production
Read about our research in sustainable commercial real estate

#12 Responsible consumption and production

We examine consumer behaviour and factors contributing to unhealthy, compulsive consumption
Read about our research in consumer behaviour and compulsive shopping

#13 Climate change

Our internationally recognized research in environmental economics energy policy
Watch a video of economics professor, Ross McKitrick, discuss the applications of his research

#14 Life below water

The University of Guelph’s "Barcode of Life" project aims to accurately identify all species of animals, including marine life
Read more about the "Barcode of Life" project

#15 Life on land

We examine the ethical treatment of animals in the food supply chain as well as local food production and consumption
Read more about our Sustainable Food Management Summit, in partnership with the University of Guelph

#16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

In order to become socially aware business leaders, students examine the importance of corporate social responsibility
Read about our graduate students best paper award for implementing themes of CSR into post-secondary curriculum

#17 Partnerships for the goals

We actively connect with industry and alumni partners to achieve our goal of developing ‘Leaders for a Sustainable World.’ 
Read about our BComm students visit to a United Nation's Global Compact Summit in NYC