Survey ranks Schulich first in corporate social responsibility

The MBA Program at York’s Schulich School of Business is number one in Canada in the field of corporate social responsibility according to the results of a national survey released Thursday.

cover pageConducted jointly by the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility organization, which includes major Canadian companies in its membership, and Corporate Knights magazine, carried in The Globe and Mail, the survey assessed how well Canadian business schools are integrating corporate social responsibility issues across their curriculum.

Right: Opening page of survey story in Corporate Knights

Schulich achieved an overall score of 82 per cent, followed by Montreal’s Concordia University in second place with 47 per cent and the University of Alberta in third place with 44 per cent. Schulich’s MBA Program was also ranked number one in Canada in each of the three categories of business school activity surveyed: Institutional Support, which includes seminars, internship programs, endowed chairs, scholarships, student competitions and school-based centres and institutes; Student-led Initiatives, which includes student clubs and groups; and Course Work, which includes required and elective courses, joint degrees and specializations.

Horvath“These survey results once again reconfirm Schulich’s leadership in this increasingly important area of business,” said Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. “Business today needs to embrace a much broader stakeholder orientation that recognizes the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental impact management. It is the responsibility of business schools, if they wish to remain relevant, to prepare their graduates for this new reality.”

Left: Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth

In a previous survey in November 2003, the magazine, which focuses on corporate social responsibility issues, ranked Schulich’s MBA Program number one in Canada. In a separate global survey conducted that same year by two US think tanks – the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute – Schulich’s MBA program was ranked among the top six in the world in corporate social responsibility.

In this latest ranking, for the first time, Corporate Knights surveyed the extent to which Canadian undergraduate business programs are integrating corporate social responsibilty-related issues into the curriculum. Results showed Schulich’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA) programs were ranked a close second overall and first in Canada in the category of Institutional Support.

The complete article on the survey results is available at the Corporate Knights Web site.