How are Business Schools Engaging in the SDGs – Examples from SDG 10 to 17

Click here to read part one focused on SDGs 1-9.
 
SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
EGADE’s MUSE project is a collaborative project with partnerships globally that aims to improve access to institutions of higher education for students with disabilities as well as to develop employment opportunities. Queen’s Management School offers a special pathway programmes for talented young people living in Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queens but might require additional support to reach their full potential.   Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law has been working closely with refugee support agencies to support refugee integration into the Australian workplace. This includes workshops and guides for employers that aim to help reduce barriers and provide information on key issues related to employing individuals from a refugee background. UC Business offers the CertCom programme aimed at a number of underrepresented groups within the School who wish to upskill, including Māori and Pasifika students and new migrant families. 
 
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Ingolstadt School of Management has been involved in a collaborative project looking at the sustainable economic and social development of the region. UC Business School was involved in a team-based research project looking at the role of permanent and transitional servicescapes in maintaining attachment to place in light of the Canterbury earthquakes which explored sustainability and resilience issues in Christchurch. Copenhagen Business School’s Ecovillages as Laboratories of Sustainability and Social Change initiative is an international, inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary project aimed at studying ecovillages. The University of Stirling Management School has been exploring how to provide fairer and more inclusive transport systems that consider the needs of women as both users and employees, a project that involves transport, non-governmental organisations and university partners from several countries across Europe. 
 
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management established an e-car sharing system in September 2018 in collaboration with a range of organisation including the town of Vallendar. WHU’s intranet also offers students, faculty and staff a forum for exchanging offers and requests for carpooling and trip sharing. LUT University has been working on research to study and develop packaging solutions which can address simultaneously food protection and the global and constantly increasing concern of plastic packaging waste. Students at Nottingham Business School produced a report focused on the business implications of planned changes to the schools catering plastics consumption and plastics waste management strategy.  ZHAW School of Management and Law organised its first clothing swap back in 2018 to encourage students and staff to trade their old clothes. This was part of an event that also aimed to raise awareness of the problems and challenges facing the textile industry with regard to social and ecological projects. 
 
SDG 13 – Climate Action
As Australia’s first carbon neutral tertiary institution, Charles Sturt University School of Management prioritises behaviours that minimise our environmental footprint. The University of Stirling leads a Climate Literacy Programme aimed to educate organisational managers and practioners in the strategic imperatives, science, terminology and possibilities of climate positive actions. It was developed in partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographic Society, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and online education provider June Digital. Students at Victoria Business School studying Information management worked to develop a local emissions-calculating website (whatsmyimpact.co.nz) which aims to guide student and staff in meaningfully curbing their emissions. 
 
SDG 14 – Life Below Water
A group of academics at Bournemouth University Business School have been working on a project investigating the (sustainable) development of the marine industry with a statistical analysis of all the relevant industries and an in-depth analysis of the boatbuilding value chain. Policy recommendations were delivered to the Council so as to promote the (sustainable) competitiveness of this industry and the local SMEs in particular. At Nottingham Business School students took part in an initiative where they devised creative solutions to help businesses recycle, reuse and upcycle plastics, or change to more sustainable materials and so reduce the impact of plastics on our oceans and marine life. Researchers at Newcastle Business School are studying water conservation behaviours in the Hunter region in order to understand factors that may facilitate consumers to reduce their water consumption. A project at the University of Stirling Management School is looking at the economics of marine plastic pollution and the benefits of international cooperation.  Nova School of Business and Economics has been involved in a project that seeks to better understand the economic value of some of the ocean’s benefits to Portugal. 
 
SDG 15 – Life on Land
Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law’s Centre for Energy, the Environment and Natural Disaster has been working with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and research emanating from this funding is shaping how the Australian public service evaluates the economic impact of natural disasters and informing the market offerings associated with new forms of green energy distribution. T A PAI Management Institute undertook an inventory of species in and around campus, showing the diversity of the campus through 3D model as a way of generating awareness about the surroundings. Researchers at Nottingham University Business School Malaysia are engaging in cross-disciplinary work with the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences on elephant conservation, including perception studies on human elephant conflict and mitigation. Nottingham Business School has a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on one of their buildings and a webcam set up to monitor the breeding progress of these protected birds. At LUT University, researchers looked at student perceptions as future consumers and the future of the forest industry. 
 
SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Research at Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law is looking at the power of arts and culture in preventing extremism. With funding from the Australian Government’s prestigious Australia Awards, the innovative program brought Bangladeshi public and private sector officials to Australia to exchange ideas, skills and expertise on how arts and culture can work as a flexible strategic approach to prevent extremism and foster social harmony. Queen’s Management School has been working with the Institute for Economics and Peace on the development of a Global Peace Index. The school also facilitated a Positive Peace Leadership workshop in Northern Ireland, attended by senior representatives from two Colombian cities also members of the 100 Resilient Cities network.  
 
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
Research from Ted Rogers School of Management is looking at whether firms benefit from public-private partnerships. The research suggests that national culture enters into institutions such as public-private partnerships, thus affecting the firms engaging in those partnerships. Wellington School of Business and Governance launched a new bilingual bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management in Vanuatu in 2018, the result of joint efforts between the Ministry of Education and Training in Vanuatu and several universities in New Caledonia, France, Malaysia and New Zealand. The new programme is jointly taught by academics from these different universities. Copenhagen Business School is active in academic networks on sustainability in the arctic and is a member of the circumpolar university collaboration University of the Arctic associated with the Arctic Council. This includes a series of thematic networks including one on Sustainable Resource and Social Responsibility hosted at CBS with support from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. The Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre is a unique collaboration between Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Environmental Institute and the Government of Sweden and aims to accelerate and promote the shift in capital investments required to deliver the SDGs and climate targets. 
 
 

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