Corporate Knights has released its 18th annual Better World MBA Ranking, and the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has been ranked No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 15 in the world for sustainability education in business. Scheller College has ranked top five among programs in the U.S. every year from 2015 onwards, highlighting the College’s longstanding success integrating sustainability into the MBA learning experience.
Scheller College’s commitment to sustainability is led by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (“Center”). Beril Toktay is the Center’s Faculty Director and Professor of Operations Management, Brady Family Chair, and Scheller ADVANCE Professor, and Michael Oxman is Managing Director and Professor of the Practice in Sustainable Business.
The Center’s many contributions in the area of corporate sustainability include faculty research on innovative ideas and technologies; fellowship opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students; sponsorship of the Carbon Reduction Challenge; partnerships with industry on sustainability projects; the Business, Environment, and Society Speaker Series; a Certificate in Sustainable Business for undergraduates; and more — all of which support business solutions to sustainability challenges.
To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 150 business schools (up from 146 in 2019). These schools included the 100 programs listed in the 2020 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking; every program that appeared among the top 40 programs in last year’s Better World MBA Ranking; and select MBA programs accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS, and/or signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education that opted in for evaluation.
Programs were evaluated across five key performance indicators: the number of sustainability-focused articles in peer-reviewed journals and citations (30% and 20% respectively), the number of core courses that incorporate sustainable development topics (30%), research institutes and centers devoted to sustainable development issues (10%), and faculty gender and racial diversity in the business school (5% each).
About Corporate Knights: Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance, including the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Corporate Knights was named Magazine of the Year in 2013 and won the SABEW Canada Silver Award for Investigative Reporting in 2019.