Corporate Knights has released its 19th annual Better World MBA ranking, and the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has been ranked No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 19 in the world for sustainability education in business. Scheller has ranked top five among programs in the U.S. every year from 2014 onwards, highlighting the College’s longstanding success integrating sustainability into the MBA learning experience.
Scheller’s commitment to sustainability is driven by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (“Center”). The Center’s many contributions that support business solutions to sustainability challenges include faculty research on innovative ideas and technologies; fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; sponsorship of the Carbon Reduction Challenge; industry partnerships for sustainability projects; the Business, Environment, and Society Speaker Series; a Certificate in Sustainable Business for undergraduates; and more.
Center Faculty Director Beril Toktay said, “One of Scheller’s core strengths that contributes to our consistently high ranking is the breadth of our faculty’s publications in diverse areas of sustainability. Topics of papers submitted for this year’s ranking ranged from extended producer responsibility and geographic clustering of corruption to pharmaceutical marketing and viewing tax policy through a sustainability lens. We are so grateful to our faculty for their dedication to cutting-edge research and for serving as role models for our students.”
In 2020, Corporate Knights pivoted the rankings to focus on faculty research and core courses aligned with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this trend accelerated in 2021. These developments reflect greater demand for business school graduates who are capable of contributing to solutions for our shared social and environmental future.
To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated MBA programs across key performance indicators, including core course integration of sustainability, research publications per faculty member on sustainability topics, percent of total faculty publications on sustainability topics, number of citations per faculty for those publications, sustainability-focused research institutes and centers, faculty gender diversity, and faculty racial diversity. See ranking methodology details.
About Corporate Knights: Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces proprietary rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance, including the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. In 2013, the National Magazine Awards Foundation named Corporate Knights “Magazine of the Year.” In 2019, the magazine received the Silver Award for Investigative Reporting from the Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW).