GIBS was recently profiled by the UK's Financial Times as one of the world’s leading business schools in the teaching of sustainable business education. The GIBS MBA was selected as one of the best in sustainability, ethics and social purpose.
The MBA programme includes a compulsory core course on Responsible and Ethical Leadership which is guided by the school’s adherence to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education initiative. The initiative consists of a series of principles that business schools can follow to teach ethical, responsible management. Students learn about the challenges of local businesses and communities through experiential learning and are required to complete an Applied Business Project to tackle a societal issue from a business perspective.
The Financial Times says that the findings can be used to showcase best practices that may inspire students, academics, schools and employers alike to develop fresh initiatives and partnerships in the future.
GIBS recognises that teaching students how to navigate ethical dilemmas when making key decisions that will impact many is as important as teaching them financial aspects of running businesses, thus the emphasis on sustainability, ethics and social purpose is crucial.
GIBS Dean, Prof. Nicola Kleyn, commented on the recognition: “We believe that ethical and socially-aware decision-making deserves to be addressed as both a stand-alone course and woven through our curricula. Having our MBA programme recognised on this global platform is encouraging as we strive to play a role in developing impactful leaders with sound ethical grounding who will lead responsibly.”