Winning Business School Receives National Honor for Innovative Social
and Environmental Programs
October 29, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration received an award
in New York today from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and The
Aspen Institute's Initiative for Social Innovation through Business
(ISIB). WRI and ISIB's annual survey, Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing
MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship, recognizes the Darden
School as an innovator in training future business managers to address
environmental and social challenges in business.
University of Virginia has one of the few MBA programs in the country
that tries to link business to environmental and/or social issues.
"We are delighted to honor the innovation and commitment demonstrated
by schools highlighted in Beyond Grey Pinstripes. At the same time,
we recognize that many business schools have a long way to go,"
says Judith Samuelson, executive director of ISIB. She adds that,
"less than 20 percent of the 313 schools surveyed reported training
students to manage the social and environmental challenges facing
honored at the October 7th awards ceremony, held at Citigroup's
headquarters in New York, distinguished themselves by incorporating
discussion of environmental and social topics into the business
school curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Their approach
to social and environmental topics includes bringing in speakers,
organizing multidisciplinary student projects, and supporting student
activities and faculty research that filter into classroom materials
and corporate decision-making models.
10 leading business schools recognized for MBA programs incorporating
societal-business issues are: Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead),
Harvard University, Loyola Marymount University, Northwestern University
(Kellogg), Stanford University's School of Business, University
of Michigan Business School, University of Notre Dame, University
of Pennsylvania (Wharton), University of Pittsburgh (Katz), and
University of Virginia (Darden).
10 leading schools recognized for MBA programs incorporating environment-business
issues are: Cornell University (Johnson), George Washington University,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Lally), Tulane University (Freeman),
University of Michigan Business School, University of North Carolina
(Kenan-Flagler Business School), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton),
University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University (Owen).
addition to the schools honored today, four faculty members were
also honored as faculty pioneers. They are: John Ehrenfeld from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stuart Hart and James
H. Johnson Jr., Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North
Carolina; and Lester B. Lave, Graduate School of Industrial Administration,
Carnegie Mellon University.
World Resources Institute is an independent center for global environmental
policy, including a focus on private sector and business education
programs. The Aspen Institute's Initiative for Social Innovation
through Business works to enhance dialogue, teaching and research
at the intersection of business needs and social concerns, with
a special focus on business and management education.
Megan Shoup, (202) 729-7664; Jessica Laufer, (310) 575-9200