Stanford Tops Schools, Offers Best Green MBA

The biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey of the best green MBAs in the world has been published, and Stanford University is back on top.

The survey ranks business schools based on how well MBA programs incorporate social, environmental and ethical issues into the training of future business executives.

"If the next generation of business leaders is to excel at managing enterprises for greater competitiveness, it will need the knowledge and skills to tackle not only the financial but also the social and environmental challenges faced by today’s corporations," says the Aspen Institute, which conducts the survey.

Stanford tops the list because of the large number of courses it offers with environmental and social content and the business role in global sustainability. Stanford was also cited for providing its faculty with opportunities for research in these areas.

Stanford had topped the rankings in 2005 and 2007, but fell to fourth place in 2009. The 2009 leader, the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada, finished second in the 2011 survey.

The other top-five finishers in this year’s survey, which examined 149 schools in 29 countries, were IE Business School of Spain, Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, and Yale School of Management.

Other top finishers from the US included Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and Cornell.

The top MBA programs are "business schools working to integrate the social, environmental and economic realities of business into management teaching and research," says the Aspen Institute.

The programs "address the need for greater knowledge, skills and judgment around the role of business in society," they add.

In this year’s survey, the first since the global economic crisis began, Aspen notes sharp increases in course offerings addressing sustainability. Almost 80% of schools now require students to take courses on the role of business in society, and the number of classes on sustainability have increased dramatically (up from 69% in 2009).

There’s also more research on renewable energy, climate change and carbon markets.

Read the report: 2011-2012 Global Report-small.pdf 

Here are the top schools:

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