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Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Social responsibility and sustainability are embedded within our management education, scholarly activity, community engagement and organisational policies.

Nottingham University Business School brings a distinctive global awareness and perspective to issues of social responsibility and sustainability.

We were among the first UK business schools to champion the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME).

In January 2018, we were awarded the UN PRME Champion status for the third time. 

Our Social and Environmental Responsibility Group (SERG) provides leadership for continual improvement linked to matters of social responsibility and sustainability.

We invite staff, students, business and community members to contribute positively to environmental and social issues.

ResponsibleNUBS campaign

Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) accord means that we play an instrumental role in providing students with skills and knowledge, as well as a platform to stimulate and motivate them to understand and take action on the SDGs.

The #ResponsibleNUBS initiative aims to improve awareness of the SDGs around the School and build student and staff capacity to action the SDGs. The project engages, inspires and supports students and staff to be able to make a difference in whatever they do to promote the SDGs agenda on and off campus.

Teaching and learning

Social responsibility and sustainability are integrated into our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Through our teaching we ensure that students appreciate ethical issues in business. They have opportunities to explore social responsibility and sustainability locally, nationally and globally to develop the skills needed to work towards a more sustainable future in business and society.

Our MBA is ranked among the leading global programmes for responsible management education by Corporate Knights.

Our students are supported to develop their research skills and diverse projects and dissertations interrogate issues of business responsibility.

As a UN PRME Champion, we also promote student research addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Socially responsible students and staff

Our students and staff play a vital part embedding social responsibility and sustainability across the School. Our staff actively take part in the University’s Beacons of Excellence, which promote interdisciplinary research collaboration on a number of societal grand challenges, including Future Food and Modern Slavery.

We encourage all students to participate in existing research, community and partnership initiatives, as well as suggesting new activities within the University and in the local community.

Centre for Sustainable Chemistry - GlaxcoSmithKline building, Jubilee Campus

Research and collaboration

We have an international reputation for leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainability research. 

This includes research into: 

  • sustainable consumption and supply chains
  • economic inclusion and decent work
  • innovation and sustainability
  • sustainable healthcare
  • financial inclusion and fairness
  • the use of big data for service creation in developing economies
  • economic development in Asia and Africa

Sustainability Research Network

Our Sustainability Research Network provides a forum for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss and collaborate on sustainability matters. The network has over 200 members across the university.    

Community engagement

One of our community engagement programmes is Cheese Matters, a financial literacy volunteering programme that supports young people’s understanding of managing personal finances.

Cheese Matters has been developed in partnership with three local businesses: Capital One, Eversheds and Ikano, supported by Business in the Community. Business School undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff deliver workshops that combine role-play, film and interactive activities in local schools, joined by staff from the partnering organisations.

Cheese Matters won the Best CSR Programme at the 2014 Card and Payments Awards and won the Education of Young People category at the 2014 Peer Awards.

Student clubs and societies

Several of our student societies pursue innovative projects that contribute to sustainable development goals including driving regeneration in developing countries. Within the School,  Enactus and  AIESEC are very active and a number of University wide societies and clubs are linked through the  Environment and Social Justice Network.


Nottingham University Business School

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