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Nottingham MBAs reach Nespresso Sustainability Challenge 2016 finals - what else?


The 2016 Nespresso MBA Challenge to find new ways to inject sustainability and shared value into the coffee business saw more than 80 MBA schools worldwide take part and the winners will be given the opportunity to contribute to the company's sustainability strategy.

Nottingham University Business School's MBA students have succeeded against stiff competition in reaching the three finalist teams who will travel to Nespresso Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13 June.

Nottingham join INSEAD Singapore and Said Business School, Oxford in the final round. They will present their proposal to a panel of international judges that includes Nestlé-Nespresso top executives, high-level academics and sustainability experts.

Two rounds of review by experts and 15 semi-finalists were announced in early April 2016 and the three finalist teams were chosen by April 22 to participate in the final event.

The sustainability challenge

Nespresso, in partnership with the Sustainable Markets Intelligence Center (CIMS) and Latin America’s leading Business School INCAE organise and manage the global MBA Challenge.

MBA teams of four students analyse a case study based on the results of extensive research carried out on Nespresso sustainable sourcing of coffee and devise an innovative solution to the problem posed. The teams are guided by a coach, who must be a faculty member.

This research is a product of a long term research partnership with Nespresso, CIMS, INCAE and other organisations highly involved in the coffee sector and sustainability. The MBA Challenge case study was released in February 2016. At this point, teams have two weeks to prepare and submit their proposals.

The annual competition has become a global reference for students to work on specific sustainability case studies linked to Nespresso’s business and gain ‘real-world’ experience.

From 32 participating schools in the first edition of the challenge in 2013, the third in 2015 attracted 86 student teams from 24 business schools and universities all over the world. So far, about 700 students have participated in this competition.

Nottingham's MBA Corporate Social Responsibility was the first of its kind in the UK. It is led by one of the largest groups of CSR and sustainability experts in the world and offers specialist training in meeting the sustainability issues faced by global organisations.

Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge

Posted on Monday 25th April 2016




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