Business & Sustainability

  • Sustainability issues are at the forefront of challenges reshaping contemporary business.

    The ability to effectively manage a range of social, ethical and environmental concerns and leverage them for competitive success has become a core requirement for executives. One of the first of its kind in North America, the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability at Schulich is at the cutting edge of current and future best practice. The specialization combines well with many other areas to expand and differentiate your knowledge, preparing students to seek out roles in purpose-driven organizations.

    Be at the forefront of the best practices that are reshaping 21st century business at the School that is ranked number one in the world in teaching responsible business.

  • Professor Dirk Matten, Specialization Director
    Professor Dirk Matten, Specialization Director

Career Opportunities

  • The Business and Sustainability specialization equips students for general management and senior corporate positions, as well as for work in specialist functions within Sustainability, CSR or Consulting.

  • Jane Bird (MBA '14)

    “My Schulich MBA allowed me to work abroad and specialize in sustainability, paving the way for a global career.”

    Jane Bird (MBA '14)Senior Consultant, Climate Change and Sustainability Services
    EY
  • The Schulich Career Development Centre

    Your career is top priority at Schulich. To make career decisions that are right for you, the CDC will help you identify strengths, determine career objectives, develop career plans, hone skills for career management and put your professional development plan into action.

    - Our highly experienced CDC Advisors bring a unique combination of first-hand knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors.

    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

    - Corporate Information Sessions offer you an opportunity to meet top level recruiters, alumni and executives.

  • Career Development Centre

Alumni Stories

Learn why one of Tej’s was biggest take-aways from his Schulich MBA was the ability to integrate business sustainability in strategic decision-making.

Study Options

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  • Specialization Requirements

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    12.00 credits of courses consisting of:

    • 6.00 credits of required courses
    • 3.00-6.00 credits of recommended electives
    • Up to 6.00 credits of additional courses (with the permission of the Program Director, students may take courses in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School not listed in this publication)

    Required Courses

    • MANAGING ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
    • BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

    In addition, it is possible to take an independent study towards the specialization with the consent of the Program Director.

    Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment

    Requirements

    • Must be taken concurrently with an MBA* or MES* degree
    • The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements (see below)
    • 12.00 credits of elective courses consisting of:
      • 6.00 credits of required courses below
      • 6.00 credits of recommended courses 
    • MGMT 6100 3.00 Strategy Field Study at a site approved by the Specialization Director
    • Students normally complete a 12-week internship in an approved organization

    * Students must satisfy both Graduate Diploma and MBA or MES requirements

    Required Courses

    • MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
    • BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

    Recommended Electives

    Schulich School of Business

    • ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
    • MANAGING ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • SUSTAINABILITY AND CARBON FINANCE
    • ETHICS AND FINANCE
    • ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS
    • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    • BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND THE LAW
    • SOCIAL INNOVATION AND THE STRUCTURE OF GLOBAL POVERTY
    • STRATEGY AND VALUE CREATION IN MINING
    • SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN MINING
    • NONPROFIT MARKETING & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
    • MANAGING CHANGE
    • POWER AND POLITICS IN ORGANIZATIONS
    • CRISIS MANAGEMENT
    • NEGOTIATIONS
    • SUSTAINABLE CITIES - URBANIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE & STRATEGIC CHOICES
    • BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
    • SOCIAL PURPOSE INVESTING & FINANCE

    Faculty of Environmental Studies

    ENVS 6114 3.00 Sustainable Development for Canada
    ENVS 6115 3.00 Ecological Economics
    ENVS 6144 3.00 Action Learning
    ENVS 6148 3.00 Environmental Negotiation and Mediation
    ENVS 6155 3.00 Program Implementation
    ENVS 6164 3.00 Environmental Law
    ENVS 6179 3.00 Climate Change
    ENVS 6186 3.00 Theory and Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment
    ENVS 6281 3.00 Consulting Skills

    Osgoode Hall Law School

    LW 2880 3.00 Environmental Law
    LW 3490 3.00 Resource Management
    LW 3590 3.00 Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
    LW 3830 3.00 Climate Change Law
    LW 4880 3.00 International Environmental Law: Protection of the Global Environment
    LW 5170 3.00 Corporate Governance

     

    NOTE: Not all courses required to fulfill a specialization are offered each term. Course offerings are based on factors such as student demand and instructor availability. The office of Student Services & International Relations is available to provide advising on course sequencing and the fulfillment of program and specialization requirements within a student’s period of study. For current course offerings and details, please view the Schulich Course Offerings Database.

  • Advisory Board

    • Bill White Chair, COERB Advisory Council; Partner, CBW Associates Inc.
    • David Clarry Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
    • John Coyne Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.
    • Frances Edmonds Director, Environmental Program, Hewlett-Packard (Canada)
    • David Frederickson Vice President, Business Development, LongView Systems
    • Christian Haub Chief Executive Officer, Tengelmann Americas; President & Chairman, Emil Capital Partners LLC
    • Lloyd Hetherington President, LEDR Inc.
    • Simon Jimenez Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Barrick Gold Corporation
    • Susan McGeachie Market Leader, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP
    • Sarah Winterton Leader, Strong Nature Strong Economy, World Wildlife Fund
    • Paul Klein President and Founder, Impakt
    • Bob Mann Chief Operating Offiercer, Sustainalytics
  • Student Clubs

    Schulich Net Impact Club

    The Schulich Net Impact club is part of a network of over 60,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe. Its mandate is to promote sustainable business through education and networking. Net Impact is one of the most innovative and influential networks of MBAs, graduate students and young professionals in existence today. Members are united by a common vision that business can both earn a profit and create positive social change.

    The club offers a range of programs to help members broaden their business education, refine their leadership skills, and pursue their professional goals while building their network.

    Email: netimpact@schulich.yorku.ca

    Website: https://clubs.schulich.yorku.ca/netimpact/