Schulich School of Business celebrates 25 years of responsible business leadership through the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business & Sustainability
TORONTO, ON – Friday, October 13, 2017 – The Schulich School of Business at York University is today celebrating its 25-year legacy as one of the first business schools in the world to develop environmentally responsible leaders through the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business & Sustainability.
The Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and the Environment was the first of its kind in North America and one of the first in the world when it was established in 1992, along with an endowed professorship. The program was made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Erivan and Helga Haub, the environmentally conscious owners of the European-based Tengelmann Group. The name was later changed to the Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability. The Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business and Sustainability is currently held by Charles H. Cho, Professor of Accounting, whose research interests include social and environmental accounting.
The Erivan K. Haub Program in Business & Sustainability offers a core group of three graduate sustainability courses and up to 16 elective courses with sustainability content that can lead to meeting the requirements for an MBA specialization in Business & Sustainability. The Haub program’s impact has been further magnified through the thousands of graduate and undergraduate business students who have taken elective courses offered through the sustainability program’s curriculum. The Haub Program has also influenced student and faculty interest in sustainability research and issues within Schulich and at other business schools around the world.
Attending today’s celebration at Schulich is Christian W.E. Haub, son of Erivan and Helga Haub, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Tengelmann Group and Chairman and President of Emil Capital Partners. Christian Haub is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Schulich and a member of the Advisory Council for Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business. The keynote speaker is Richard Welford, Chairman of the consulting group, CSR Asia, who is a university lecturer and researcher on issues of corporate social responsibility.
“Schulich is honoured to have Christian Haub join us today to celebrate the important legacy set by his forward-thinking parents, Erivan and Helga Haub, whose 1992 gift made it possible for this school to become one of the best in the world for sustainability education and research,” said Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of the Schulich School of Business.
“We very much remember the announcement of the program back in December 1991, when our idea of a program in business and sustainability was such a radically new idea. But at York University we found an institution ready to innovate and . . . a business school dean who was eager to embrace new concepts and shared our vision of the growing importance of sustainability in the world of business,” said Erivan and Helga Haub. “We could not have chosen a better university and business school to partner with in this effort and we could not have dreamed about the tremendous importance and fabulous reputation this program has gained not only in Canada and North America but around the world.”
The Haub Program became a catalyst for turning Schulich into a world leader in the field of Responsible Business. Following the establishment of the Haub Program, Schulich also established chairs in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility – the foundation of the School’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business.
Corporate Knights’ Better World MBA Ranking, a global survey that assesses how well business schools are integrating social, ethical and environmental impact management issues into their MBA programs, has ranked Schulich #1 in the world ever since the ranking began in 2013. According to Corporate Knights’ 2016 ranking coverage, Schulich “continues to be a worldwide leader in sustainability, with strong curriculum integration, a base of relevant research institutes and centres, and widespread faculty support.” Schulich was also ranked #1 in the world in the 2009-2010 Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking, conducted by the Aspen Institute, a Washington, DC leadership think tank.
“Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business is today a global leader in creating and disseminating new knowledge about the social, ethical, environmental and political responsibilities of business, and is also one of the world’s largest and most influential academic centres dedicated to triple-bottom-line thinking,” said Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth.
Last year, Schulich School of Business, in collaboration with global consultancy McKinsey & Company, published Re-Imagining Capitalism, a series of essays that reflect on the need for organizations to move toward a more equitable and sustainable corporate and social model.
Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, in a global survey that identifies which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. Schulich’s MBA program is also ranked #1 in Canada and among the world’s leading schools by The Economist, Forbes, CNN Expansión and América Economía. Schulich is also ranked among the world’s top 35 business schools for a career in investment banking in a global survey by eFinancialCareers.com. The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #5 in the world by The Economist and #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. For complete ranking details, please visit www.schulich.yorku.ca.
Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at its state-of-the-art complex at York University; at its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the Toronto’s financial district; and at its new campus in Hyderabad, India. Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to rewarding careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has approximately 30,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border Executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. In addition to Schulich’s Master of Finance, Master of Management and Master of Accounting degrees, the School launched one of the world’s first Master of Business Analytics and Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degrees. Schulich’s Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 12,000 executives in Canada and abroad.
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