The role of business schools

Video interview with Paul Druckman, CEO, IIRC, discussing the role of business schools in the Global Financial Crises and how students, as future leaders, should have their eyes opened as to what needs to happen to create the change needed.  He argues that business schools should be in the forefront of creating this change and developing […]

Integrated reporting and MBA degrees

The Director of the MBA at Griffith University in Australia, Associate Professor, Dr Nick Barter, has been keen to include integrated reporting in the syllabus. In this interview Nick and I consider what integrated reporting is and what it means for businesses and other organisations. We also discuss the implications of attempts to value the […]

Sustainable Procurement in Australian and UK Universities

by Suzanne Young, Swati Nagpal and Carol A Adams Abstract Sustainable procurement is a growing phenomenon and a key component of organizations’ Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability strategy. The focus of this paper is sustainable procurement (SP) at universities in Australia and the UK. The study identifies a dearth of academic research into SP at universities […]

Engaging business leaders and students in Integrated Reporting at Toulouse Business School

Toulouse Business School is taking a lead in spreading the word on integrated reporting and developing the next generation of business leaders through research and engaging business leaders and students.  Their event From Share Value to Shared Value: The Future of Integrated Reporting to be held on the 4th May at Toulouse Business School in […]

The World’s first Diploma in Integrated Reporting

Last month I was fortunate to visit the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria to speak with staff and PhD students researching various issues in integrated reporting at the invitation of its Director Prof Derick de Jongh. Integrated reporting has been mandatory for companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange […]

Universities are (slowly) feeling their way forward on divestment

By Carol A Adams, Monash University Another Australian university has outlined plans to reduce the exposure of its investments to climate change, and is taking a contrasting approach to the Australian National University’s high-profile divestment plan announced in October. The University of Sydney on Monday released plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its investment […]

Responsibility in Business & the Adam Smith Business School

by Professor Carol Adams, Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow.  This article was written for the Aspire magazine of the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Adam Smith and CSR I knew very little about Adam Smith when I started working at the University of Glasgow, but I was prompted to do some research […]

University stakeholders want to know about sustainability performance

An article published in the La Trobe University Bulletin in June 2011 titled World-first for sustainability reporting tops the list of all-time page views,  ahead of other issues that University is/has been known for, such as autism research and student radicalism of the 70s.  The Bulletin is a key communication medium with external stakeholders and the data […]

Sustainability reporting and performance management in universities: Challenges and benefits

by Carol A Adams,  published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Abstract This article aims to provide a perspective on sustainability reporting and performance management in the university sector making a case for increased accountability, improved (management of) performance and greater innovation in approach. Carol Adams provides a personal perspective drawing on experience in sustainability […]

The UN Global Compact, GRI and embedding sustainability in Universities: presentation

In 2012, the UN Global Compact published a Practical Guide to the United Nations Global Compact for Higher Education Institutions.  It was developed by a working group led by Professor Mitch Leventhal, Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs at SUNY in the US. I was a member. We presented together today at the Australian International Education Conference in […]