Corporate Knights has released its 2016 Better World MBA ranking, which is the only major global ranking to evaluate graduate business programmes on their integration of sustainability into the education of future business leaders. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked 7th this year, coming from a 33rd position in 2015, and offers four MBA programmes.

“RSM is a force for positive change in the world. These results show how we continuously strive to embed societal and environmental impact of business management in our curriculum and research,” says Prof. Steef van de Velde, dean of RSM. “We are proud of our top 10 position, and we will continue to thrive and form future leaders for a sustainable business.”

Sustainability skills and knowledge

The Better World MBA ranking evaluates the top 100 programmes on the 2016 FT Global MBA ranking, and invites all other accredited (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) programmes to opt-in. Compared to traditional MBA rankings, this ranking is designed to help students and corporate leaders identify programmes that have the infrastructure to support sustainability skills and knowledge. This year, media and research company Corporate Knights evaluated 123 programmes.

“Business schools have a major role to play in preparing the leaders of the future to solve the people-planet-prosperity equation. We are pleased to see an increasing number of business schools stepping up to the plate on this front and look forward to continued progress,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.

Leaders of the future

The rules-based ranking also recognises those programmes which best prepare graduates to solve business problems that intersect with larger social problems, such as climate change and inequality. On average, the top 40 schools of the Better World MBA ranking offered students more than twice as much exposure to sustainability themes than the FT 100 Global MBA ranking. RSM offers four MBA programmes: the International Full-time MBA, the Executive MBA, the Global Executive OneMBA, and the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA.

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Corporate Knights is a Toronto-based media and research company focused on clean capitalism – an economic system that incorporates social, economic and ecological factors – and reports on sustainability at the intersection of business and society. Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights is best known for rules-based transparent rankings of corporate sustainability performance, including the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada and the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

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