Sustainability, social responsibility and ethics are key core elements of the Griffith Business School curriculum

The Centre is integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into the teaching curriculum and collaborates with the MBA program to ensure its focus on sustainability. The Centre also convenes the Major in Sustainable Enterprise, which provides students with the skills and knowledge base necessary to manage the sustainability needs of organisations, and develop the analytical, communication and decision-making skills to implement sustainable business solutions.

The Centre maintains involvement with key organisations that help guide learning and teaching sustainability at Griffith Business School, including:

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Undergraduate options

Griffith Business School offers a number of undergraduate programs that focus on sustainability, including:

For further information visit the Sustainable Business website.

If you have been accepted into a program and have questions on how to enrol, visit Griffith's enrolment help. For further information visit the Griffith degree finder.

Postgraduate options

The Griffith MBA distinguishes itself through its commitment to teaching responsible leadership, sustainable business practices and maintaining a global orientation.

Griffith Business School's higher degree research programs can also be structured to focus on sustainability, these include:

Teaching for Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals - 17 global goals which lay out a path to 2030 to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet. The SDGs apply to all countries at all stages of developments, including Australia. While the SDGs are applicable to governments, there is a clear role for business and private sector action, through responsible business operations, new business models, investment, innovation and technology, and collaboration.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform is a comprehensive resource that provides information on a number of topics related to each of the SDGs, and a detailed, interactive milestones of the progress of each of the SDGs, allowing a more inclusive understanding of the history of the SDGs and their application.

Recent reporting on Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Index and Dashboard Report 2018

The Global Responsibilities: Implementing the Goals report has recently been released. This report is the third edition of the annual overview of countries’ performance on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals prepared jointly by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). For the first time, this edition covers all 193 UN member states and presents data on changes over time in SDG indicators.

Access the report here.

Business reporting on the SDGs: An analysis of the goals and targets

This report is a first step towards a uniform mechanism for business to report on their contribution to and impact on the SDGs in an effective and comparable way. It contains a list of existing and established disclosures that businesses can use to report, and identifies relevant gaps, where disclosures are not available. It also lists illustrative actions that businesses can take to make progress towards the SDG targets.

Access the report here

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Secretary-General has issued the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report, which provides a global overview of the current situation of the SDGs, on the basis of the latest available data for indicators in the global indicator framework. Click on the below links to access the summary or the full report:

SDG KNOWLEDGE HUB

The International Institute for Sustainable Development SDG Knowledge Hub is a resource that can be used obtain news stories, guest articles, policy briefs and events in relation to each of the SDGs. These sources provide an opportunity to ensure the timeliness and relevance of SDG information that is provided to business school stakeholders, and also creates opportunity for engagement. The IISD also compiles the information from the SDG Knowledge Hub into the SDG Update on a daily basis, and this commentary can be subscribed to here.

SDG COMPASS FOR BUSINESS STRATEGY

The SDG Compass can be used by businesses as a tool to provide guidance to companies on aligning their strategy with the SDGs, as well as measuring and managing their contribution to the realization of the SDGs. The SDG Compass is guided by five steps:

Step 1: Understanding the SDGs

Step 2: Defining Priorities

Step 3: Setting Goals

Step 4: Integrating

Step 5: Reporting and Communicating

The SDG Compass was developed by Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and incorporates feedback from three consultation periods from companies, government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations worldwide.

Download The SDG Compass Guide

Take the Sustainability Literacy Test

The "Sustainability Literacy Test" is a tool for the various initiatives on sustainability led by the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. It assesses the minimum level knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility for higher education students, applicable all over the world, in any kind of HEI, in any country and studying any kind of tertiary-level course.

For more information on the test, click on the video below. If you would like to attempt the test, please contact the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise on gcse@griffith.edu.au to receive an invitation.

Other resources

UN Global Compact - SDGs in Business

Businesses are urged to contribute to the SDGs, by conducting responsible business practices and pursuing opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration. This is depicted by the below image from UN Global Compact.

UN Business Action Hub

The UN-Business Action Hub website offers opportunity for businesses to connect and collaborate with stakeholders who are developing solutions to advance the SDGs. The SDG engagement opportunities are worldwide, there are projects suitable to each SDG.

AACSB, Teaching and SDGs

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) explains how essential it is for business schools to care about the SDGs, as business schools can be enablers for the SDGs to transpire. The AACSB states that business school should see the SDGs as an opportunity to align their research priorities around the goals. Alignment with the goals and ensuring implementation on campus is important, and the AACSB recommends that business schools engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions on government, NGOs and businesses in relation to the SDGs on a local, national and international level.

AACSB, Teaching and SDGs

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) explains how essential it is for business schools to care about the SDGs, as business schools can be enablers for the SDGs to transpire. The AACSB states that business school should see the SDGs as an opportunity to align their research priorities around the goals. Alignment with the goals and ensuring implementation on campus is important, and the AACSB recommends that business schools engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions on government, NGOs and businesses in relation to the SDGs on a local, national and international level.

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