The University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA (SI-MBA) program in the Grossman School of Business has been named among top 10 sustainable business MBA programs in the world by Corporate Knights, a leading sustainable business magazine. The program consistently ranks among the top 10 of the magazine’s annual “Better World MBA” ranking, and has held the No. 1 spot on The Princeton Review’s “Best Green MBA” list for three consecutive years.

“It is a testament to our program, faculty and passionate students to be continually ranked year over year amongst the top MBA programs in the world that are focused on fostering a better world and having a positive impact on society,” said Grossman School of Business dean Sanjay Sharma. “As other MBA programs with vastly greater resources have followed us in this domain in recent years, we remain the pioneers and one of the most respected as first movers.”

UVM’s one-year SI-MBA program is internationally recognized for preparing graduates to succeed in business and reimagine existing businesses into new enterprises that address critical issues facing the planet, including environment, ethics, poverty and inequality.

“We are humbled to once again be recognized as an MBA program that trains future business leaders to better meet the needs of people and the planet,” said Caroline Hauser, director of the Sustainable Innovation MBA. “It’s inspiring to see an increasing number of business schools joining the societal shift away from shareholder primacy and towards stakeholder capitalism.”

The top 10 ranking by Corporate Knights is calculated from information gathered for 151 business schools, and evaluated on five performance indicators: sustainability integration among core courses, annual faculty publications regarding sustainability, faculty citations for those publications, sustainability-focused research centers and institutions, as well as faculty diversity by both gender and race.

The accelerated program is AACSB-accredited and boasts tight-knit cohorts of students who collaborate and move through the program together. During their short, yet intensive, time in the program, students learn from globally renowned business leaders, including Vermont-based companies that have excelled in social and sustainable enterprise, such as Ben & Jerry’s and Seventh Generation, and gain real-world experience through a required practicum. Previous practica have immersed students in topics from fighting poverty in Indonesia and Bangladesh using enterprise investment opportunities, to building a blockchain evaluation tool for development organizations.

“Congratulations to all those ranked by Corporate Knights this year, we look forward to working together to continue to redefine the role of business in society,” Caroline Hauser said.

Review the 2020 “Better World MBA” rankings by Corporate Knights.


Rachel A Narkewicz