Stanford Tops Aspen’s 2011 Survey of Socially Responsible Business Schools

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business topped a list of socially responsible business schools ranked by their course material and research on on ethics and environmental topics.

Stanford, near Palo Alto, California, was followed by the business schools of York University in Toronto, and IE Business School in Madrid, in the biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking released today by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit group with offices in New York, Washington and Aspen, Colorado.

Aspen’s Business and Society Program promotes management education that focuses on the broader impact of corporations on the world at large rather than just on profits. The institute helped organize the MBA Oath, taken by graduates who pledge to follow honest and responsible business practices. The institute reviewed 149 MBA programs, many of which have retooled their curricula following the 2008 global financial meltdown.

“In the wake of the financial crisis we’re seeing an increased willingness to address these issues,” Judith Samuelson, director of Aspen’s program, said in a statement. “There are more courses than ever before with content on social, ethical, and environmental issues.”

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, was ranked fourth, followed by the Yale School of Management, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, in Ann Arbor; Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, in Ithaca, New York; University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, in Chapel Hill; and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

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