Aston Business School
Description/achievement of initiative

Social Responsibility and Sustainability are based on ethical values and underpinned by the idea of economic, social and environmental obligations to our range of stakeholders.

Aston Business School and Aston University are committed to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). This involves ABS in improving and embedding the sustainability and social responsibility of all our activities, from teaching, research & partnerships to building maintenance and development.

Implementation methodologies

Our Strategy will be taken forward in the next 3 years and towards 2020 through:
Embedding critical long-term sustainable thinking and social responsibility in business into our teaching to enable our graduates of tomorrow to be literate in social responsibility and sustainability in managing global businesses
Offering specialised degrees in Social Responsibility and Sustainability in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes
Working with colleagues within the University on the integration of social responsibility & sustainability into the curricula of all schools
Undertaking pro bono research activity for local business each year
Working with Aston University as a whole to reduce carbon emissions
Involving sustainability and low carbon emissions in the design of any potential future office moves
Creating and publishing open resources.

We will measure this by:
A reduction in CO2 emissions in line with Aston University standards
Increasing intake on MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability and other specialised degrees
% of courses with content related to ethics, social responsibility and sustainability
The uptake and outputs from the pro bono work


Aston Business School
Deliverable Date
SIP (Sharing information on Progress) (PRME) 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

Action Network
  • Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
John Edwards, Professor,

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John Edwards Professor
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