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Sustainability at the Haskayne School of Business

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:18pm

Sustainability is what we do

Haskayne has been a leader in sustainability research and teaching since 1994 with the establishment of the International Resource Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS) and most recently the launch of The Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability. The latter is a first-of-its-kind centre, focusing on converting the theory of sustainability into business function, advancing the science and practice of achieving the triple bottom line in business and policy. The ‘triple bottom line’ refers to decisions aimed at balancing – in a meaningful and transparent way – environmental, social and economic considerations.

The centre facilitates the ConocoPhillips IRIS public seminar series and the Enbridge Research in Action seminar series, both of which bring together influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research throughout the year. The centre also sponsors two annual sustainability awards, recognizing student achievements in areas related to sustainability and the advancement of the triple bottom line.

In addition to the activities of the centre, Haskayne offers five MBA specializations including Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development and the opportunity for students to participate in corporate social responsibility and sustainability focused case competitions – demonstrating their mastery at applying theory to real-world problems.

“In today’s world, addressing the environmental and social aspects of a company’s operations are at the core of achieving good business practice and finding corporate success,” says Jim Dewald, dean of the Haskayne School of Business. “By providing education that embraces ethical leadership and entrepreneurial thinking, our students receive the tools to become leaders in sustainability.”

MBA Program

Through the Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development MBA specialization students can develop an understanding of:

  • The context for decisions and planning within the global energy industry.
  • Concepts, principles and management processes of particular significance to energy enterprises.

The program emphasizes international management concepts and critical analysis through a sustainability lens. Courses allow students to examine the industry's structure; technology; market forces and dynamics; and political, environmental and cultural sensitivities. The program helps students develop the skills necessary to assess the present and future capabilities of energy companies and proactively develop sustainability strategies. 
Learn more about the Haskayne MBA.

Centres for Sustainability

International Resources Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS)

IRIS researches state-of-the-art innovative management practices and their impacts on societal issues, both environmental and social, and the role that those practices may play in moving industry towards a more sustainable posture. The mission of IRIS is to create and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research through publications, teaching and various forms of outreach to industry and community audiences.
Learn more about IRIS.

Centre for Corporate Sustainability (CCS)

The University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business (HSB) has partnered with Enbridge to create a best-in-class, Alberta-based sustainability centre, titled the Centre for Corporate Sustainability (CCS). In collaboration with academics, institutions and private sector organizations, the CCS will provide a neutral ground for impactful and relevant sustainability research and education. The mandate of the CCS is to inform business decisions that advance the triple bottom line: people, planet and prosperity.
Learn more about CCS.

University of Calgary and Sustainability

Learn more about what the University of Calgary is doing as a whole to support social, economic and environmental initiatives at

International Resources Industries and Sustainability Centre (IRIS)