Corporate & Social Responsibility
Graduate management students look for jobs that make a difference in the world.
Graduate business school is no longer just about training future bankers and executives who are focused on the financial bottom line. More and more programs are now focusing on values-based leaders who understand the role that community, environment, and sustainability play in business.
Many students are committed to making a difference in the world, in and out of the classroom. A recent survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), the global non-profit council of leading business schools, indicated that students want to work for companies that make an impact in the world and have high ethical standards with solid reputations. The survey showed that graduates placed greater value on these areas when looking for a job:
- Selecting jobs that allow them to achieve something they personally value and make an impact
- Working for organizations that have high ethical standards and solid images or reputations
Graduate Business Programs Are Moving Beyond Business As Usual
Many programs have expanded their course catalogs to include “social enterprise” and “global entrepreneurship” concentrations to meet the need of students who wish to move beyond business as usual and further differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. In fact, as the demand in the corporate world for environmental stewardship, transparency, and accountability grows, so too does the demand for job candidates who come out of business school with experience in corporate and social responsibility.
Business Schools are Giving Back
Business schools also provide opportunities for students to give back to their communities, which adds tremendous value to the overall experience. Many schools and students are giving back through TeamMBA, a global initiative founded by GMAC to encourage programs and students to join forces and change the world.
Learn more about how GMAC is giving back and how you can get involved.