Toronto, September 11th, 2012 - Corporate
Knights has released its 2012 Annual Knight Schools Survey, ranking
how Canadian universities are faring at integrating sustainability
into the school experience.
The assessment, now in its ninth year, scored Canadian MBA
programs, along with undergraduate Engineering programs in the
areas of institutional support, student initiatives and course
The Schulich School of Business at York University earned the
top MBA mark of 86 per cent, receiving a high grade in all three
evaluated categories. This marks a nine-year reign on top of the
rankings for Schulich. Other notable performers included the Master
of Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo,
along with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia.
Notes Jeremy Runnalls, Managing Editor of
Corporate Knights, "The results show how polarized business
programs remain on the subject of sustainability. Only six MBA
programs received a grade above 50 per cent, and these schools were
located in four different provinces, showing no regional
The University of Toronto led the undergraduate engineering
ranking, receiving the top grade of 72 per cent, powered by a
perfect grade in the student participation section and a 96 per
cent score for institutional support. The University of Western
Ontario, along with L'Université Laval also ranked highly in the
Yet despite these top performers, only 20 per cent of the
programs surveyed received a passing grade. The main culprit, says
Knight Schools project lead Jeremy Runnalls, remains the lack of
integration of sustainability themes into core courses.
"The increasing levels of student participation, along with
significant numbers of professors engaged in environmental or
social research initiatives without corresponding classroom
opportunities shows that MBA schools are ripe for reform."
The full methodology and analysis of the 2012 Knight Schools
Survey is detailed at www.corporateknights.com/knightschools, and
summarized in the Summer 2012 issue of Corporate Knights, found as
an insert in the Globe and Mail on September 17th.