Melbourne Business School: Centre for Sustainability and Business
Melbourne Business School has announced a new centre to improve social and financial outcomes by helping leaders put environmental sustainability at the heart of their organisation, the Centre for Sustainability and Business.
The Centre will be led by Professor of Business Strategy and MBS Foundation Chair of Sustainability and Business, Glenn Hoetker. He brings over a decade of experience to the role, including research and consulting in the bio-fuel and solar industries. He is a Fellow of the Melbourne Energy Institute.
Regarding the motivation for the creation of the Centre, Professor Hoetker said, "Sustainability is a major challenge for business but also offers opportunities to those that respond most effectively. Beyond sustainability's strategic implications, business is uniquely positioned to help society achieve a more sustainable future through its financial, technological and organisational resources. As Australia's leading business school, we are uniquely positioned to articulate the business logic for more sustainable business practices and lower the barriers for firms in adopting such practices. The Centre will allow MBS to meet our responsibilities in this area to our students, the business community and society as a whole.
Professor Hoetker described the Centre’s three mutually supporting areas of activity as generating and curating leading-edge research, increasing the sustainability-competence of future leaders, and advancing the current practice of sustainability in business by leveraging its extensive experience in helping organisations develop new skills and navigate change. The Centre will also support MBS on its own sustainability journey.
MEI and the Centre are co-sponsoring a research project, Organisational determinants of the uptake and performance of energy efficiency initiatives, led by MEI Director Professor Michael Brear and Professor Hoetker.
Find out more about the Centre.