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Building a sustainable future

By Sir Andrew Likierman

We hear a lot about “Sustainability”, which is defined in many ways but used here as the challenge of being responsive to environmental needs as well as business requirements. It’s long been the School’s aim to help contribute to meeting the global challenges of sustainability and there is already a lot happening around the School.

The long-established student-led CleanTech Challenge and Society, Environment, Economy Summit show how economic and environmental goals can be combined, while the Net Impact Club provides events to bring the agenda to the School and networking for those interested. Many alumni are also involved in the field.

Faculty colleagues are involved, too. Just two examples are Ioannis Ioannou, who has investigated the effect of sustainability on organisational processes and performance, while Alex Edmans regularly takes the social responsibility of business as a theme of his talks. The new Business for Development institute will have sustainability on its agenda.

We also have our own in-house efforts. The LBS Sustainability Initiative has among its aims to encourage action to reduce carbon emissions, achieve recycling targets and reduce paper use. It looks at standards to ensure there is a consistent approach across the School and sustainability is embedded in everything we do. The Sustainability Steering Group will be taking a lead on our in house activities supported by our champions of behavioral change, the Change Network and our community.

Do please get involved.