George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Business For A Better World Center, Lead

Lasting change is only possible through collaboration. Because we understand the power of working together, we are building a coalition of partner schools and organizations to accomplish our ambitious goals.

The Academy of Business in Society
The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) is a global network of over 100 companies and academic institutions whose expertise, commitment, and resources are leveraged to invest in a more sustainable future for business in society. ABIS' mission is to advance the role of business in society through research and education. Center leadership and the Dean of the School of Business are active members in ABIS.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a global nonprofit association, connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. When educational, professional, and business organizations become members of AACSB, they are part of a movement united to improve the quality of business education around the world. The Center has made several presentations to AACSB over the last few years, and in 2019 we were recognized as an Innovation that Inspires by AACSB.

Ashoka U
Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students. Mason has a long history of changemaker education. In fact, as one of the original four Changemaker Campuses, Mason’s relationship with Ashoka U dates back to 2008. Center Co-Executive Director, Lisa Gring-Pemble, serves as an Ashoka change leader at Mason.

AshokaU’s premier annual event, The Exchange, is a gathering for social impact educators - a home for creative problem solvers, learners, listeners, and visionaries. We were proud to have been selected to host the 2021 Exchange. More than 525 people, representing more than 100 universities and more than 30 countries, participated in the conference. Dean Maury Peiperl and Provost Mark Ginsberg offered welcoming remarks and President Greg Washington was a keynote speaker. Mason hosted 8 panels with more than 50 Mason faculty, students, and staff participating in the conference – some of which can be viewed online.

European Foundation for Management Development
The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is a global non-profit dedicated to management development. EFMD is a network for schools and companies that aim to develop socially responsible leaders and managers looking for opportunities to connect with each other.

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The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) is an international, multi-sector community that exists to catalyze the development of globally responsible leadership and practice in organization and societies worldwide. GRLI facilitates an inclusive and collective call for deep systemic change across three domains: how we live and make a living, how we learn, and how we lead. 

The Dean of the School of Business and Center Executive Directors are members of the GRLI Deans and Directors Cohort. Additionally, in 2021 B4BW joined GRLI as an Associate Organization. 

Principles for Responsible Management Education
The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. The Center has been instrumental in leading the Business School’s membership in PRME since 2014 and Champion status since 2018. Center Co-Executive Director, Anne Magro, served on the PRME Advisory Council for two years.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was established in 2012 by the UN Secretary-General and mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development. SDSN promote integrated approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation. The Center has been involved in supporting and leading Mason’s involvement with the UNSDSN

United Nations Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. They provide a principle-based framework, best practices, resources, and networking events to help revolutionize how companies do business responsibly and keep commitments to society. On July 1, 2012, then Mason President Cabrera committed Mason to support the UN Global Compact and Center leadership has spearheaded Mason’s relationship with a number of UN related initiatives including PRME and the University Global Coalition. The UN 17 global goals are the bedrock of the Center’s work.