‘Going green’, ‘Saving the environment’ and ‘Sustainability’ – are terms used extensively, but do we truly advocate them? The Sustainable Earth Expo, held at the North Spine Plaza on 17 March 2017, aimed to educate and inform the NTU community on how going green and sustainability could help the society.
Nanyang Business School’s Centre for Business Sustainability was a participant in this Expo, showcasing the school’s educational and research prowess in corporate sustainability. The Expo also featured ongoing research being done by the various centres and schools within NTU.
About Centre for Business Sustainability
Professor S. Viswanathan
Associate Dean (Research), NBS
Director, Centre for Business Sustainability
The Centre was formed in 2016, and led by Prof S Viswanathan. The vision of NBS’ Centre for Business Sustainability is to create greater awareness about corporate sustainability and socially responsible business operations among students, faculty, and corporations. Sustainability and responsibility in this context is with respect to the natural environment, society, and communities.
NBS has over 23 faculty members teaching and conducting research on ‘Business Sustainability’ across all disciplines in the school. Top business schools around the world are placing greater emphasis on corporate sustainability.
As a leading young university, NTU has established ‘Sustainable Earth’ as one of its Five Peaks of Excellence in research, which creates a solid platform to advance academic efforts in sustainability.
The Centre organises an interdisciplinary research seminar series on business sustainability, where invited speakers include leading global sustainability thinkers and scholars from top business schools. Two years ago, NBS launched a new PhD elective course on business sustainability that helps students to develop research interests across functional domains.
The Centre has collaborations with industry players such as the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS). Through these collaborations, case studies are written on local firms which have successfully implemented sustainable business practices and innovative green technologies.
NBS is also the first Asian school member in the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), whose members include other top schools such as MIT, Michigan, Harvard, UCLA, and other top universities.