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World Economic Forum: Judge at the 'Business for a Better World MBA Case Competition'

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

On Friday, 25 January 2014, the final round of presentations of the Corporate Knights-Schulich ‘Business for a Better World Case Competition’ took place at the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos Switzerland.

The Business for a Better World Case Competition is a partnership between Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. This international MBA competition has a prize pool of more than $15,000. This competition requires student teams to apply 12 of the most widely disclosed and tracked sustainability indicators to a specific case, making the contest unique among the world’s responsible business competitions. Teams will be challenged to identify priority social, environmental and governance metrics for the case company and improve its performance (relative to industry peers) on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, an annual benchmark ranking that has been produced by Corporate Knights since 2005. The objective is to get students familiar with commonly accepted and emerging sustainability indicators and to build a case for what steps a company can take to become an ESG outperformer in its sector and top-ranked among peers.

The case competition drew a broad global interest from 28 MBA student teams from Univerisities all over the world. A panel of experts picked the five teams who were invited to provide a 20 page expose of their case solution. Out of these, the final three teams to present in Davos were picked. The judging panel in Davos consisted of:

Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company; Sean Flannery, Vice Chairman Corporate Knights Capital and former Executive Vice President of State Street Corporation; Robert Greenhill, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Nicky Major, Global Corporate Sustainability Leader, Ernst & Young; Dirk Matten, Professor of Strategy andHewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility  at the Schulich School of Business; Steve Williams, President and CEO Suncor

The finalists included teams from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, from Duquesne University and the Stockholm School of Economics. The winning team from Stockholm consisted of four students, including Chris Royle, who is 2009 IBBA alumni of the Schulich School of Business.

The panel of judges (from right): Nicky Major, Sean Flannery, Robert Greenhill, Steve Williams, Dominic Barton, Dirk Matten

The winning team from Stockholm School of Economics and the judges

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