Seeking a sustainable future: from Clinton to honey bees


Hult International Business School is a proud signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME’s mission is to develop learning communities and promote awareness about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. PRME encourages business schools around the world to innovate in their education and research to ensure today’s and tomorrow’s business leaders have the knowledge, skills and awareness to help tackle global challenges and play their part as architects of a better world.

Added on 10 August 2016 by Matthew Gitsham

Seeking a sustainable future: from Clinton to honey bees

As an academic institution, Hult International Business School focuses on five areas:

  1. What we teach—embedding global challenges and societal impact across the whole curricula, and reinforcing with extra-curricula activities
  2. Who we teach—seeking to bring quality management education to women and men from all parts of the world, including some of the least developed countries, and ensuring access for those who are financially disadvantaged
  3. Research and faculty—seeking to embed concern for global challenges and societal impact across our research program, and recruiting and developing faculty who can research and teach on these themes
  4. Sustainable campuses—actively managing environmental and social impact through how we manage our campuses
  5. Global leadership—seeking to influence and support positive societal impact from across the management education sector as a whole

Ashridge House, which is the headquarters of Ashridge Executive Education and a Hult campus, has achieved ISO14001 and ISO50001 certification, and participates in the International Association of Conference Centre’s Code of Sustainability and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

From honey bees…..

The Ashridge House campus, which is Grade I listed, presents a number of sensitive biodiversity issues as it is located at the heart of the 5000-acre Ashridge Park of historic woodlands and commons within the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South of England. In 2011, we adopted a new biodiversity policy clarifying the principles that inform how we manage our grounds, working to improve habitats for priority species like bees, butterflies, and bats. We have worked with a local beekeeper to introduce beehives in the Ashridge Gardens: we now produce our own Ashridge Honey.   

In 2013 we successfully secured funding from the UK Tree Council to replant the original orchard in the Ashridge Gardens. We worked with the Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative, the Dacorum Local Food Initiative, and the Tring Apple Fayre together with the 1st Warners End Scouts from Hemel Hempstead and pupils from Westfield Primary School in Berkhamsted to plant 60 fruit trees in National Tree Week in November 2013. We now have apples, pears, plums, and cherries, with many local heritage varieties including Berkhamsted’s apple, the Lane’s Prince Albert, Hemel Hempstead’s Brownlees Russet, the Aylesbury Prune, the Golden Transparent Gage, the Caldecott Pear, and the Nimble Dick Cherry. education for sustainable development...

Ensuring today’s and tomorrow’s managers understand the world’s most pressing challenges, and are equipped to help their organizations make the best contribution to helping tackle them, has always been core to the mission of Hult International Business School and Ashridge Executive Education.

Our MBA students study subjects such as shared value, integrated reporting, the circular economy, the base of the pyramid, gender and leadership, human rights and business in conflict zones. All integrated into their courses on strategy, finance, marketing and operations, with capstone projects on social innovation for companies like Philips, Unilever and Ericsson.

Ashridge Executive Education creates leadership development experiences that help organizations further their own sustainability goals, such as the sustainability thread running through our leadership program with FrieslandCampina. During which their managers meet key stakeholders, engage in challenge projects with social and commercial goals, and form into networks of CSR ambassadors, to help the organization achieve its route2020 strategy for climate neutral growth.

…..and the Hult Prize

Hailed as the Nobel Prize for students and named by President Clinton and Time Magazine as one of the “Top Five Ideas Changing the World”, the Hult Prize is the world’s largest and most prestigious student competition. Its purpose: to transform students into entrepreneurs who are focused on using business to end poverty.

Launched in 2009 as one student’s bright idea, the Hult Prize today partners with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative to challenge students around the world to use business to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. To help make these ideas a reality, Hult Prize winners receive USD 1 million in seed money from the Hult Foundation.

As our benefactor Bertil Hult has said: "Hult International Business School is dedicated to educating not just leaders of business, but leaders of the world."

See the full UN PRME Report 2016