Doing More for Those with Less

Could business schools do more to alleviate global poverty? Business school students think they could, according to recent survey.

Business school students and alumni would like their business schools to play a much bigger role in alleviating global poverty. Of 1,729 individuals surveyed in late 2018 and early 2019 by the Business Graduates Association (BGA):

36% believe their business schools help poor communities, but the vast majority believe their schools could do much more.

50% would like to see their MBA programs dedicate more curricula to poverty alleviation.

68% would like schools to work more closely with future business leaders in low-income areas.

54% would like their business schools to promote social welfare over profits.

4.75 is respondents’ average rating, on a scale of 0 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), of the impact their business schools are making on poverty reduction.

The BGA, a member organization formed by the Association of MBAs in the United Kingdom, conducted its survey as part of its Poverty and Impact Research Project.

The BGA has highlighted a selection of case studies on ways that business schools are addressing global poverty in the January 2019 issue of its magazine Business Impact. Read the issue here