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.