Trinity Business School has committed to becoming net carbon neutral by 2030 as part of the school’s new “Transforming Business for Good” strategy released last week.
The plan aims for the school to become “a beacon for ecologically sustainable businesses and business schools” worldwide.
College’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and Sustainability Policy do not currently outline targets for carbon neutrality.
The Business School says the new strategy is “driven by an awareness of the need to act immediately and courageously to address major global challenges”.
It intends to deliver business education and research that promotes ethical leadership, eco-sustainability and humane business practices, while “building the school’s reputation, profile, brand and distinctiveness as a university-based business school that is engaged with business and society as a force for good”.
The underlying principles of the strategy are to achieve enduring excellence in research and education as well as to define and pursue measures that will “put in more than it takes out” in every area of activity.
The strategy will aim for Trinity Business School to achieve several core goals, set across all levels of teaching and operations, including improved student to staff ratios and student satisfaction scores, curriculum revision with focus on “responsible leadership, eco-sustainability, ESG and diversity” and maximised research output.
In a press release, Dean of Trinity Business School and Chair of Business Studies Prof Andrew Burke said: “Our mission is to ‘Transform Business for Good’ not only because it is the right thing to do – especially as there really is no Planet B – but also because it is the new frontier of competition.”
“Businesses that are unable to deliver ethical, humane and sustainable goods and services simply won’t survive. This strategy is fundamentally about making a positive difference to business and society.”
Trinity Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer Prof Orla Sheils added: “We live in a time of unprecedented political upheaval and of major disruption to public health. We are challenged by rapid urbanisation, huge migration and extensive digitalisation. It is a time in which climate-change and biodiversity depletion are advancing at a perilous pace, and we live in a world where systemic inequity persists.”
“Through this plan, Trinity Business School shares its vision of how we aspire to prepare our graduates and faculty to face these challenges with appropriate skills and an ethos of inherent ethics and professionalism.”