Business with Purpose
Bettering business initiatives
Gabelli School MBA programs embody the school’s mission of inspiring and empowering positive global change through its curriculum and experiential learning. The school offers courses that promote social justice, social entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability. Gabelli MBA students interested in the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and profit may pursue a cross-disciplinary secondary concentration in global sustainability.
The Full-Time MBA program at the Gabelli School of Business was recently ranked #8 in corporate social responsibility by the Financial Times. It was ranked #11 by Corporate Knights in its 2018 Better World MBA Rankings, which assesses business schools worldwide on their commitment to sustainable development. Fordham is also an Ashoka Changemaker Campus. Read more about this global designation.
For those bothered by the notion of profit over principles
All Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA students complete a required course called Markets, Business, and Society as part of the curriculum. This course gives students a realistic understanding of the responsibilities of being a businessperson and provides practical tools to make better choices. Additionally, all core courses must dedicate at least one session to addressing ethical grey areas found within its discipline.
At the Gabelli School, there are no spectators—only participants
As part of the Gabelli Launch onboarding experience, Full-Time MBA students participate in a Community Impact Challenge by engaging in a consulting project with a local NGO based in a foreign country.
Professional MBA students begin their program with the Value and Values workshop, which encourages them to examine whether economic activity can ever be completely separate from ethics.
Centers and institutes at the Gabelli School bring together the academic and professional communities to make lasting changes in the world.
The Center for Humanistic Management is committed to social innovation and engages in active outreach to practice and policy. The center played a central role in helping Fordham University gain recognition as an AshokaU Changemaker Campus.
The Center for Positive Marketing upholds marketing as a force for good in the world, and recognizes the best way to boost business performance is to bring benefits to people’s lives.
The Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations seeks to expand the number of organizations that can legitimately be called “trustworthy.” Such organizations consistently demonstrate the values, practices, and processes that warrant stakeholder trust.
Gabelli School students can take advantage of any number of Fordham’s university-wide initiatives. These include:
- Fordham’s Social Innovation Collaboratory, which addresses social and environmental issues
- Center for Community Engaged Learning, which helps connect students to service and social justice related community experiences through volunteer, service-learning, and nonprofit internship opportunities
- Blockchain for Humanity Initiative, which aims to create a platform for technology experts, scholars, and humanitarian practitioners to identify, discuss, and recommend policies concerning the application of blockchain technology for humanitarian action