Three MBA student teams to compete in Davos final round of Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World Case Competition


TORONTO, January 19, 2015 – The Schulich School of Business and Corporate Knights congratulate the three MBA student teams that will compete in the final round of the Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World Case Competition on January 23 in Davos during the World Economic Forum annual conference.

The qualifying teams come from the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business; the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver; and York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

Twenty-six teams from around the world registered for the second annual competition, which was established in 2013 in partnership with Corporate Knights magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on responsible business.

Teams were asked to create a sustainability-driven business plan for the case subject, Swiss-based pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Their challenge was to identify a wide range of social, environmental and governance metrics to boost Novartis’s standing on the Corporate Knights Global 100 ranking so that the company surpasses its industry peers on sustainability performance.

Their Round 3 presentations in Davos will be in front of a live panel of high-profile judges. The winning team will receive a $6,000 prize. Last year’s winner was Sweden’s Stockholm School of Economics, which had the challenge of elevating the sustainability performance of Canadian oil developer Suncor Energy.

“The teams have worked very hard to reach this final stage of the Business for a Better World Case Competition,” said Dirk Matten, one of the competition organizers. “It’s a pleasure to see the calibre of innovative solutions to sustainability problems that MBA students from some of the leading business schools in the world are able to develop.”

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About Schulich
Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, and #2 in the world by the Aspen Institute (a Washington, DC-based leadership think tank) in global surveys that identify which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. Schulich’s MBA program is also ranked among the world’s leading schools by The Economist, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek and Expansión, Mexico’s leading business publication. The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #1 in the world by The Economist, and #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. For complete ranking details, please visit

About Corporate Knights
Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. is a Toronto-based media, research and financial products company focused on clean capitalism. Corporate Knights, the company’s quarterly magazine, was named “Magazine of the Year” in 2013 by the National Magazine Awards Foundation. It is distributed in Canada as an insert inside the Globe and Mail and in the United States inside the Washington Post. With a circulation of more than 120,000, Corporate Knights is one of the most widely read publications devoted to business and sustainability issues. Corporate Knights Inc. is proud to be a certified B Corporation. Visit:

For more information, please contact:
Dirk Matten
Professor of Strategy, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility& Associate Dean, Research
Schulich School of Business
York University

Tyler Hamilton
Editor-In-Chief, Corporate Knights
Adjunct professor, Environmental Studies, York University
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Twitter: @CorporateKnight