Griffith Project Wins Green Gown Awards in Sustainable Business

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Griffith University has won a sustainability award in the prestigious Green Gown Awards (Australasia), with a second recognition as a finalist for the Griffith Business School’s excellence in environmental business education. Both the winning and the finalist candidates for this 2020 sustainability awards belong to the ‘Learning, Teaching & Skills’ category. Both becoming a finalist and winning is a great achievement for the Griffith Business School and demonstrates how Griffith’s MBA aligns closely with sustainable business practices.

About the Green Gown Awards

This year marks the 11th Australasian Green Gown Awards. This is the first (and currently only) environmental awards program in Australasia focused on rewarding individuals, groups and organisations that excel in the field of sustainability within the tertiary education sector “reward[ing] those institutions making a positive change towards a greener future”

Supported by sustainability-driven brands like KeepCup, Envizi, and Biniris, the awards provide the perfect platform for recognising institutions that go above and beyond with their efforts to promote and achieve sustainability. 

Past winners have included: 

  • Extra-Curricular volunteering and civic engagement program for students
  • An internships program covering disciplines such as biodiversity and waste management
  • A Sustainability Week featuring environmental events and activities. 

Griffith is delighted to have had two finalists among the high-calibre nominees for these sustainability awards.


Griffith Winner:  Griffith University Business School

Griffith University Business School won the 2020 Green Gown Australasian Award in the ‘Learning, Teaching & Skills’ section for its ‘Tri Hita Karana – a transformational MBA journey towards well-being.'

Tri Hita Karana is a Balinese philosophy towards reaching happiness and balance in society through people, nature and the spiritual world. Griffith’s MBA has adopted this principle when developing its MBA program. The three values of Griffith’s MBA are:

  • Responsible leadership: mastering harmony across organisations and businesses.
  • Sustainable business practice: how to conduct business with respect for the environment.
  • Asia-Pacific focus: understanding how business can affect the harmony of a region.

MBA Director, Associate Professor Stephanie Schleimer said that “our submission focused on the transformational journeys of current MBA students and alumni and the impact their learning journeys have on their professional and personal lives... Winning this prestigious award is true recognition of the exceptional learning and teaching efforts of our Griffith MBA staff and a celebration of the remarkable students and alumni that choose to study with us”.

The Griffith Business School’s forward-thinking Masters Program also earned a nomination in the Learning, Teaching and Skills category in 2019.


2020 Finalist: Griffith Business School

The Griffith Business School also earned a finalist position in the sustainability award’s ‘Learning, Teaching and Skills’ category for the ‘Immersing students in sustainable business management through beer, fashion, surfing and gardening’ submission. 

Focussing on the necessity to incorporate sustainable business practices, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guides how Griffith University Business School develops its program. Earning a finalist position for the sustainability award, the mission is to create influential business leaders who respond to current climate issues and use business to make an impact on the world. 

The courses included in this initiative all revolve around one central goal: motivating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders to pave the way for a sustainable future. The programs cover topics such as: 

  • Socially responsible strategy
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Ethics education
  • Social business. 

This gives Griffith graduates the skills and knowledge to run businesses in a way that is financially profitable while also being eco-conscious and socially responsible. 

Did you know? The Corporate Knights 2020 Better World MBA Ranking continues to recognise our focus on sustainable and socially responsible practices by ranking our MBA #1 globally with a score of 95.4%.

Sustainable Practices at Griffith

It’s an honour to receive two finalist positions and one win for these sustainability awards, but these are far from the only green initiatives at Griffith.

Martin Betts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor, reminds us Griffith is globally known for having effective and innovative sustainable practices. “Griffith is proudly committed to sustainability and has worked since its founding to embed sustainable practices into all that we do,” he says.

You can learn more about sustainability in business here.

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