Sustainability at Ashridge

Significant global trends including population growth, globalization, shifting centers of economic power, increasing differentials in quality of life and stresses in the natural environment all point to major change in the years ahead. Our role is to help leaders think through the implications of these changes for both commercial success and broader societal wellbeing.

To play this role, we need to be doing three things:

  • Engaging in research and thought leadership to fully understand the changing nature of sustainability in each of our faculty’s field of expertise
  • Embracing ‘sustainable development’ across our portfolio of education and consulting work with clients
  • Addressing these trends in the way we operate as an organization, develop our staff and work with the local community

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Ashridge has always been at the forefront of sustainability research. In 1996 we established the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability to consider the implications of the changing expectations of the role of business in society.

In 2007, we became one of the first business schools to adopt the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, having participated in the global taskforce which developed them.

We are also a founding partner of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS). The ABIS is an alliance of businesses and academic institutions committed to integrating sustainability into the heart of business theory and practice.

Work with clients

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Sustainable development runs through much of our work including Open Programs and our Customized Executive Education work with specific organizations.

How we operate

Our vision is for Ashridge House is to be a sustainable venue of choice for all our clients. Being a Grade 1 listed building brings its challenges. However we have already achieved the ISO14001 Standards (the world's most respected standards for energy and environmental management). This is the result of our commitment and efforts in the areas of energy use, water, waste and procurement. We have set ourselves a number of further targets including, seeking to reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, in line with UK Government targets.


For more information, please contact:

The Health Safety and Environmental Team