Social Responsibility

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Social Responsibility

We traditionally assign particular importance to responsibility as a value. Responsibility is the leitmotif that runs through our organization. It defines our actions, teaching and research as well as the work of our participants. We are proud that our achievements in this field have already won numerous accolades.

Social Responsibility

  • Organization

    • Firmly anchored in our strategy and Mission Statement
    • One of the five core values of the organization developed by our staff
    • Student selection based on personal interviews; responsibility a key factor in the admissions process
    • “Honor Code” and “Code of Conduct” form the foundation of the program; violations can lead to expulsion
    • “Green MBS”: Initiative conducted by staff to enhance the sustainability of processes in the workplace (e.g. significant reduction in the use of paper/scope of printed materials)
  • Research and Instruction

    • Professorships/Chairs in the Business School and the School of Humanities of the University of Mannheim
    • Integration of the topics of ethics and CSR in many research programs
    • Courses in business ethics and CSR are mandatory in all MBA programs
    • Integration of issues from these areas in nearly all teaching areas (e.g. marketing, logistics, economics)
    • Service learning integrated into the curriculum as a learning method
  • Student involvement

    • In MBA programs, a social project is a core element of the curriculum
    • Every year, roughly 15 social projects are implemented by groups of participants from Mannheim Business School – generally in collaboration with organizations in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region
    • Projects focused primarily on collecting donations have raised over €100,000 for charitable purposes in individual cases
    • The aim of social projects is to encourage participants to become involved, take responsibility and increase their awareness of societal and environmental issues
    • For international participants, social projects give them the opportunity to gain further insights into the culture and society of Germany
  • Awards

    • #24 globally, #9 in Europe and #1 in Germany in the Better World MBA Ranking 2017 of the Canadian sustainability magazine Corporate Knights
    • One of five companies nominated for the social responsibility prize for medium-sized companies of the State of Baden-Württemberg in 2015 (LEA; sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economics and social welfare organization of Baden-Württemberg's churches)


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.