Why we partner with the Exeter MBA

At the frontline of Change

A partnership with progressive, FTSE100 companies 

The Exeter MBA is a unique partnership with FTSE100 companies and leading NGOs - all leaders in their field, yet at the frontline of change.

The on-going contribution of our corporate and institutional partners ensures the programme content is focused, relevant and informed by real global challenges. We are working with some of the world’s most enlightened NGOs, start ups and multinationals – they place responsible management, sustainability and innovation at the heart of their strategies.

Our corporate and institutional partners support our participants on the programme in many different ways

How successful partnerships benefit you

Our partner organisations include FTSE100 companies, SMEs, NGOs and social enterprises - they all play an active part in the delivery of The Exeter MBA:

  • They co-deliver the MBA programme.  Our partners work alongside MBA Faculty to bring their own knowledge and experience to the programme by leading or co-delivering MBA modules, contributing guest talks and setting real-life business challenges for you to address as part of the assessment for your MBA
  • They provide opportunities to work with an inspirational range of organisations through case study analysis, assignments, projects, field and study trips.
  • They lead and support our Business Resilience series of guest talks and panel discussions, and our Business Insights 2020 workshops
  • They offer scholarships to help you fund your MBA
  • They support and mentor you, help you practice your interview skills
  • They ensure the One Planet MBA is at the forefront of thinking and practice and relevant to the needs of modern day business by chairing the MBA's Corporate Advisory Board.

To see how our partners contribute to the MBA, see our interview to Business Because

Work and Study with Enlightened Partners 

On The Exeter MBA you take part in team-based consulting assignments with our corporate partners and external clients at key stages of the year, for example as part of individual module assessment, the MBA's Corporate Challenge, Emerging Business Models project, Innovation project - and of course for your final MBA project which you undertake for one of our partners.

These projects and assignments help you appreciate the nature of change our partners face, and give you the opportunity to design innovative business models and solutions. By doing so you develop valuable experience, knowledge and skills that will propel you into senior management or consultancy roles after graduation.

Corporate-sponsored MBA Challenges and Projects

In 2017, the following organisations turned to the MBA to leverage the innovative business thinking of its participants while setting them challenges and providing consulting project opportunities: 

  • IBM
  • Barclays
  • SAP
  • The Met Office
  • PwC
  • The White Company
  • The Cooperative Group
  • Fairtrade Foundation
  • Bunzl
  • Syngenta
  • Coca Cola
  • EY
  • Unilever
  • Oxfam
  • Marks & Spencer

We also work closely with smaller organisations and start ups - in particular those pioneering change through new business models such as Uber, Airbnb and organisations that leverage new technologies and ways of thinking.

On The Exeter MBA you will drive innovation and change.

Our Key Corporate Partners 

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and with 78,500 employees. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed services. Sustainability is a key part of their corporate strategy and their ambition is to be recognized as a world leader in providing innovative IT solutions to help business become more sustainable. Atos understand that sustainable business is good economics and that sustainability needs to become part of a company’s core business, embedded in its processes and running through its culture and influencing every activity.


Coca-Cola Enterprises is the leading Western European marketer, distributor and producer of non-alcoholic beverages and one of the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers. The company’s mission is to create a low carbon, zero-waste future where they use sustainable resources – as part of a closed loop system - and develop a business that makes a positive environmental, social and economic contribution to the communities in which they operate.

For the third year running One Planet MBA students are able to work with Coca Cola tapping into their expertise on sustainability and the environment and benefitting from internships and scholarships.


IBM is a globally integrated enterprise bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development with the aim of shaping the future of society at large, their ‘Smarter Planet’ initiative is designed to encourage innovative working across multiple industry sectors to ensure a smarter, anticipatory approach to solving problems and creating a competitive edge.

IBM are involved in the One Planet MBA to ensure that future leaders of all types of enterprises know how to be successful in a rapidly changing interconnected world which requires both vision and collaboration.


Lafarge is the market-leader in cement and holds top-ranking positions in aggregates, concrete and plasterboard. Sustainable development is a priority for the Lafarge Group who aim to create specialist solutions which encourage creativity whilst leaving a lighter trace on the world. Their Sustainability Ambitions 2012 roadmap outlines the Group's commitment and highlights new challenges with regard to climate change, health and safety and the protection of the environment and biodiversity. Lafarge has ranked among the 100 best-performing multinationals in terms of sustainable development according to a study organised by Corporate Knights Inc.


Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. By combining industry expertise with innovative technology they deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organisation. They are clear about their responsibility to do business in ways that respect, protect and benefit customers, employees, communities and the environment and work to make sure this responsibility informs everything they do.


With a top-10 position in the CDP Climate Change Report 2012 and ranked the number two communications and technology company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Nokia is a leader in embedding sustainability thinking and action into its business strategy. Nokia’s goal is to build great mobile products that appeal worldwide whilst integrating responsible environmental and social practices into everything they do. From the devices they build to the suppliers they choose, the aim is to deliver mobile solutions that will enhance people’s education, livelihoods and health.


Canon is a world leader in imaging products and solutions for the digital home and office. Canon’s aim is to do business responsibly and they believe that the innovations and technological advances they embed into their products should enrich customer’s lives without harming the environment. From design and production through to customer use, recycling and re-use, they are working to reduce the environmental impact of their products and operations and promote sustainable consumption.


The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank, Britannia and The Co-operative Insurance. The Group has set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies almost 50 commitments in these areas. By listening to its membership, the Co-operative Group ensures it acts in a way that reflects the priorities and values of its members and this has made them one of the world’s leading businesses tackling climate change.


With a vision to create a better everyday life for people, IKEA’s aim is to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices so that as many people as possible can afford them. IKEA recognises that responsibility for people and the environment is a prerequisite for good business and has continually embedded environmental and social responsibility into its products and operations since the 1990’s. In the last decade IKEA has established several successful partnerships with leading NGOs to act on a range of community involvement and sustainability projects.


Lloyds Banking Group is the largest retail bank in the UK and has strong positions in a number of sectors. They recognise they have a role to play in society and that their success comes down to building relationships with their customers that deliver financial well-being and stability and are founded on responsible action. For Lloyds this means acting with honesty and integrity whilst creating value for customers and value for the business in terms of profit.

Lloyds have been members of the School’s Business Leaders Forum for many years and are engaged in the One Planet MBA as part of their commitment to facilitating the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.


A leading global manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products, Sony’s mission is to bring new technologies, content and services together to enrich life through technology. Sony recognises and embraces its responsibility to reduce its impact on the environment and to act as a force for good in the communities in which they operate. As a consequence they are continually rethinking and re-evaluating their products and processes, applying ‘eco-thinking’ throughout the entire value chain; from sourcing raw materials to delivering products to their customers to reduce their impact on the planet.