Team Trinity from Audencia Business School, France

One Planet Sustainability Challenge

Teams from across the world took part in the One Planet Sustainability Challenge, started last year by students in the Business School MBA programme.  Fifteen teams offered innovative solutions to environmental problems faced by businesses, set by our partners Coca-Cola Enterprises and Interface Inc.

Now in its second year, the Business School event challenged MBA and Master’s degree students to find innovative and creative solutions to real-life recycling and waste management issues for businesses in both developed and developing countries.  Companies taking part included WWF, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Interface Inc., Elvis and Kresse and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The challenge was also supported by the Students' Green Unit.

On day one of the challenge, the Business School welcomed a range of speakers who gave their views and perspectives on the way they manage waste. This included addresses by Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Dr. Stewart Barr, Associate Professor in Geography at Exeter. The day concluded with a panel discussion before moving on to a networking dinner at which Emily Wilson, from Support International, highlighted the charity’s extensive operations in Indonesia.

On day two of the challenge, the fifteen MBA teams competed in two challenges set by the event’s corporate partners Coca-Cola Enterprises and Interface Inc. The teams worked to develop and present their proposals in a ‘Dragon’s Den style’ pitch, suggesting inventive solutions to real-life sustainability business challenges. Their proposals were judged by a panel comprised of the corporate partners and representatives from the University.

Congratulations to Team Spring from Aston Business School, Birmingham who won the Coca-Cola Enterprises challenge and team Trinity from Audencia Business School, France who won the Interface Inc. challenge.

Date: 1 July 2014

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