GBSN and EFMD are pleased to announce a joint initiative to celebrate institutional programs and initiatives that serve our communities worldwide. The Going BEYOND Awards are designed to highlight and share programs and initiatives that strengthen society, demonstrate community impact and embody the spirit of inclusive and sustainable development.

Qualifying entries describe programs and initiatives that have demonstrated a positive impact on society BEYOND the traditional degree programs offered by institutions and academic research published in journals. Qualifying entries will be organized and featured in an online showcase.

The top 3 entries will be invited to present at a special Going BEYOND awards webinar regarding their initiative/program, and their submission will also shared across the entire GBSN Beyond conference between November 7-9 via the Whova app, the website, and social media.

Top award nominations will be featured in the Whova event app, as well as combined into a collective report that will be made available to all GBSN Beyond participants and to the GBSN and EFMD networks.

Submissions Now Closed

The submission deadline is October 31, 2022 at 8AM EDT.

Award Values

Program entries will demonstrate one or more of the following values:

Empowers and enables people

GBSN and EFMD are especially interested in programs targeting people who have been historically excluded from management education and development activities. For example, programs targeting people in developing countries, vulnerable populations such as refugees or low-income neighborhoods, rural communities without basic infrastructure, etc.

Catalyzes inclusive and sustainable development

The program has a direct positive impact on society beyond helping learners to find jobs or insights that can be shared from a published article. GBSN and EFMD are looking for programs that benefit business in a way that fosters sustainability and approaches beyond the narrow view on short-term profit making and shareholders.

Demonstrates contextual relevance

GBSN and EFMD believe that learning is most effective when it is contextually relevant. The program or initiative should have special meaning within the context most relevant for the learners. For example, the programs can show how content is localized and/or leverages peer-to-peer learning and builds-in context-specific experiential learning.

International connectivity and collaboration

Global connectivity can support local development. Describe how the program creates value through international connections, whether it be through GBSN, EFMD or other means.


  • Jaime Bettcher

    Program Manager
    Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
  • Howard Thomas

    Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management & Management Education
    Singapore Management University
    United Kingdom
  • Giselle Weybrecht

    Author of The Sustainable MBA
    United Nations Global Compact
  • Arnold Smit

    Associate Professor Extraordinaire
    University of Stellenbosch Business School
    South Africa

2021 Winning Entry

Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre

Lagos Business School, Nigeria

2021 Top 4 Entries

EMBA “Social Innovation and Impact Investment Program”

International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland & Singapore

Leadership and Management Program (LAMP)

Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation, United States

Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre

Lagos Business School, Nigeria

Macheo Program

Strathmore University, Kenya

2021 Top Award Nominations

Make the Case: A Unique Competition to Identify and Showcase High-impact Plastic Waste Reduction Initiatives in India

Goa Institute of Management, India  

FLOW: Female Leaders Opportunities and Wholeness| 

Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Russia

Sustainable Enterprise Development 

Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden

Macheo Program

Strathmore University 


The Embedding Project 

SFU Beedie School of Business, Canada

Halad to Health 

Monash University Business School, Australia

Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics  Netherlands

Startup Launchpad 

The American University in Cairo School of Business, Egypt

Residual Water Treatment Plant

Universidad Tecnológica ECOTEC, Ecuador

Female Academic Role Model Empowerment, Equality and Sustainability (FREE) Project 

The American University Beirut, Lebnon

Volunteering@WU-Lernen Macht Schule

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

The Chipita Future Leaders Learning Series:Developing a Growth Mindset for the Digital Era

Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

Leadership and Management Program (LAMP)

Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation, United States

Agriculture Initiative in Refugee Camps 

Coventry University, United Kingdom

Industry Immersion Africa

ESMT Berlin, Germany

Indigenous ACE Program (I-ACE)

University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, Canada

CoBS Student International CSR Article Competition

ESSEC Business School, France

Corteva Women in Agriculture Program 

Gordon Institute of Business Science, Entrepreneurship Development, South Africa

AIM Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership

Asian Institute of Management, Philippines

Small Business Academy Development Program

University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

SONJO (Sambatan Jogja)

Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Post Graduate Program in Management Sustainability Centre

Athena School of Management, India

Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre

Lagos Business School, Nigeria


Universal Business School, India

EMBA “Social Innovation and Impact Investment Program” 

International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland & Singapore

Digigallus Connect 

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Foresight and Strategic Design

EDHEC Business School, France


Newcastle University Business School, United Kingdom

Impact Legacy

Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil