Engaging Multidisciplinary University Students in “Triple Bottom Line” Reporting: Using Global Reporting Initiative Metrics Inside the Classroom

By Elizabeth Gingerich.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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With increasing stakeholder demand for more corporate accountability, standard concepts of business ethics and environmental stewardship have evolved into more powerful markers of corporate social responsibility and company sustainability reporting. Universal guidelines have been developed to promote increased operational transparency and to level informational reporting asymmetries. The demands and expectations of investors and other entities affected by a business’s operations have served as a catalyst for the development and implementation of universally accepted standards to benchmark an organization’s performance. In this discourse, one such example of a company’s voluntary reporting pursuant to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 international standards is presented in a unique fashion: university students served as key participants in the reporting process. The pedagogical implications of this activity underscore the need to introduce the formal instruction of other markers of economic success to our next generation of business leaders. This case study focuses upon a group of multidisciplinary students from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, who partnered with an established company to jointly prepare an organizational stakeholder report pursuant to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 metrics.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Sustainability, Transparency, Accountability, Collaboration, Economic, Management, Social, Environment, “Global Reporting Initiative”, “Student Feedback”

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.015MB).

Dr. Elizabeth Gingerich

Associate Professor of Business Law, College of Business Administration, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, Elizabeth Gingerich joined the business faculty at the Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana College of Business Administration (CBA)in 2003 after 20 years of serving as a trial attorney and law firm partner. While continuing to maintain a part-time practice in corporate and intellectual property law, Ms. Gingerich, a tenured faculty member, instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in different levels of business law applications. She also serves the CBA as its sole editor of the Journal of Values-Based Leadership (www.valuesbasedleadershipjournal.com), focusing on moral perspectives offered by government officials, business leaders, and members of academe. Since 2003, Ms. Gingerich has served as the university faculty advisor to its interdisciplinary student chapter of Engineers-Without-Borders, participating in two clean water initiative projects in Kenya and Tanzania. In AY 2008-2009, Ms. Gingerich chaired the re-accreditation committee and prepared its 5-year maintenance report. She lectures and publishes worldwide, primary with respect to the changing role of business in a more transparent global marketplace.


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