Business Sustainability and COVID-19
Dr. Tim Palmer, professor of management and director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at Western Michigan University, served as a panelist on a webinar titled “Business Sustainability During the COVID-19 Crisis.” The webinar, hosted by the Rajagiri Business School in India, was moderated by Sunil Puliyakot, director, and included Dr. Krishnan Chandramohan, assistant professor, as a fellow panelist. More than 50 attendees participated in the webinar, with Palmer’s topic focusing on social sustainability.
Integrated supply chain management student Zachary Spiegla shares his experience volunteering with Meals on Wheels during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In December 2019, students participating in Dr. Timothy Palmer’s sustainability study abroad in India had the opportunity to partner with Haworth Inc. and Youth for Parivarthan, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization local to Bangalore.
Jaime Meyer, a marketing student in the Haworth College of Business, wanted to make an impact on global engagement right here in her local community, so she embarked on a service learning experience at Lincoln International Elementary School.
The Business Influencer’s Organization helps students of all business disciplines meet their personal and professional goals. Focusing on servant leadership, the RSO’s mission is “To challenge each other in personal growth, share our ideas as social impactors, and influence our communities toward a richer tomorrow.”
Students in Dr. Timothy Palmer's business ethics and sustainability class are learning the social responsibility that comes with being a business leader. Since becoming a requirement for upper level business students, ethics and sustainable business has grown to nearly 250 students enrolled, each tasked with completing 15 hours of community service in addition to their course work.
Visiting Haworth Inc. in India
Dr. Tim Palmer, professor of management, recently traveled to India where he was able to connect with Haworth employees in Chennai. Palmer is learning about Haworth’s investment in social responsibility in the area and visited a rural health clinic and a government school with Haworth employees, learning about the company’s involvement with both organizations. Palmer is exploring a potential partnership with Haworth Inc. in coming years for the Sustainability in India course, which he co-leads.
In summer 2019, Tim Johnson, B.B.A.’18, climbed 19,341 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised more than $6,000 for Lifewater International, which will help provide clean, safe and long-lasting water technology to a remote village in need.
The Haworth College of Business was named to an elite list of the top 100 business schools that emphasize sustainability in their Master of Business Administration programs. The Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based company that promotes socially and ecologically conscious business models, recognized WMU in its 16th Annual Better World MBA ranking.
Patti Poppe, president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, delivered a presentation titled "Our Promise: The Triple Bottom Line" as part of Western Michigan University's Distinguished Speaker Series.
The Haworth College of Business first-year experience courses once again paid their respects to veterans by participating in the college's fifth annual community service project, cleaning headstones at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.
Western Michigan University's Office for Sustainability celebrates individuals who work tirelessly to advance sustainability on campus and in the community. Dr. Tim Palmer, professor of management and director for the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, was recently featured as a WMU sustainability champion.