2021 Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking: Audencia ranked first in France and 32nd worldwide

10 November 2021

Today Corporate Knights released its 19th annual Better World MBA Ranking. The Audencia MBA programme took the lead among French MBAs, and is ranked 32nd worldwide, ahead of emlyon (36th worldwide) and INSEAD (38th worldwide). These are the only three schools in France placed in the top 40 ranking. 


Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking, published on November 10thranks Audencia’s Nantes-based programme as 1st in France, and 32nd in the world.

In response to the positive impact ranking, Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights, commented: “Every MBA programme in the world should be instilling holistic purpose in leaders, ensuring they have the skills, tools and values to build a more inclusive, healthier economy that is beneficial to society and in harmony with the natural world, and the Better World business schools are leading the way.”

Mickaël Naulleau, Director of the Audencia MBA & DBA Community, said “this is recognition of the school’s Full-Time MBA in Responsible Management, which started over 15 years ago when Audencia broke new ground by making CSR a central and essential component of business education and research. Our expertise in this area has grown and is now part of all our MBA programmes. Audencia is going even further in this area with its new ECOS 2025 strategic plan and its focus on the virtuous transformation of individuals, organisations, and indeed, all the stakeholders of our MBA & DBA Community, whether students, graduates, professors or partners.  We are all motivated to work together for the common good, conscious of the fact that we are all part of one community on this planet.”

To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 147 MBAs, including the 2021 Financial Times 100 Global MBA programmes, as well as every programme that had made the 2020 Top 40 in the Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking, and select MBA programmes accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS, and/or signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education that opted in for evaluation.

Programmes were evaluated across a range of key performance indicators. These include: core course integration of sustainability, research publications per faculty member on sustainability topics in the calendar year 2020, the percentage of total faculty publications in 2020 on sustainability topics and the number of citations per faculty for those publications, sustainability-focused research institutes and centres and faculty gender diversity and faculty racial diversity. Further details of the evaluation method used are available on Corporate Knights’ website.


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About Corporate Knights:

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces proprietary rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance, including the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Corporate Knights was named Magazine of the Year in 2013 and won the SABEW Canada Silver Award for Investigative Reporting in 2019.


About Audencia

Founded in 1900, Audencia is one of the best European business schools today. Audencia is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The first French management school to adhere to the UN’s Global Compact, and a signatory of its Principles of Responsible Management Education, Audencia has long been committed to educating and guiding innovative and responsible managers with hybrid skills, which contribute positively to the challenges faced by organisations, companies, and our planet. Audencia created Gaïa, the first school solely dedicated to ecological and social transition. In co-creation with its stakeholders, Audencia produces and disseminates knowledge that has an impact on scientific literature, the content of its training courses, company practices and society. It thus contributes to the following three major challenges: the creation and use of responsible technologies and information, the definition and adoption of managerial approaches promoting inclusive organisations and societies, and the design and implementation of business and sustainable development models. Audencia offers programmes in management and communication from bachelor to doctoral level. The school has signed accords with 212 international academic institutions and more than 180 national and international firms. Audencia is home to more than 6,100 students, 148 faculty and has a network of over 30,000 alumni. For more information visit: www.audencia.com and follow us on: Twitter @audencia.

Press contacts: 

Marina Normand – mnormand@audencia.com  – +33 6 31 90 70 88

Axelle Chevy – achevy@audencia.com  – +33 6 47 72 45 53

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