BY FABIOLA CARLETTI
This article was originally published in The Ubyssey
When Jennifer Matchett says things need to change, she means business.
Matchett is the co-director of the Commerce Undergraduate Society’s committee on sustainability. She is one of several students at the Sauder School of Business who want their curriculum to include more dialogue about environmental sustainability.
“We feel that the major players in any environmental movement are corporations,” said Matchett. “If they don’t change, nothing’s really going to change.”
Business students gathered on November 6 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues for the second annual Chasing Sustainability Conference. Along with guest speakers, they discussed strategies for going beyond “green-washing” and striving toward ecologically responsible businesses practices.
Brian Grant, an attendee and fourth-year accounting student, said he started thinking about ethical business practices after watching a hard-hitting documentary called The Corporation, which compares corporations to psychopaths.
“Nowadays, people are reacting to the fact that businesses have a bad rap,” said Grant.
Despite the crisp collars, neat ties and professional footwear, the event did not look like a usual conference.