ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece has a vision of a more prosperous society for all stakeholders, for a business world thriving with activity, innovation and sustainability, for leaders who inspire, aspire and enact.
Our mission is to educate the visionary leaders of tomorrow, who will be the agents of change for a societywhere human rights are respected, labor is honored, the environment is protected and corruption is nonexistent.
We believe that academic institutions play a key role in enriching, promoting and supporting business ethics, social responsibility and sustainability.
ALBA Graduate Business School initially formalized its Social Responsibility activities through the formation of the Social Responsibility Committee in 2009.
Given the ALBA Social Responsibility scope, activities and plans since then, we decided in 2013 to establish the ALBA Center for Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability (C.E.RE.S)
To be a national and international actor, point of reference and think tank for issues relating to Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
We believe that academic institutions play a very important role in raising awareness, promoting, enriching and supporting corporate social responsibility. Therefore, we believe that ALBA can make a difference in this role. We see this role as two-fold:
To be a catalyst in the understanding and implementation of corporate social responsibility, through
To create links of cooperation between different social partners, such as companies, public authorities and other stakeholders.
This commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated though the participation of the school in organizations aiming to promote, enhance and facilitate social responsibility. In particular, ALBA
ALBA offers academic programs and executive development programs. Social responsibility and sustainability values have been incorporated in both types of programs. The main aspects of the dissemination of knowledge and skills on social responsibility through education include:
Social responsibility and sustainability values and practices have been incorporated in the ALBA academic programs in three ways:
Executive Development Programs
Knowledge dissemination on Social Responsibility is enacted by the ALBA executive development programs through the provision of seminars dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership and Corporate Governance.
It is our aim to further develop programs on social responsibility and social responsibility related areas. We consider executive education on social responsibility of outmost importance as the very aim of the executive development is “to educate business leaders to become catalysts of change.”
Research at ALBA takes two forms:
Academic research comprises the core of the ALBA faculty research activity aiming at publications in top academic journals. A lot of the ALBA faculty research is directly or indirectly related to social responsibility.
The Applied Research & Innovation Department was established in 1995 and has conducted since then more than 30 research projects. Most of the applied research projects are financed by Public Funding Bodies such as the EC or Greek Ministries. However, there is a number of research activities which are self-funded by ALBA and focus on the creation of new knowledge for the societal well-being. The main objective is to awaken the Greek Business community and to provide them with useful research results that will enable them to improve and prosper. On the other hand, in the framework of funded research projects there are several research outputs and dissemination activities that promote the ‘responsible’ research profile of ALBA.
Hubs and Centres
ALBA Graduate Business School has founded the ALBA Hub of Enterprise & Development, AHEAD. AHEAD was set up in May 2009 in order to bring together all ALBA activities dedicated to entrepreneurship and its aim is to promote the understanding and development of enterprise within Greece, and beyond. High growth entrepreneurial ventures, including social enterprises, offer tremendous potential for invigorating the economic landscape with innovation, vision, and value.
Research Seminars Series
ALBA Research Seminar Series was launched in 2003 with the aim of providing a forum for the dissemination of business related research. For presenters, these research seminars provide an eager and open-minded audience, which engages in a dialogue and gives constructive feedback, whilst participants have the opportunity to hear about cutting-edge research in a wide range of business disciplines. The research seminars are held at ALBA on Tuesdays from 4.00-5.30 pm. Occasionally, additional seminars are scheduled depending on the availability of speakers. The seminars are open to all academics and researchers.
ALBA’s interest in contributing to societal well-being extends beyond the day to day operations of the school, namely education, research and culture and is also enacted through the initiatives undertaken and the voluntary activities of the employees. In 2004, the Dean, Professor N. Travlos, initiated the process for the creation of a committee that would work on Social Responsibility initiatives. By 25 November 2004, the Good Citizenship Committee, representing the ALBA employees, had been formed.
The mission of ALBA’s Good Citizenship is the initiation, organization and / or contribution to activities that enhance societal wellbeing and the public good. The list of identified areas of activities and examples of activities follow:
Type of Activity: Environment
Example of Activity: Energy Efficiency and Conservation, ‘Forest Friendly’ Practices, Recycling Efforts, ‘Clean Seaside’ initiatives
Type of Activity: Community Involvement
Example of Activity: School / education programs, Partnerships in the Community, Local and Global Community Involvement
Type of Activity : Philanthropy
Example of Activity: Employee Volunteerism, Product and Service Donations to Individuals
Type of Activity: Health
Example of Activity: Blood Donations,
Type of Activity: Informative Events
Example of Activity: Events that raise awareness on social responsibility / good citizenship issues
One of the Good Citizenship Committee concerns has been to contribute to raising awareness in relation to the importance of social responsibility. The Communication efforts of the committee have been towards internal and external stakeholders. To facilitate this interaction we have created an e-mail account dedicated to Good Citizenship, as well as a bilingual (Greek and English announcements) blog:
ALBA has made sure for the workplace to be safe and functional for all employees.
All ALBA employees are considered to be full members of the Library, and they are eligible to use all the available services. These include the lending service and the use of the electronic resources available to them through our internal network or via remote access.
In addition to the above mentioned policies, ALBA has been supportive to its people in every aspect of their professional and personal life. Many employees (more than 12 during the last three years) have got full scholarships to study at the ALBA Master programs, or full funding for their undergraduate studies at other Universities. The personal and professional development for both our employees and our students is a top priority.
Furthermore, ALBA has recently acquired a piece of land of about 10 acres (40.500 square meters) in a developing suburb of Athens (Koropi), near the Athens airport and in between the northern and southern suburbs of Athens, in a special zone designated for schools, hospitals and other charitable institutions. The new Campus is expected to be ready in 2013 and it is currently designed according to international standards for the provision of state of the art educational services (traditional and distance learning needs, labs, dormitory, athletics, etc).
The school has already proceeded with the assignment of the architectural, electromechanical and static designs of the new campus. It’s worth noticing that it has been designed to be a bioclimatic building, with photovoltaic systems for saving energy, thus protecting the environment.
Our care for the Environment is also illustrated through our recycling programs throughout our premises, including paper, batteries and aluminum recycling, as well as the recycling of old hardware.
The ALBA Culture can be described through our Commitments to:
Scholarship and Actionable Knowledge
Acting as Catalysts for Change
A Humanistic Culture
Making a Contribution to the Community
Some of the activities undertaken, which illustrate our culture and commitments, as well as our interaction with different stakeholders include:
Academic Code of Conduct
An extract from the Academic Regulations Handbook fully explains the role and importance of the Code of Conduct:
“...All members of the ALBA community (students, graduates, staff and faculty) are expected to demonstrate its norms of moral responsibility. Students in particular are expected to note and understand the ethical dimension of their actions. Fulfilling this mission is a collective responsibility of the ALBA community. Consequently, ALBA has adopted the following Code of Ethics, the aim of which is to promote adherence to the highest standards of academic integrity and ethical conduct. ...”
Scholarships and Financial Aid to Students
Appreciating knowledge as a public good, ALBA has decided to provide a set of scholarships and different financial aid programs to students, who have a high academic standing and a deprived financial background. Scholarship programs range from covering the full fees to covering a percentage of the fees. This combination of different types of scholarships and financial aid programs has been created in order to support different students with different needs.
Scholarships provided are of two types: scholarships provided and funded by ALBA and scholarships provided and funded by other organizations (companies and authorities).
Events open to the public are an important component of the ALBA activities, as they facilitate and enhance further knowledge dissemination to society as a whole, as well as further cooperation with companies, other organizations and authorities.
There are four types of public events:
Besides the organization of and participation in public events, ALBA wishes to be in touch with its stakeholders in writing. There are two important ways of written communication: the publication of short articles by the ALBA Faculty in Greek Newspapers and the preparation and issuance of the ALBA Newsletter, called The ALBAnac.
ALBA Graduate Business School launches this year a series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events, titled “The ALBA Social Responsibility Series”
The purpose of The ALBA Social Responsibility Series is:
Τhe Inaugural Event «...and now what? Disseminating Corporate Social Responsibility Activities»took place on 13 March 2013, at ALBA premises downtown, 6-8 Xenias Str, (near Mavili Square), Athens, ground floor auditorium, from 15:00 to 20:00.
The event explored issues relating to the Dissemination of Information and Activities about CSR by companies.
Do you have any specific questions about our commitment to CSR and Sustainability? Do you need additional information about ALBA's Center for Business Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability (C.E.RE.S)? Please feel free to send us a message.