The conference brought together members of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honour society for business programs, to build knowledge and action around the UN's Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
Attendees were challenged to put their communication, client services and financial strategy skills to the test in a global case competition that posed the question: Should a portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients working in the oil industry transition their investment strategies towards ESG products – and if so, how?
The University of Sydney chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma excelled at the competition, with Alvina Lock (BCom/BA) and Jason Ross (MBA '19) named as winners.
Another University of Sydney team, Evangelina Cheung (BCom/LLB), Christopher Laksana (BCom/LLB) and Yuhan Wang (BCom), were named finalists.
"This is an exceptional result and highlights the international competitiveness of our students," said the Business School's Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty Advisor, Wes Hamilton-Jessop.
The success caps off a strong year for the University of Sydney Business School's Beta Gamma Sigma chapter, having been named a Highest Honours Chapter earlier in 2021.
Inspired by the conference, the University of Sydney chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma aims to continue facilitating deeper understanding and engagement with the SDGs on campus.
Their goal reflects the Business School's existing alignment with the SDGs as part of its commitment to the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education.
Professor Greg Whitwell, Business School Dean, has committed to aligning all units of study, research and operations to the SDGs in the School's five-year strategy, called Business Not As Usual 2.0.
"This commitment is key in developing and equipping the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate the social inequity, climate and environmental challenges facing the world," said Professor Whitwell.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honour society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB International. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honour a business student anywhere in the world can receive.