We endeavour to meet the philanthropic objectives of all our donors no matter how diverse. One thing that unites all of them is the desire to have a lasting impact or tangible outcome. Other powerful themes that recurr include the desire to inspire innovation, create change and power the potential attracted to the University and ultimately, to leave a legacy that does good around the world.
The following examples illustrate impact:
Patrick Grant (EMBA 2004) successfully rejuvenated the Savile Row bespoke tailors Norton & Sons. In 2009 he did the same with E. Tautz & Sons and was recognised for his success with the Menswear Designer award at the British Fashion Awards 2010. In November 2016 he launched Community Clothing, challenging the wastefulness of ‘fast fashion’ and developing a more socially aware fashion business. The venture supports well established UK textile manufacturers and is sustaining, and creating jobs in the north of England.
In December 2012, alumnus Masanobu Ogura (MFE 2009) was elected to Japan's national parliament as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party representing a Tokyo constituency. He joined Keisuke Tsumura, (MBA, Class of 2000), who has been serving in the Diet since 2003.
Elizabeth Filippouli (MBA 2010) is a consultant and business strategist with a particular focus on leadership, positive change and social entrepreneurship. She is the Founder and CEO of Global Thinkers a leadership & business development consultancy that aims to create better leaders and positive social outcomes.
Research and teaching
Our Corporate Reputation Centre’s research and teaching programmes would be impossible without generous support and advice from a number of organisations including Eni spA.
Eni, one of the world’s major integrated energy companies, funds the work of the Eni Research Associate at the Centre and has given us unique access and insight into their operations. This access provided the framework for a case study, Eni's Sustainability Programme in the Congo. In addition, Eni's senior executives contribute to our work in a number of ways; from lecturing to our MBA students and executive education programme participants, to sitting on our Global Advisory Board, being Visiting Fellows at the Centre and Associate Fellows of the School.
The L’Oréal Chair in Marketing was created in perpetuity in 2002 by the world cosmetics leader, with the ambition to make us a global centre of marketing excellence, supported by an investment of £1.8 million.
Andrew Stephen, L’Oréal Professor of Marketing and Head of the Marketing Faculty has launched our new Future of Marketing Initiative . This brings together the School and five international founding partners: L’Oréal, Kantar, part of the WPP Group, Teradata, Nucleus Marketing Solutions and Allianz. Together, our faculty and our partners form a powerful community that seeks to influence the shape of marketing research and teaching, and impact marketing practice globally.
Off Grid Electric
Forbes named alumna Erica Mackey (MBA 2010) on its 30 Under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs 2012 for her work as co-founder of Off Grid Electric. The organisation provides high-quality and affordable renewable electrical services to the world’s off-grid poor, with a goal of lighting off-grid Africa by providing power to 10 million households within 10 years and benefiting 50 million people.
Oxford for Impact
Initiated in 2013 at the request of the Skoll Foundation, the aim of the Oxford for Impact project is to identify research being conducted in six priority issue areas. The findings of which will significantly contribute to guide and accelerate the work of entrepreneurs working to address these challenges. Many of these entrepreneurs are not privy to cutting edge research, nor are they in a position to inform the sorts of research questions which need to be addressed to improve their practice. Likewise, it is an opportunity to test researchers’ hypotheses with some of the most successful entrepreneurs, hopefully bringing even greater impact to the work of both.
Pershing Square Foundation
The Pershing Square Foundation endowed up to five fully funded Scholarships in perpetuity for the MBA component of the Oxford 1+1 Programme. This enables students to pair their MBA with a second specialist one-year Oxford master’s programme.The Foundation made a gift of £4.5m to endow the Scholarships and the University provided £3m from the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund. The first Pershing Square Scholars joined the School in September 2014.
The Pershing Square Foundation is committed to supporting innovative global leaders who can deliver scalable and sustainable impact while tackling important social issues and their gift will help to devlop leaders who can fulfill this vision.
The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship was opened in the School in 2004. Its mission is to accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial activity intended to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems and practices. It promotes the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. It was founded with a grant from the Skoll Foundation and at the time, this was the largest amount of funding ever received by a business school for an international programme in social entrepreneurship.
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