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24 Feb 2022  | London, GB

EY and Hult International Business School announce new Masters in Sustainability, free for all EY people

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  • Masters program will help expand sustainability and climate literacy
  • Free for all EY people regardless of rank, tenure or location
  • New survey finds 74% of EY people want to participate in activities that help communities and the environment

The EY organization, in association with Hult International Business School, today announces a fully accredited Masters in Sustainability, dedicated to EY people (312,000) exclusively. It will be free of charge and available to all, regardless of rank, tenure or location.

The new qualification is being launched alongside a recent survey of EY people across the globe that found nearly three-quarters (74%) want to participate in activities that have a positive impact on communities and the environment.

The EY Masters in Sustainability by Hult, the first qualification of its kind, will significantly expand sustainability and climate literacy among EY people and help them translate those skills into new and innovative sustainability services for clients around the globe. All learning will be provided entirely online and candidates will be able to study from anywhere in the world, at a pace that works for them.

Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says:

“Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our time and taking a lead on climate change is a vital element of building a better working world. EY people are passionate about tackling global challenges and this qualification will help both the EY organization and EY clients become true leaders in building a more sustainable world.”

The new qualification will be awarded by Hult International Business School, which is renowned for its skill-focused approach to education and commitment to practical learning. Hult is the first triple-accredited business school in the US and regularly ranked as one of the top business schools in the world.

Trent Henry, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, says:

“This new Masters is the first of its kind and it will help EY people tackle some of the most important issues organizations are currently facing. The exceptional EY experience is for EY people to build, and I am proud of the leading class learning opportunities that help them to build the careers they want, in a way that works for them.”

The EY Masters in Sustainability by Hult is the latest qualification in collaboration with Hult International Business School offered completely free for all EY people. In 2021, the EY organization and Hult announced a new Masters in Business Analytics, and in 2020 the first-ever fully accredited virtual corporate Master of Business Administration (MBA) course was announced. Separately, the EY Tech MBA by Hult has been awarded to 55 EY people so far.

Mukul Kumar, Hult Chief Innovation Officer, says:

“Hult has been passionate about social and environmental sustainability and its intersection with business for quite some time, having pioneered in teaching it as a core topic in our MBA program more than 10 years ago. Today, we are delighted to be collaborating with EY to educate its people on viewing sustainability as both a business challenge and competitive opportunity. The customized curriculum of this innovative program efficiently upskills students in high growth areas for client work and is a differentiator in the talent marketplace. The more learners that engage with this practical, hands-on, sustainability curriculum, the sooner we get to a better working world.”

In addition to building climate literacy among its people, the EY organization is committed to accelerating climate action. In 2021 the EY organization became carbon negative, a major step toward achieving the EY carbon ambition of becoming net zero by 2025. To achieve this ambition, EY teams have  set an aggressive target to significantly reduce its emissions by 40% by 2025 through seven key actions.

Alongside the work the organization is undertaking to become more sustainable, EY teams continue to develop and invest in global sustainability services for EY clients. The services are focused on value-led sustainability, helping EY clients capture the business opportunities from sustainability and decarbonization, while also protecting and creating value.

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About the EY Masters in Sustainability by Hult

The EY Masters in Sustainability by Hult builds on EY Badges, which enable EY people to earn digital credentials in future-focused skills and apply their learning in practice. To earn the new qualification, EY people must complete 8 EY Badges covering key sustainability themes, including responsible and inclusive business, addressing climate change and the low carbon economy, applying the power of impact entrepreneurship, and much more. They are also required to complete a selection of 7 additional badges spanning leadership, business and technology topics. Candidates then collaborate with others to participate in a Creating Long Term Value Grand Challenge and to complete a final Sustainability Design Capstone centred upon scaling EY Ripples, which is EYs global corporate responsibility program.

To date, EY people have earned more than 200,000 Badges, a major milestone, with badges covering a wide range of subject areas from AI to robotic process automation, blockchain and diversity and inclusiveness. Please reach out to Riaz Shah for more details about badges and the EY Masters in Sustainability by Hult.

About Hult International Business School

Hult International Business School is a non-profit educational organisation and the first triple-accredited Business School in the US. Ranked by the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek, Hult offers programmes at undergraduate, post-graduate, and executive education levels and awards joint US and UK degrees across its global campus locations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and New York.

Founded by one of Europe's most successful entrepreneurs—Bertil Hult—the school offers an alternative to traditional, theory-based education and strives to be the world’s most relevant business school. Hult’s philosophy is that business skills can only truly be learned by doing. By immersing students from all over the world in practical, hands-on experiences from day one, Hult programs develop the skills employers and entrepreneurs need most. This fresh approach to education is creating a global community of confident, capable graduates, ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

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