W. P. Carey School ranks in top 20 for business research

March 1, 2010

The W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU ranks among the top 20 schools in the nation and the top 25 schools in the world for business research productivity. A new study confirms school officials have successfully worked to create and distribute new business knowledge for use in our challenging global climate.

“There is more interest than ever in understanding, in depth, what drives business and the success of an economy,” said Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the Carey School. “The W. P. Carey School of Business is committed to disseminating helpful new research in finance, economics, marketing, management and other fields that will help businesses and society continue to improve.” Download Full Image

The new rankings come in an annual study from the University of Texas at Dallas. The list is based on research contributions to top business journals from 2005 to 2009. The W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 20 in North America and No. 23 in the world.

It is the only Arizona school to rank in the top 50 and continues to move up the list to more impressive numbers every year. This is the school’s second straight year in the top 25 nationwide.

“Research is a vital component of what we do at the W. P. Carey School of Business,” said Amy Hillman, executive dean of the school and also editor of the prestigious research journal Academy of Management Review. “Our students are taught by faculty members among the best in their fields, and that translates to changing lives through education.”

Research projects from the W. P. Carey School of Business have real-world impact. Some examples of work completed in the past year alone include: a software program that helped public health officials quickly determine where to send H1N1 vaccine doses as they came into the Phoenix area during the height of flu season; multiple efforts to help businesses become more sustainable; a study explaining how much your dining partners eat and weigh affects you; and the formation of a new research group to help ensure businesses know how to protect your personal data.

Safeway joins Sustainability Consortium as founding member

March 1, 2010

Safeway Inc. has become the first U.S.-based retail grocery chain and manufacturer for private label merchandise to join The Sustainability Consortium in support of the organization’s science-based work toward a more sustainable global supply chain. The company joins other retailers and consumer product manufacturers that have become members of the Consortium and its product “life cycle” mission including social and environmental considerations.

"We applaud the Consortium’s work and believe its mission is a good fit with Safeway’s efforts to provide its customers with a larger selection of sustainable products and services," said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President, Chief Strategist and Administrative Officer.  She said the company is committed to becoming “the premier retailer in the grocery sector with an unrivaled reputation for pursuing growth through leadership in environmental, socially responsible and ethical business practices.”  Safeway is engaged in a broad range of sustainability initiatives. Download Full Image

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool for analyzing emissions, waste and the natural resources used from soil to kitchen in different food and non-food items. Safeway is interested in aggregating the data for primary sectors such as agriculture, dairy, packaging and fishery through industrial food processing to retail delivery. This data will be leveraged in creating Safeway's company-wide supply chain policy encouraging sustainable purchasing and manufacturing practices throughout the organization's direct and indirect buying.

In joining the Consortium, Safeway Inc. builds momentum for science with supplier partners such as General Mill’s, Procter & Gamble, and PepsiCo. Safeway will play a leadership role in modeling life cycle inventories; the goal is to better understand the complete scope of industry’s social and environmental footprint. This effort will help refine existing efforts at the company to continuously improve performance. Through its membership Safeway will work with CPG companies, nongovernmental organizations, academia and government.

The Sustainability Consortium is co-administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas; the Consortium will research and publish findings on the life cycle impacts of various categories within the non-food, food and agricultural categories. These findings will identify environmental opportunities throughout the supply chain for Safeway creating both a map and compass towards how Safeway sources product.

Forward thinking solutions are required at all levels of business to solve complicated and inter-related problems.  Taking a systems approach to supply chain and employing science to solve environmental issues is not new to Safeway supply chain. However, broadening the scope and depth of the company’s work across multiple categories will be an important part of the company’s sustainability initiatives.

In developing Life Cycle criteria, the Consortium will consider the impacts food and agriculture has on those customers who shop for their food and non-food items at Safeway. “This important research will build an important bridge to creating the standards for metrics by which our industry measures itself against sustainability goals uncovering key opportunities to eliminate waste and preserve natural resources," said Linda Nordgren, Safeway Group Vice President of Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing. "Creating actionable data on the lifecycle impacts of food & agriculture will assist Safeway in creating its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing policy," said Nordgren.

Jay Golden Co-Director of The Sustainability Consortium and an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University added, “I am excited by the commitment and forward thinking of Safeway.  I look towards their leadership within The Sustainability Consortium as we jointly strive towards our goal of developing the global standard for measuring and reporting the sustainability of consumer products around the globe.”

About Safeway
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 50 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,730 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $44.1 billion in 2008. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2009 donated more than $250 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education and hunger relief. www.Safeway.com


About the Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. It develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a transparent process and system, not individuals or organizations. Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas jointly administer the Sustainability Consortium.
Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

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The Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas leads organizations in the retail and consumer goods industries toward sustainable practices that support an economy built around people, planet, and profit. The center is part of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and serves multiple disciplines across campus (http://asc.uark.edu">http://asc.uark.edu">http://asc.uark.edu).

Brian Dowling, Safeway Vice President of External Affairs
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Karen Leland, Director, Communications
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Arizona State University
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Michelle Schwartz

Manager of Marketing and Communications, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability