London Business School in the community
Interacting with our neighbours in the heart of London and also with communities internationally is one way we aim to fulfil our vision: to have a profound impact on the way the world does business, and the way business impacts the world.
Supporting our local community
School staff, faculty and students strive to make a difference through volunteering and local ventures. These initiatives aim in particular to address low levels of education and related employment choices that exist in our inner-city neighbourhood.
Partnering with established charities such as Career Ready, Young Enterprise and Enabling Enterprise, our volunteers mentor teenagers, teach business skills to all people of all ages and provide internships. We’ve developed The Youth Enrichment Programme to connect students at state secondary schools to our world-class teaching via a series of guru lectures. Download confirmed dates for this year.
Professional Conversations provide career advice to job-seekers and our volunteers deliver reading and financial literacy training as well as creativity workshops. Links with young people start early, and we collect and distribute about 500 toys to give to local children each December in the Community Toy Drive.
LBS4London involves students and staff supporting London charities during one weekend every year. The inaugural event in 2015 saw more than 230 volunteers working with 27 charities on initiatives ranging from planting gardens to building playgrounds. LBS Dean François Ortalo-Magné will be getting involved in a community project during the second LBS4London, which takes place on the 17–18 March 2018.
We appreciate that strong relationships benefit our School as well as our communities. For example, our vision for a state-of-the-art teaching hub was achieved with local support. Sammy Ofer Centre, which opened on 26 September 2017 in the iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall, was a complex project and its success relied upon constant communication and collaboration. The building itself drew on local expertise, with about 10% of the workforce coming from the Borough of Westminster. Sixth form students from nearby St Marylebone School visited the site during construction, with some gaining work experience at Wates, the main contractor for the project.
Volunteering around the world
We are a global organisation and our volunteers maintain several partnerships around the world.
London Business School Volunteers Club is primarily involved with initiatives relating to business education, including two international treks. Ghana Trek is the volunteering event organised every year by LBS students to participate in effective projects for local communities and make an impact on their lives and Ghana’s economy. This year the trek will take place between 7-15 April.
Our student volunteers also participate in skill-based programmes that work with community members in developing countries through their work with Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainability development movement.
Meanwhile, our e-mentors support the Cherie Blair Foundation, using interactive Google technology to provide advice and inspiration to female entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies.
We believe in the mutual benefits of helping others and giving back both locally and internationally.
Contact Tina Clark for more information.