Lagos Business School’s Full-Time MBA 17 students have created awareness about the dangers of unrecycled plastic waste products in the environment by holding a day-long event themed ‘LBS Plastic-free Day’ on June 28, 2019.
The Plastic-Free Day initiative is an effort of the Personal Social Responsibility (PSR) Environment Team, a group of seven members of Full-Time MBA 17 class who are concerned about the effects of plastic pollution on the environment.
As part of the event, some of the changes implemented around the School include the replacement of plastic dispenser cups with paper cups, replacement of waste bin bags with paper bin bags, replacement of plastic bags at the School gazebo with paper bags, and a sensitisation session with members of the team at the gazebo.
Team lead, Titilayo Ogunde said, “The aim of the initiative is to deepen sustainability practices that are already upheld in the School by focusing on the need to reduce the use of plastic. We introduced paper cups as replacements for the plastic ones because they are bio-degradable, recyclable and do not amount to environmental pollution.”
Director of the LBS Sustainability Centre, Professor Chris Ogbechie spoke on the importance of the initiative not only for the School but for the society as large. He said, “It is important that we expose our MBA students to the issues of sustainable business management and inculcate this important value in them. Business schools should not teach their students to maximise profit for shareholders but to maximise stakeholder (shareholders, society and environment) value, and that is what we do here.”
The event is part of student-led activities held by participants on LBS MBA and Executive Education programmes. It held in partnership with EarthPlus Africa, a not-for-profit organisation passionate about sustainable development and a healthy environment.