Companies around the world are increasingly integrating sustainability principles into their businesses — by developing green products, saving energy, and motivating and retaining their employees — in the expectation of enhanced growth and return on capital.

Graduate business programs have a big role to play in this process.

On Thursday, Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media, research and financial products firm focused on clean capitalism, released a ranking of 100 MBA programs based on how holistically they integrated sustainability into the school experience.

Researchers analyzed the Financial Times (FT) 2013 Global MBA Ranking, and ranked programs on three indicators that they were prioritizing sustainability education: support for core curriculum choices, dedicated institutes and centers, and relevant faculty research.

“Our mission, quite simply, is to build on the FT ranking by determining which of the top schools in the world are focused on the intersection of business and sustainability,” Jeremy Runnalls, managing editor of Corporate Knights’ quarterly magazine, said in a statement.

Following are Corporate Knights’ top 19 sustainable MBA programs.

Students parade through the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. (Photos: AP)

19: University of Pennsylvania (U.S.)Wharton School

Total score: 63%

18: Cranfield University (U.K.)Cranfield School of Management

Total score: 65%

Sather Gate on the University of California Berkeley campus. (Photos: AP)

17 (tie): McGill University (Canada)Desautels Faculty of Management

Total score: 66%

17 (tie): University of California at Berkeley (U.S.)Haas School of Business

Total score: 66%

17 (tie): College of William and Mary (U.S.)Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Total score: 66% 

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14: Babson College (U.S.)F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Total score: 67%

13: Erasmus University (Netherlands)Rotterdam School of Management

Total score: 68% 

At University of Washington, students walk near Suzzallo Library. (Photo: AP)

12. University of Chicago (U.S.)Booth School of Business

Total score: 70%

11. University of Bath (U.K.)School of Management

Total score: 71%

10: George Washington University (U.S.)School of Business

Total score: 75%

 Georgia Tech sign.

9 (tie): Indian Institute of Management (India)IIM Ahmedabad

Total score: 76%

9 (tie): Georgia Institute of Technology (U.S.)Scheller College of Business

Total score: 76% 

University of Michigan Campus.

7: Tilburg University (Netherlands)TiasNimbas Business School

Total score: 78%

6: University of Michigan (U.S.)Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Total score: 84% 

Yale Coat of Arms.

5 (tie): Yale University (U.S.)Yale School of Management

Total score: 87%

5 (tie): Harvard University (U.S.)Harvard Business School

Total score: 87%

Rutherford House at the University of Alberta. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

3: University of Alberta (Canada)Alberta School of Business

Total score: 89%

2: University of British Columbia (Canada)Sauder School of Business

Total score: 91%

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1: York University (Canada)Schulich School of Business

Total score: 93%

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