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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Education

School Naming Rights

Some schools have sold the right to name parts of the school, most commonly sports facilities. But some have even sold naming rights for the whole school.

Some Examples


A New Jersey school has a Shop Rite gymnasium.


In 2000 the New York school board approved the naming of classrooms, libraries and sports fields after corporate donors.


A new school in Philadelphia offered naming rights for the school at a cost of $5 million in 2006 as well as selling separate naming rights for a performing arts pavilion, gymnasium, food court/cybercafe, science laboratories and classrooms.


In Calgary, Canada, schools, portions of schools and school programs can be named after corporate donors.


cartoonIn China, over 100 schools are sponsored by tobacco companies and some are named after them. For example, Sichuan Tobacco Hope Primary School features the slogan 'Talent comes from hard work - Tobacco helps you become talented,' at its front gates.

In the UK, the government encourages corporations to sponsor schools which are then named after the sponsor.


In Auckland, New Zealand a school sold naming rights to six of its classrooms and a school has been named Bairds Mainfreight Primary School after selling naming rights to the company Mainfreight.

Bairds Mainfreight Primary School logo

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Contributers' Updates and Examples

If you have any examples or updates you would like to contribute please email them to me and I will add them here. Please give references for where you sourced the information.