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Responsibility & Sustainability

at the University of St.Gallen

The University of St.Gallen is committed to contributing to a socially and environmentally sustainable economy and society.

We aim to deeply embed sustainability in the HSG culture and all our core activities including research, teaching, and our campus.

Happening now

HSG MBA joins the top ten of Corporate Knights Ranking

The HSG MBA program has been ranked number 9 overall in the Corporate Knights 2021 Better World MBA Ranking. For the first time in the 19-year history of the Corporate Knights ranking, the HSG MBA program was identified as a global top ten program. The Corporate Knights business magazine was recognizing the HSG MBA’s increasing sustainability ambitions across its course content and faculty research, and its improvement in gender diversity among faculty staff. The performance in the 2021 Better World MBA ranking is also a testament to how ESG topics are integrated throughout the MBA curriculum and demonstrates thought leadership with the University-wide research output.

The 2021 Better World MBA top-40 ranking from Corporate Knights examined the performances of 147 business schools, drawn from the most recent Financial Times list of the top-100 global MBA programs; the schools that made the 2019 Corporate Knights Better World top-40 roster; and business schools both accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS and also signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education that opt in for evaluation. The ranking is based on publicly disclosed information on their websites. All schools are evaluated on seven metrics and then given the opportunity to review and request revisions to the analysis. These performance indicators with different weightings are the base for the ranking: core course integration of sustainability (30%), research publications per faculty member on sustainability topics in calendar year 2020 (20%), percentage of total faculty publications in 2020 on sustainability topics (20%), number of citations per faculty for those publications (10%), sustainability-focused research institutes and centers (10%), faculty gender diversity (5%) and faculty racial diversity (5%).

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 13. December 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – Diversity and Inclusion

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is committed to responsible research and teaching. This includes not only ecological sustainability but also social aspects. Staff and students work to establish unrestricted equal opportunities for all university members and to create a space in which they can live their uniqueness.

Learn more about diversity and inclusion in the fourth part of the video series “Sustainability at the HSG”.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 13. December 2021

Business-as-usual? – Not with Student Impact

Responsibility, commitment, encouragement – these are the three values which the members of Student Impact share. As a management consultancy at the University of St. Gallen, they support sustainable business ideas by advising socially or ecologically focused companies on various economic issues. Two of the members, Johannes Tschiderer and Nadine Heft, talk about sustainability consulting and what has motivated them for years to be involved in the association. Find out more about the student consultancy in this article: Student Impact

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 30. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – Student Engagement

Student engagement has a long tradition at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and is strongly supported. HSG students are involved in sustainability projects on campus, for example, or are committed to include additional sustainability topics such as sustainable finance in the HSG curriculum. Get more information about current student associations and their projects as well as how they are supported by the University of St. Gallen.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 30. November 2021

The ECOnnect Challenge – associations become carbon neutral

The ECOnnect Challenge, a cooperation of the sustainability platform ECOnnect and the SHSG, encourages associations and initiatives at HSG to deal with the topic of carbon neutrality. Associations and initiatives have the chance to propose one concrete project idea how associations can become more carbon neutral. The winner of the challenges receives CHF 1`500 to implement the project idea.

The challenge was supported by Southpole, that provides tools to achieve a low-carbon reality, with a workshop about carbon neutrality. In this workshop students and associations had the chance to learn more about carbon neutrality in general and how their own associations can become more carbon neutral.

The next step will be the Jury Pitch, where Prof. Dr. Judith L. Walls, Prof. Moritz Loock, Sandra Ramme and the SHSG Board will find the winner of the ECOnnect Challenge. Associations and Initiatives can pitch their project idea during 5 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Read more about the ECOnnect Challenge in this article: The ECOnnect Challenge

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – HSG becoming CO2 neutral

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is to become CO2 -neutral by 2030. In the second part of the video series “Sustainability at HSG”, employees and students report how they are contributing to this mission.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – An overview

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is committed to contributing to a socially and environmentally sustainable economy and society. The aim is to embed sustainability in the HSG culture and all core activities including research, teaching, and campus.

This video explains in a nutshell what is happening and what are the future plans.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

HSG publishes the annual water report as a Blue University

HSG publishes a report on water consumption and the activities as a Blue University

The University of St.Gallen has been certified as a Blue University since September 2016. The certification took place together with the City of St.Gallen, the University of Education and the St.Gallen University of Applied Sciences. In this annual report, the HSG presents the activities as a Blue University during the last year.

Please find the report here: Blue Community Annual Report 2020 – 2021

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 29. July 2021

Key facts

Our engagement and activites

Research
Teaching
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Our contribution to the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon in 2015 by the United Nations provide an overarching framework for addressing the world’s sustainability challenges. Find out more about the University of St. Gallen contribution to achieving the SGDs goals through our activities.

How students are shaping sustainability at HSG

Student engagement has always been a central part to campus life at the University of St.Gallen. There are several student associations that focus on sustainability and help shape the university’s sustainability activities.

Student Initiatives