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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

Sandra Ramme joins as Community Developer ECOnnect

Sandra joined IWÖ-HSG in January 2021 as Community Developer ECOnnect. As a passionate supporter of sustainable projects and as former Vice-President of Student Impact she is dedicated to strengthening sustainability even more in associations and other initiatives. She is currently in her 4thsemester studying for a Master`s in Business Management (MUG) and completing the Managing Climate Solutions Certificate (MaCS) at the University of St. Gallen.  At ECOnnect, she pursues the goal of bringing associations and other sustainable projects even closer together so that collaborations and synergies can be shared and transformative learning is promoted.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 18. January 2021

Positive Impact Rating

The University of St. Gallen is participating in the Positive Impact Rating (PIR), the first assessment of business schools in which students evaluate their school on its positive impact on society.
HSG students should not miss the chance to tell HSG how it can improve its positive impact. Please take 5 minutes and make your voice heard.
The PIR gives our students the chance to evaluate our school on how it is solving societal and sustainable challenges. It is a rating by students, for students, that can contribute as a lever of change for transformation in business schools. The results will be used as a tool to drive student-led sustainable development in cooperation with schools.

The PIR is the first time that students around the world assess their business schools on their positive impact. Sophie Charrois, President of oikos International and PIR Supervisory Board member, is aware that “more and more students all over the world seek an education that prepares them as change agents and leaders of tomorrow. oikos International is proud to have been part of the PIR from the beginning to provide them with a global assessment of schools that focus on these competencies”.

The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions, that sit within three areas: Energizing, Educating and Engaging. Business schools are then provided with a defined social impact and a tool that they can use for change. The overall PIR score of the business school is used to position the school on one of five levels. The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement.

Katrin Muff, President of the Positive Impact Rating Association, said: “PIR is designed as a tool to improve and transform business education. It enables schools to understand what a positive impact for society is, according to their students. The PIR highlights the potential for improvement, even for leading schools.”

The PIR was created by concerned business school experts together with global NGOs – WWF, Oxfam, and UN Global Compact. International student associations oikos, AIESEC and Net Impact are also part of the PIR, which is supported by VIVA Idea and Fehr Advice.

Find out more about the PIR on its website.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 13. January 2021

Let’s step into action! Annual Meeting of the «Agenda 2030 – Network St.Gallen»

Die Agenda 2030 wurde im Jahr 2015 verabschiedet. Im Jahr 2021 haben wir als Weltgemeinschaft noch genau 10 Jahre Zeit zur Erreichung der 17 Nachhaltigkeits-Ziele. Höchste Zeit in Aktion zu treten! Und zwar wir alle: Wirtschaft, Zivilgesellschaft, Bildung, Politik und Verwaltung.

Die Kerngruppe des «Agenda 2030 – Netzwerk St.Gallen» lädt Sie zur Jahresveranstaltung am Mittwoch 20. Januar 2021 online ein.

Das Team Verantwortung und Nachhaltigkeit der HSG wird auch teilnehmen und freut sich auf die Veranstaltung.

Weitere Informationen zum Programm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 8. January 2021

“Watt d’Or” Award for the office building in Rosenergstrasse 30

The office building from the 1960s in Rosenbergstrasse 30 was refurbished to meet new energy standards. Through the renewal, energy consumption was reduced by over 90%. According to data from the heating period in 2019/2020, the heating requirement of the office space is now 7 kWh / m2a (previously between 90 and 120 kWh / m2a) and thus well below the requirements for a passive house.

The entire renovation of the property at Rosenbergstrasse 30 was awarded with the Watt d’Or award by the Swiss Federal Office for Energy in January 2021 because of the successful use of a cost-effective low-technology heating and ventilation system.

Find more information at the BFE website and in the news article of St.Gallen24 and LeaderDigital.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 8. January 2021

HSG is amongst top three business universities publishing about the SDGs

According to a study featured in the Financial Times on SDG-related publications, the University of St.Gallen is ranked among the top three European business universities. Out of 70 publications in leading academic journals, 61 cover SDG-related topics, like inequality, sustainable consumption, and innovation.

Read the full article here.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 22. December 2020

Hans Christoph Binswanger Preis

„Muss die Wirtschaft wirklich wachsen?“

Oliver Richters stellt den „Wachstumszwang“ in Frage und wird mit dem Hans Christoph Binswanger Preis ausgezeichnet.

Der mit 3.000,- Schweizer Franken dotierte, vom Institut für Wirtschaft und Ökologie an der Universität St. Gallen (IWÖ-HSG) und dem Bundesverband Deutscher Volks- und Betriebswirte (bdvb) 2020 zum zweiten Mal verliehene Hans Christoph Binswanger Preis geht an den Nachwuchsökonomen und Fellow am Institut für zukunftsfähige Ökonomien Oliver Richters. In seiner interdisziplinären Dissertation relativiert Richters die These des bekannten Umweltökonomen Hans Christoph Binswanger, dass in der Geldwirtschaft ein unüberwindlicher struktureller Wachstumszwang gegeben sei.

Dienstag, 01.12.2020, 18:00 Uhr online (Zoom)

Informationen und Anmeldung unter:

Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay 

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 30. November 2020

Sustainable Leaders Conference

2. December 2020, 13 – 19 pm, virtual space

SAMBA presents the Sustainable Leaders Conference

Supported by IWÖ-HSG and others

Sponsored by EY

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 18. November 2020

Heroic leaders drive transition to ‘business beyond usual’

Prof. Judith Walls and her Co-authors Ashley Salaiz and Shih-Chi Chiu published an article in Strategic Organization on sustainable leadership in October 2020:

Wanted: Heroic leaders to drive the transition to ‘Business beyond Usual’. They find that ‘heroic’ leaders are needed to transform their companies into business beyond usual. They discuss how to identify, develop, and empower leaders with transformational potential so that we can proactively create heroic leaders rather than wait for them to magically appear.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 13. November 2020

Key facts

Our engagement and activites

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