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Responsibility & Sustainability

at the University of St.Gallen

We envision a University of St. Gallen where sustainability is deeply embedded in all aspects of university life.

In doing so, we aim to contribute to solving grand sustainability challenges of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and social inequality. This mission guides our actions in transforming HSG towards sustainability.

Happening now

Academic Poster Session 2024

As part of the oikos Sustainability Week 2024, the Delegate’s team for Responsibility and Sustainability will again organize an academic poster session to present current research projects related to the SDGs. We encourage PhD students, postdocs, and faculty members to participate by presenting an academic poster about their research project. If you want to participate with a poster, please sign up by February 14 to 

It is a great opportunity to get feedback on your research, connect with like-minded people within the HSG community and get inspiration for your own work.

The Delegate’s team will sponsor the printing of the posters as well as drinks and snacks during the event. If you want to participate without submitting a paper, please block the date in your calendar – a registration link will be provided soon via oikos announcement.

Sign up by 14.02.2024 and hand in your poster by 28.02.2024 via 

Session takes place: 06.03.2023, 3.30 – 5.30 pm at SQUARE

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Author: Julian Boemelburg

Date: 8. February 2024

Award-winning research at HSG

HSG researcher Anna Stünzi (Institute of Political Science) and her colleagues from ETH Zurich are among the winners of this year’s Financial Times Responsible Business Education awards in the category Academic Research. The team developed a natural language processing model — called ClimateFinanceBERT — that identifies and categorises these climate projects. Countries self-report the climate projects and the money they contribute, all using different methods and in a process that is not transparent.

Furthermore, HSG researchers Tami Dinh & Anna Husmann (both Institute of Accounting, Controlling and Auditing) together with their colleague from HEC Lausanne won the best paper award 2023 in Accounting in Europe with their paper “Corporate Sustainability Reporting in Europe: A Scoping Review”. Based on material issues identified for the European context, their study provides a research agenda based on comprehensive and rigorous scientific evidence on the state of the art of sustainability research in Europe.

Congratulations to all winners on these wonderful achievements!

Author: Julian Boemelburg

Date: 8. February 2024

Sustainability TAP 2023

Are you teaching at HSG and seek ways how to better embed sustainability into your class?

Then don’t miss the opportunity and choose from two options – the Sustainability Thematic Block for course evaluations and the Sustainability TAP – to get the focused feedback on sustainability you need.

(1) The Sustainability Thematic Block is a fixed set of 3 questions addressing different aspects of sustainability that you can add to your course evaluation.  Because these questions are bundled to address one topic, they count as only 1 question of the 2 customized questions allotted to lecturers.  You can select to include these questions via the course evaluation platform.

(2) Sustainability TAPs are specially designed Teaching Analysis Polls (TAPs) jointly developed by the HSG Delegate’s Team for Responsibility & Sustainability and the TAP Team. They are constructed for lecturers to get the support they need from their students to collaboratively improve the integration of sustainability in their courses – regardless of the topic, discipline or program.

Sustainability TAPs follow the overall structure and procedures of the standard TAP, while additionally offering the opportunities:

  • for students to share their sustainability-related learning experiences in a specific course in order to improve the integration of sustainability themes in that course.  This integration, in turn, helps equip students to face existing and future sustainability challenges related to the course topic and discipline.
  • for lecturers to gain insights on sustainability from their students via an anonymous qualitative method conducted by the TAP Team. Lecturers get customized input to keep improving the content and implementation of sustainability-related course topics. 

There are only benefits, so don’t hesitate – register for a Sustainability TAP and add the Sustainability Thematic Block to your course today – please find more information on the HSG FacultyWeb Intranet.

Sustainability TAP and the Sustainability Thematic Block are elements of the broader HSG Sustainability Curriculum Support System created to meet the objectives of HSG Strategic Plan 2025. For more information on the Support System visit Responsibility & Sustainability – University of St. Gallen (unisg.ch).

Author: Julian Boemelburg

Date: 2. November 2023

Gift Dembetembe joined the Delegate’s Team for Responsibility & Sustainability

In September 2023, Gift Dembetembe joined the Delegates Team for Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of St. Gallen as a Research Associate (Sustainability Curriculum Development) and doctoral researcher. Building on his broad teaching experience, Gift will be working on realizing the HSG vision and Roadmap 2025 supporting the implementation of sustainability in the curriculum at HSG.

Gift is passionate about sustainability especially with regards to climate change and sustainable extraction of minerals. His research focuses on the organizational responses to conflicting societal demands and how these responses affect sustainable development. Gift examines the implications of these organizational response strategies in the context large companies in the Global North and small-scale mining organizations in the Global South.

Previously, Gift worked at the Institute for Economy and the Environment in the teaching and research team where he assisted in several sustainability courses at master and PhD levels. Gift is a beneficiary of the Swiss Government Scholarship from 2020 to 2024 under which he conducts mining related research. He holds a master of mineral science degree where he focused on mining technology and has also consulted for the civil society sector in Zimbabwe where he gained vast experience related to sustainable development.

Alongside his new role in the Delegates Team for Responsibility and Sustainability, Gift will continue to work on his PhD research which he aims to finish in 2024.

Author: Lasse van Look

Date: 9. October 2023

The Empathy Imperative in an Era of Radical Transformation

Are you interested in exploring how empathy helps us to tackle the grand challenges of our times? Then join us on October 13 for an interactive keynote by Anita Nowak, PhD on ‘The Empathy Imperative in an Era of Radical Transformation’

In today’s world, marked by #climatechange, technological advancements, misinformation, and polarization, the significance of purposeful empathy cannot be overstated. It holds the key to shaping the future of #democracy and humanity. High-performance organizations emphasizing sustainability, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are expected to embrace empathic #leadership. The good news? #Empathy is ingrained in our human nature and extending it not only benefits us individually but also empowers us to address the major social and ecological challenges we face.

Drawing from neuroscience, leadership studies, and positive psychology, Anita Nowak, PhD, will delve into the vital role of empathic leadership in addressing contemporary #grandchallenges during this interactive keynote at the Universität St.Gallen (HSG). She will introduce a powerful six-step practice and explain how embracing empathic leadership can enhance health, happiness, and performance. Additionally, she will shed light on the profound connection between empathy and business success, making this event a must-attend for anyone passionate about #TransformativeLeadership.

Anita is an empathy expert, award-winning educator, podcaster, and the author of ‘Purposeful Empathy: Tapping Our Hidden Superpower for Personal, Organizational, and Social Change’. As a certified coach, she assists family foundations in translating philanthropic goals into meaningful social impact. Anita is dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of changemakers. She serves as Faculty at the McGill Executive Institute and is renowned for her expertise in Leadership, Ethics in Management, and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Join us on this interactive keynote by Anita Nowak at SQUARE (HSG) as she unlocks the transformative potential of empathy, and let’s explore together how empathic leadership can steer us toward a brighter, more compassionate future.

This public event is co-organized by the Mentoring-Programm der Universität St.Gallen, ECOnnect, & Agenda 2030 – Netzwerk St.Gallen. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Author: Lasse van Look

Date: 9. October 2023

Creating Positive Impact by Jointly Transforming HSG

Are you attending the HSG Alumni Community Festival on September 30? Join our workshop ‘Creating Positive Impact by Jointly Transforming HSG’!

Our world is facing several grand challenges, and HSG is committed to preparing its students to become future leaders in a world that must solve these serious ecological and social crises. In this bilingual workshop (DE/EN), you can explore what HSG is currently doing to educate change agents for a safe and just future, bring in your perspective as a key stakeholder on what skills are needed, and let’s discover how we can collaborate to transform HSG and create a positive impact together!

When? September 30, 13:10 – 14:30

Where? SQUARE, 1st floor, room 11-1091

This event is co-organized by the HSG Delegate’s Team for Responsibility & Sustainability and the HSG Alumni Sustainability Club. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Author: Julian Boemelburg

Date: 21. September 2023

HSG Faculty Peer Exchange on Sustainability

Sustainability Teaching exchange is back on September 26th!

Are you teaching at HSG and seek inspiration how to embed sustainability into your courses? Then join the upcoming Faculty Peer Exchange on Sustainability in Teaching on September 26!

Once a semester HDZ, CAT and R&S join forces to provide a space to enable a teaching exchange on sustainability as part of the HDZ Teaching Exchange Series. We will focus on faculty exchanging concrete teaching best practices at HSG to further inspire and support each other. We hope to foster an impactful peer learning experience for all!

When? September 26, 12:00 – 14:00

Where? MeetingPoint

Please register here

Author: Julian Boemelburg

Date: 19. September 2023

The HSG Impact Scholar Community – Dialogue and collaboration among scholars

The “HSG Impact Scholar Community” – a community of purpose-driven early-career researchers –  is looking for support to further develop the dialogue and collaboration among scholars.

The community was launched two years ago in a team of 2 PhD students and 2 Post docs with institutional & moral support from various people. The purpose is to connect scholars aiming to conduct research that positively contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the course of the last two years, we have (co-)created around 15 events with about 250 people attending in total and sent out around 20 newsletters to a list of about 80 community members.

We want to make sure that the community flourishes in the future. We are, therefore, launching a call for collaboration: if you are excited about what the community stands and aims for and could imagine supporting and shaping the further development of the community, please reach out to ! You can also find some additional information in the call below.

HSG Impact Scholar Community Call For Collaboration

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 19. September 2023

Upcoming Events

Sustainability Week St. Gallen

4. March 2024

Standort:

Von: 04.03.2024, 08:30
Bis:
08.03.2024, 20:00

Are you interested in sustainability? Do you want to be part of meaningful, positive change within your community?

Welcome to Sustainability Week St. Gallen!

A entire week dedicated to sustainability, in which we explore how to make better, more sustainable decisions as an individual. Our events range from insightful panel discussions or presentations with speakers to case study activities, and more. During these events, we dive into different topics like sustainable nutrition, greener travelling, and finance.

Academic Poster Session [oikos Sustainability Week]

6. March 2024

Standort: University of St. Gallen, SQUARE (11-0041)

Von: 06.03.2024, 15:30
Bis:
06.03.2024, 17:30

After two successful editions in the last years, the HSG Delegate’s Team for Responsibility & Sustainability is again organizing an Academic Poster Session as part of the oikos Sustainability Week 2024. Through this event, we aim to support the rising interest in SDG-related research and provide a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration within the HSG sustainability research community and beyond. After the session, the posters will be displayed for two weeks and the exhibition will be open to all students and employees of the University of St. Gallen as well as everyone who is interested in sustainability research at HSG.

If you are a HSG researcher and would like to participate with a poster, please contact

Climate Fresque Workshop [oikos Sustainability Week]

8. March 2024

Standort: tba

Von: 08.03.2024, 09:15
Bis:
08.03.2024, 12:15

More information will follow soon…

Greenwashing Workshop [Sustainable Investment Club]

12. March 2024

Standort: tbd

Von: 12.03.2024, 16:15
Bis:
12.03.2024, 18:00

Unlock the secrets of Greenwashing with the SIC x KPMG Workshop at HSG. On March 12, 2024, delve into the tactics companies use to deceive. Enhance your understanding and contribute to a sustainable future. Apply by March 5th for a spot in our workshop.

When? 12th of March, 16:15–18:00 with Apéro (starting at 17:30)

Where? TBD

How? Keep an eye out for further information regarding the application procedure on our Instagram page  https://www.instagram.com/sustainableinvestmentclub.hsg/

Einweihung der HSG-Gemeinschafts-solaranlage

18. March 2024

Standort: HSG-Sporthalle, Höhenweg 14, 9000 St.Gallen

Von: 18.03.2024, 17:00
Bis:
18.03.2024, 18:00

Liebe Solargemeinschaft

Wir freuen uns, Sie am Montag, 18. März 2024, um 17.30 Uhr zur offiziellen Einweihungsfeier der neuen Solaranlage auf der HSG-Sporthalle einzuladen.

Das Projekt geht auf eine studentische Initiative im Rahmen des Masterstudiengangs Managing Climate Solutions (MaCS-HSG) der Universität St.Gallen zurück. Es besteht aus 521 Photovoltaik-Paneelen, die von 111 HSG-Studierenden, Professor:innen, Mitarbeitenden, Alumni und weiteren Investor:innen, aus St.Gallen und anderen Teilen der Schweiz, gekauft wurden. Das Projekt wurde zusammen mit dem Schweizer Solarunternehmen Solarify durchgeführt und im November 2023 erfolgreich in Betrieb genommen. Es bot der HSG-Gemeinschaft die Möglichkeit, konkret etwas gegen eine der drängendsten gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit zu unternehmen: den Klimawandel.

Feiern Sie den erfolgreichen Abschluss mit Regierungsrätin Susanne Hartmann, Universitäts-Rektor Prof. Dr. Manuel Ammann und vielen anderen, die an der Verwirklichung dieses innovativen Projekts beteiligt waren. Für die Teilnahme melden Sie sich bitte bis zum 15. Februar 2024 unter dem untenstehenden Link an.

Wann: Montag, 18. März 2024, um 17:30 Uhr

Wo: HSG-Sporthalle, Höhenweg 14, 9000 St.Gallen

Link zur Anmeldung: HIER

Details: Community-Solar-Project-FAQ

Programm

17.00 Ankunft der Teilnehmenden

17.30 Eröffnung

  • Begrüssung durch Prof. Dr. Manuel Ammann, Rektor der Universität St.Gallen
  • Beitrag von Regierungsrätin Susanne Hartmann
  • Offizielle Inbetriebnahme, Musik, Solar-Apéro

Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie begrüssen zu dürfen!

Rolf Wüstenhagen (IWÖ-HSG) & Aurel Schmid (Solarify)

Impact Careers: Start-Ups or Multinationals?

19. March 2024

Standort: University of St. Gallen, SQUARE (11-0051)

Von: 19.03.2024, 18:15
Bis:
19.03.2024, 20:00

More information will follow soon…

Key facts

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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