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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.

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Dr. Manali Kumar on Biden’s Climate Summit

Dr. Manali Kumar from the Institute of Political Science at the University of St.Gallen assess the US’ track record on climate mitigation and Joe Biden’s climate summit on BBC News with Clive Myrie.

The summit has clearly brought a lot of fresh energy ahead of COP26 this November and it certainly fits into the Biden administration’s “America is back” narrative. But the US has very little credibility when it comes to climate change mitigation efforts. The US never ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Republicans and corporations have consistently opposed climate action for years and actively undermined scientific research on this topic.

The US tends to argue that they will act when other countries do so – but that is not good enough. If we treated the US military as a country, then its emissions would rank higher than 140 other countries. The US has one of the highest levels of per capita emissions in the world. The Biden administration will need to go beyond making ambitious pledges and start formulating and implementing policies if they want to be taken seriously as leaders on climate change mitigation.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 6. May 2021

Careers with purpose: Open online round table

The COVID crisis serves as a clear reminder of the inextricable links between nature, business and society. Previously taken-for-granted norms are radically changing, and new leadership styles and business practices are emerging. What does this mean for students that want to contribute to business solutions for a better world?

Join us on Tuesday, May 4, 12.15 – 13.15 on Zoom, on your journey towards becoming tomorrow’s leaders!


In this cross-sectoral online event, we will be joined by professionals from Lindt & Sprüngli, BMW, and the European Commission to discuss personal careers in the post-COVID world.

Our guest speakers will share their reasons for choosing their professional path, their challenges as well as the emerging sustainability-related opportunities. A highly interactive Q&A will follow. Get inspired and learn about what a purposeful career looks like and what it needs to get there.

Tilmann Morata Liebert 

Policy Officer – Sustainable Finance, European Commission Directorate General for Climate Action

Tilmann has joined the EU Commission in 2015 as part of the international carbon markets and aviation team, negotiating the sector’s regulation at UN-level and handling EU policies on aviation’s climate impacts. Previously, he provided policy advice and technical assistance on energy and climate to governments around the world with UN Environment’s Green Economy Initiative and the think tank IISD in Geneva. In 2011, he received his dual-M.A. degrees from the University of St. Gallen & Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Alexander Nick
Lead Climate Strategy and ESG Standards, BMW

Alex is a member of BMW Group’s Sustainability and Mobility Leadership Team, focusing on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, Circular Economy as well as environmental & social standards in the supply chain. Prior to joining BMW Group, he worked as a Director for SustainAbility   in London, and as a research associate for IMD Lausanne. Alex completed a PhD in strategic management and is a member of various sustainability organizations, including the German Association of the Club of Rome and the Responsible Leaders Network of the BMW Foundation.

Leonie Brühlmann
Head of Sustainability, Lindt & Sprüngli

Leonie has joined the sustainability team at Lindt & Sprüngli in 2017. Since August 2020, she is heading the sustainability department and Managing Director of the Lindt Cocoa Foundation. Prior to these positions, she worked in the areas of financial service advisory and insurance consulting. Leonie also volunteers in different organizations for environmental protection, homeless people, and the integration of refugees. She holds a Master in Business Management from the University of St.Gallen with a specific focus on sustainability and strategy.

Hanna Ebeling
CEO, Social Enterprise Financing Australia (Sefa)

Hanna Ebeling is CEO at Sefa in Sydney where she works closely with purpose-driven organisations on developing capital solutions and capability support to suit their needs. Prior to coming to Australia, she spent two years in the Philippines, managing a social enterprise accelerator program for LGT Lightrock and launching an affordable bamboo housing venture with United Nations and the Hilti Foundation. Before moving into impact investing, she spent six years in banking with HSBC globally, lastly working for the Chief Investment Officer of Group Private Banking. Hanna holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and is a CFA charterholder.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 19. April 2021

New Research Video: Truly Sustainable Strategies

Although many companies are committed to sustainability, environmental and social crises are advancing. This is partly because many companies’ strategies tend to view sustainability as a means to an end of financial success. The Truly Sustainable Strategies approach, on the other hand, places the addressing of existing sustainability challenges at the center of corporate action. Dr. Tabea Bereuther from the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the HSG has taken a closer look at these strategies in her dissertation.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 19. April 2021

Meet MaCS event: Get to know the master certificate in Managing Climate Solutions (MaCS-HSG)

The new certificate program in Managing Climate Solutions (MaCS-HSG) addresses one of the biggest societal challenges of our time. Climate change has been called “a trillion dollar risk, and an opportunity”, so coming up with positive solutions is key for future leaders in business and society.

Why should you consider applying for MaCS-HSG? What are you going to learn? And who are the people involved?

Sign up for this free webinar on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to get first-hand insights about MaCS-HSG from the program’s academic director, Prof. Rolf Wüstenhagen, and the program manager, Dr. Merla Kubli. The webinar also provides the opportunity to exchange with current students of the certificate.


16:30 Introduction to MaCS

  • Why MaCS?
  • What is a certificate program?
  • Program structure
  • Core courses and electives
  • Career opportunities
  • How to Apply

16:50 Questions & Answers

17:05 Presentation of MaCS student projects

17:15 Climate Solutions Quiz

17:30 Breakout Sessions with current MaCS students

18:00 End of webinar


Please register to be able to attend the Meet MaCS event:

More information about the MaCS master certificate

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 19. April 2021

HSG 2020 Sustainability Report: UN-PRME

For the fifth time, the University of St.Gallen publishes a sustainability report. As a UN PRME signatory (Principles of Responsible Management Education), it also serves as a report on progress regarding the six PRME principles the university committed to.

This 2020 report highlights how the University of St.Gallen embeds sustainability in the curriculum, executive education, and co-curricular activities, as well as research, campus, and the local and global community.

Prof. Judith Walls, Delegate for Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of St.Gallen is exited to share the progress that has been made in these areas: “The last two years have seen some important developments, building on our integration of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2018”. Prof. Bernhard Ehrenzeller, President of the University of St.Gallen, adds that “We are confident we will continue seeing results that give meaning to our claim: From Insight to Impact”.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 23. March 2021

Blue Community – World Water Week

March 22 is the UN World Water Day. Members of the Blue Community in Switzerland organize a WATER WEEK to showcase current and future challenges related to water as well as solutions and actions to deal with them.

Since 2016, the University of St.Gallen is member of the Blue Community. The University implements measures to reduce water consumption and promotes water as a human right.

Have a look at the exhibition of “Water as a Human Right” from March 19 to 28 in the Wasserkirche in Zurich.

More information on the exehibition and the interesting side events can be found here.

You can register to the events here.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 18. March 2021

Join the START Summit 2021

START Summit 2021 – Europe’s biggest student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology will take place virtually from the 22nd to the 27th of March. Score an internship, meet your co-founder, participate in stimulating workshops or simply get inspired at the 25th edition of the START Summit. You will have the possibility to:

– Mingle 1-on-1 with more than 5,000 investors, entrepreneurs and like-minded students

– Learn from Matt Cohler (Founding Team Facebook), Igor Perisic (CDO LinkedIn) and Verena Pausder (Founder ada) during their speeches and in exclusive background sessions.

– Participate in workshops around the sustainability topic and how it can be integrated in the entrepreneurial and investing context.

Intrigued? Get your early bird ticket now!

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 22. February 2021

HSG’s MBA is ranked 8th in terms of CSR globally

In the 2021 Financial Times MBA Ranking, HSG is home to the best 8th programme in terms of CSR globally (up from rank 69)

The HSG has been integrating tangible sustainability goals into its activities and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. The engagement is also recognized in the Financial Times MBA Ranking.

Check out Twitter and LinkedIn for more information.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 22. February 2021

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