This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Signatory/Dean Paulo Bento
INDEG-IUL ISCTE Executive Education
Description/achievement of initiative
INDEG-IUL, ISCTE Executive Education is committed towards the effective implementation of sustainability in its core business, i.e., executive education. In order to proceed with this commitment, INDEG has created the Sustainability Knowledge Lab (SKL) in 2012.
The SKL is a laboratory that aims to create, promote and disseminate knowledge and information on sustainability issues. Its mission is to empower business leaders with interdisciplinary knowledge and its business principles are based on respect, innovation and creativity. The SKL areas of work are: Strategic Sustainability; Humanistic Management; Ethical Banking; Environmental, Social and Governance Risks; Green Business Models; Social Responsible Funds; Sustainable Consumption; Sustainable Production.
Between 2012 and 2013, SKL has organized four conferences in order to increase awareness of the subject amongst students, teachers and managers. It has also been publishing a monthly newsletter. In October 2013, SKL published a report about the: “Education for sustainability in Portugal – a new generation of ethical and visionary leaders”, which includes a survey done to the Portuguese population about their opinion on the importance of sustainability education for future leaders. The recognition that sustainability issues are relevant for executives became even clearer when, in 2013, INDEG-IUL decided to include the class of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Executive MBA course.
In order to improve our activities towards education for sustainability, INDEG-IUL has decided to sign the “Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development”. By doing this INDEG-IUL assumes its public and international commitment towards the creation of a new responsible management culture, which takes into consideration the future generations’ interests when making decisions.
Below are identified several activities that INDEG-IUL will implement in order to comply with the 5 commitments of the above declaration. In brackets we indicate the year in which we expect those activities to take place.
Teach sustainable development concepts:
• Offer open sustainability executive management programmes (2014)
• Engage with companies in order to promote specific in company training courses in the sustainability area (2014)
• Gradually incorporate a sustainability class in most courses (2015-2016)
Encourage research on sustainable development issues:
• Develop applied research on sustainable development (2014 onwards)
• Develop research using the Case Studies Approach (2014 onwards)
• Writing publications about sustainable management strategies (2015 onwards)
Green our campuses:
• To do an energy efficiency analysis of our building (2014)
• Define and implement a sustainability strategy (2014)
• Implement recycling practices (2014)
• Implement a Green Procurement Policy (2014)
• Train all workers at INDEG on these policies (2014)
Support sustainability efforts in the communities in which we reside:
• Define a Social Responsibility Strategy (2014)
• Implement that Social Responsibility Strategy (2014 onwards)
Engage with and share results through international frameworks:
• Engage in a active way with EABIS (2014 onwards)
• Engage in a active way with PRME (2014 onwards)
• Work in partnership with national and international universities (2014 onwards)
In order to promote a transparency practice and accountability, INDEG-IUL via SKL website, will publish annually, in December, a report regarding what it has done on that year towards the commitments now assumed.
In order to implement these activities, the SKL Governance model includes: a Direction, an Advisory Board and a Sponsors Committee.