Information
  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Bruno Delvaux – Recteur
Université Catholique de Louvain

Partner(s)

Université Catholique de Louvain

Description/achievement of initiative

UCL is committed to continuing its management and its development by assuming its societal responsibility in terms of sustainable development: energy management, soft mobility for students and staff, sustainable installations, materials and consumables. To this end, it is engaged in a process of strategic reflection on the subject, so as to devise a vision, an inventory of themes, actions and players, with transparent monitoring based on objective results indicators.

Implementation methodologies

The Louvain School of Management (LSM) - the UCL's Faculty of Management leads a pilot study about the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the students' curriculum. The LSM promotes a clear ambition - summarized in its slogan: Excellence & Ethics in Business - that is to train today's and tomorrow's managers to responsible decision-making within a complex socio-economic environment and to put human and societal values at the heart of decisions. The LSM works to support the objectives of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (see the LSM report available on www.prme.org/). The LSM promotes the training of entrepreneurs willing to launch innovative projects, to solve complex problems by adopting a systemic perspective and to change business norms; ethical leaders' willing to motivate staff and to undertake cultural change for a more ethical and sustainable development; and statesmen' willing to adopt a role of concerned citizen and to participate to the design of a new political governance.

Our plans for 2012-2015

1. The UCL university governance for sustainable development.
a. UCL is committed to continuing its management and its development by assuming its societal responsibility in terms of sustainable development: energy management, soft mobility for students and staff, sustainable installations, materials and consumables.
b. To this end, it is engaged in a process of strategic reflection on the subject, so as to devise a vision, an inventory of themes, actions and players, with transparent monitoring based on objective results indicators.
c. It uses its means of communication and of increasing awareness to take strategic action with regard to the representations, attitudes and behaviour of its members and to enhance the value of their autonomous initiatives.
d. During this period, it will opt to become associated with the club or federation of universities that it considers the most promising in terms of a joint sustainable development policy.

2. As an institution of education, research and service to society, UCL exerts a direct influence over its students, partners and local and world communities in various ways. UCL makes the following commitments.

a. Education:
i. to offer students curricula focusing specifically on sustainable development
ii. to ensure that the sustainable development dimension is included in the courses taught to all students.

The Louvain School of Management (LSM) – the UCL's Faculty of Management – leads a pilot study about the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the students' curriculum. The LSM promotes a clear ambition – summarized in its slogan: “Excellence & Ethics in Business” – that is “to train today's and tomorrow's managers to responsible decision-making within a complex socio-economic environment and to put human and societal values at the heart of decisions”. The LSM works to support the objectives of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (see the LSM report available on www.prme.org/). The LSM promotes the training of entrepreneurs – willing to launch innovative projects, to solve complex problems by adopting a systemic perspective and to change business norms; ethical leaders – willing to motivate staff and to undertake cultural change for a more ethical and sustainable development; and statesmen – willing to adopt a role of concerned citizen and to participate to the design of a new political governance.

b. Research:
i. to encourage researchers to develop work on sustainable development
ii. to encourage researchers and research projects to include the issue of sustainability in their approaches.

c. Service to society. By placing the results of its research and its teaching at the service of society, the university undertakes:
i. to develop specific services focusing on sustainable development
ii. to include the issue of sustainability in the way in which it responds to the social demands made of it by ordinary people, market and non-market organisations and the public authorities.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
SIP (Sharing information on Progress) (PRME) 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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