INSEAD Sustainability Report showcases action towards global goals

Published by Shubhpreet Kaur, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society on 16 Oct 2019

In a time of unprecedented challenges with environmental pressures, technological vulnerabilities, geopolitical upheaval and declining trust, INSEAD strives to educate and engage future leaders to deliver prosperity and positive social impact. To show how the school is pursuing this objective, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society has produced the INSEAD Sustainability Report: Academic Years 2015/2016 through 2017/2018.

It is smart for every organization to look at their operations and bring their action in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, agreed in 2015. The SDGs provide a cohesive and centralised framework for discussing a development model that is beneficial for people and the planet. It is encouraging to see the increasing number of business leaders talking about SDGs and addressing the 17 global goals, while furthering conversations about what SDGs mean for strategies, operations and business models.

INSEAD has an important role to play in this dialogue. As a business school, we create knowledge, teach on sustainability-related topics, engage our partners and peer organisations, while maintaining sustainable operations on our three campuses. Business must be part of the solution, so INSEAD must be part of the solution.

Reporting our action through the INSEAD Sustainability Report: Academic Years 2015/2016 through 2017/2018 helps us better understand sustainability at the school and improve year over year. Having long recognised the need to teach and research around environmental and social responsibility, our school is well positioned to convene today’s leaders to discuss global challenges. With a faculty of thought leaders in business and economics, an alumni community 60,000 strong and more than 1,000 graduates each year from our five master degrees and doctoral programme, the school is a transformative force in business and society. With unparalleled geographic and cultural diversity, we have global reach and impact.

The Hoffmann Institute produced the INSEAD Sustainability Report to show where we are and what should be done to be more sustainable. The report is organised around the Institute’s pillars – Knowledge, Teaching, Engagement and how we Walk the Talk – using this structure to build strategies, set objectives and change the way we conduct business.  A SDG Mapping mark by the Global Reporting Institute shows extensive alignment with the SDGs and will help INSEAD further integrate the SDGs across the school.

Acting on sustainability is an opportunity and responsibility unlike any other. By working together to find new ways to grow and develop, this opportunity can usher in a new era of prosperity and positive social impact. Now is the time for leaders to take bold steps forward and make business a force for good.

Read more on the steps INSEAD is taking and how we are empowering leaders to take their own action. Explore the Executive Summary or see all the data in the full INSEAD Sustainability Report: Academic Years 2015/2016 through 2017/2018. 

Category:  Walk the Talk

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