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Financial Times: SEB LU among the top 20 business schools for socially responsible activities

21.10.2019Comments are closed.

The Financial Times, generally regarded as the world’s leading provider of business school rankings and one of the leading global business publications, asked business schools around the world to share their examples of best practices with an impact on society.

Business schools provided examples of their activities with a societal impact in four areas: research, teaching, students projects, and operations. Expert judges on a panel that included representatives of organisations like the Bank of England, University of Cambridge, AACSB International, Association of MBAs & Business Graduates Association, UN Global Compact etc. evaluated all of the proposals and selected the 20 best practices for each of these four areas.

The School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU) was included among the top 20 business schools whose operations have a high impact on society. The list of world-renowned schools engaging in the 20 best practices includes the Harvard Business School, Northwestern University; Kellogg School of Management, University of California at Berkeley: Haas (USA); Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden); Dublin City University (Ireland); University of Victoria: Gustavson (Canada); and others.

SEB LU aims to engage its academic community to protect the planet with several activities and to ensure its campus is eco-friendly. SEB LU started in 2011 with sustainable investments that allowed the school to cut its CO2 emissions by 46% within 5 years. It generates and produces its own energy, with a solar power plant being installed in unused roof areas since 2011. The use of solar panels reduces carbon dioxide emissions by some 77.2 tonnes per year. This information is available and shown on a screen in the School’s main lobby in order to motivate sustainable attitudes and behaviour.

By making environmentally responsible investments and completing the energy-efficiency renovation project, the school enjoys heat savings of around 872 MWh and electricity savings of some 305 MWh per year. SEB LU’s CO2 emissions have fallen by 640 tonnes, or 46% within 5 years due to such environmentally responsible investments. For more, see http://www.ef.uni-lj.si/corporate_social_responsibility/sustaining-green

In 2018, the SEB LU was awarded the ‘Green Flag,’ an international environmental acknowledgment as part of the Eco-Schools programme. In 2019, with the intention of raising awareness about the importance of bees and the key role they play in the environment and for the human race generally, SEB LU has two beehives that are home to 120,000 bees. Also in 2019, the SEB LU signed the Climate Crisis petition calling on the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to recognise climate change as a national crisis that must be regarded as a priority and addressed as such.

Read more on Financial Times website: https://www.ft.com/content/b6bcfa02-ef37-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195?shareType=nongift.

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