THE CHAIN OF CHANGE It’s easy to feel like you can’t personally make a difference to help achieve a more sustainable planet. Don't forget: each of us is part of a much larger University community, consisting of thousands of individuals. Combine those individual efforts with the University’s institutional initiatives, and the result will be a stronger, more sustainable IE University.

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Sustainability

At IE we’ve thought a lot about how tomorrow’s world will look and what kind of knowledge we must cultivate for our students to thrive in it. We are committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship as well as promoting increased awareness and public understanding.

We want to help people think and behave in ways that nurture a more sustainable planet: embracing global citizenship, social responsibility, climate action, the use of renewable energy and recycling, as well as fighting against biodiversity loss.

This way people can appreciate that individual actions are not isolated events but contribute to an interconnected system that determines the well-being of both humans and the planet.

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10 YEAR CHALLENGE

We aim to mainstream sustainability into all aspects of the university. This involves rethinking the curriculum, campus operations, as well as the organizational culture. In this way, the institution itself will function as a role model.

We want to inspire people to change their habits to strengthen a behavioral change. The change starts with our people: staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the corporate world. We all want to make an impact on society and on our world.

2020 CHALLENGE: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

IE University’s objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030.

WATER

100% reduction in the purchase of bottled water in campus by the end of 2021.

PAPERLESS

Reduction by 100% of student and staff paper consumption in the institution by the end of 2020.

ENERGY

During 2020, we will focus on increasing our purchased renewable energy to 70%.

PLASTICS AND SINGLE-USE PACKAGING

Reduction by 50% of single-use packaging in the campus by the end of 2020.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Objective: Increase by 50% the waste we recycle.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Increase by 60% local and healthy food options on campus.

Teaching & Research

IE’s community comes together as a transformational hub of education for sustainable impact to create the best possible environment to foster knowledge generation and learning.

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SUSTAINABILITY AT OUR SCHOOLS

Our goal is to ensure that all students who graduate from IE are trained as responsible leaders and are aware of their role in building a sustainable world. We aim to enhance IE’s contribution to cutting edge knowledge and innovation related to sustainability.

COMMUNITY

People are the main asset of any community. As a community of students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni, we define ourselves through a key set of values and objectives: promoting businesses that enhance progress and well-being, supporting diversity and global understanding, encouraging sustainable development and preserving natural resources.

Clubs

Students are integral to advancing sustainability at IE and clubs are instrumental to the IE student experience.

Among the many clubs on campus, there are several dynamic groups that allow students to participate in community engagement activities, host awareness events, and provide peer education and outreach about local and global issues of concern related to sustainability.

To have an even greater impact on campus at IE and beyond, these clubs have each taken on a specific focus for 2020, related to this year’s goal of responsible consumption: water, paper, energy, plastic, fashion or food.

SOCIAL IMPACT AT IE

  • SCHOLARSHIPS
    TALENT TAKING CARE OF TALENT
    IE FOUNDATION FELLOWS
    IE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
    CORPORATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    HELPING THE BEST TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL

    More than €16 million are awarded annually to undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship recipients from 100 countries. IE University and the IE Foundation work to make sure that talented students access the best educational opportunities without economic barriers to reach their full potential.

    IE FOUNDATION FELLOWS

    As a fellowship of donors, we believe in our IE Foundation Fellows and in the transformational role that education will play in their future.

    IE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

    Partial or Full Scholarships directly offered by IE Foundation. (Women, Academic Excellence, Parent Scholarships, Direct Awards, etc.)

    CORPORATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    The IE Foundation shares its commitment to talent with the business world. IE Corporate Scholarships offer companies an effective way to help promising students by providing them with the best educational opportunities at an institution committed to innovation and excellence.

  • INITIATIVES FOR SOCIAL IMPACT AT IE
    TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND AWARENESS
    GENDER GAP
    DISABILITY AND CONCILIATION

    TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND AWARENESS

    Our goal is to double the number of workshops, seminars and the creation of specialized programs for new employees focused on sustainability by the end of 2020. Further, we hope to increase that tenfold by 2030.

    GENDER GAP

    We continually facilitate initiatives that encourage the presence of women on the IE University team and faculty and within the student body. Further, we promote academic content written by female professors, case studies on female business leaders, entrepreneurs, etc. Use inclusive language.

    DISABILITY AND CONCILIATION

    We currently support 100% of students, staff and faculty with disabilities, and the objective is to creatively consider and develop new actions jointly with the Adecco Foundation and Celima.