IE University achieved a 50% reduction in emissions, electricity consumption, and refrigerant gases in 2020/2021, becoming one of the first “carbon neutral”universities in Europe. Through its “10 Year Challenge,” the institution aims to promote sustainability annually, with the 2022 challenge focusing on reducing its carbon footprint. Photo: Marco Gutiérrez – AMPA.
As a leading higher education institution, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. It’s not just a secondary consideration, it’s built into the very fabric of our objectives, culture and community. The Sustainability Office has a new hub at the IE Tower in Madrid, where multiple stakeholders are collaborating on new products, training projects, executive coaching, advisory programs and education initiatives.
...While thinking of tomorrow. It’s made up of three key pillars, which are interconnected and are fundamental to everything we do at IE University.
At IE University, we are tackling climate change and other environmental challenges by educating and inspiring the next leaders in climate action through our programs, initiatives and policies. Learn more about our environmental projects and activities.
Social action becomes a chain reaction of positive change, enhancing communities and helping our students become active citizens for life. We run several community projects and programs in order to inspire social action within our network.
We are committed to best practices in all aspects of corporate governance as well as respect for stakeholder interests, rule of law, international norms of behavior and human rights. For more information, read our annual reports, environmental policies, code of conduct and other resources.
The Sustainability Office was created with the aim of ensuring sustainable practices across the board. Our goal was to redefine our role in the grand scheme of things, meet regulatory requirements and inspire more sustainability-related action within the IE University community.
We launched our 10-Year Challenge under the 2030 UN Agenda. The first goal we tackled was Responsible Consumption and we were able to achieve 100% renewable energy.
2021 was focused on Building Community, and we continued our strategy of alternating between environmental and social challenges.
After rebuilding our community’s social fabric following the pandemic, it was time to focus on environmental challenges again. In 2022, we chose Carbon Footprint as our challenge and throughout the year we completed our first certified carbon footprint audit and achieved net zero.
This year’s challenge is Accessibility, Inclusion and Belonging. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental principles for IE University.
We strive to facilitate inclusion by creating a community that is accesible to everyone.
This year, our focus is on improving by increasing our resources and efforts to create this community that reinforces diversity and the different capabilities of every member of our community.
At IE University, we believe that we can achieve each of the SDGs through education.
We train leaders who are capable of understanding the interconnectedness of the SDGs, providing them with the skills, knowledge and expertise to solve these complex global concerns.
We teach "systems thinking" so that students develop a holistic perspective of the issues that the UN 2030 Agenda aims to solve, facilitating deeper understanding and problem solving.
Students put theory into practice in the classroom, labs and research journeys for solution-oriented activities that tackle important challenges facing the world.
We guide and encourage students to lead extracurricular activities that support SDGs through charitable actions and events that raise awareness.
Within the framework of the SDGs, logically Goal 4 best responds to our raison d’être.
Driven by a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to positive social impact, IE University seeks to create a more sustainable planet by training future business and policy leaders to face different complex and multidimensional challenges. IE integrates sustainability in all programs as well as offering specific training.
Research plays a critical role in IE University’s goal of fostering positive change. As a world-class institution, our contribution to this positive change must consider generational knowledge as a lever for sustainable impact. This includes both academic research and applied research.
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.