2021 Challenge: COMMUNITY BUILDING

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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 efforts are not isolated events but contribute to an interconnected system that determines the well-being of both humans and the planet.

2021 CHALLENGE: COMMUNITY BUILDING – We continue our commitment to sustainability from a different perspective this year. We will highlight the social impact the IE community makes, fostering cohesion and resilience to be adaptable to whatever the future may hold. We need each of you to believe in the great power of your actions. What you do is a reflection of who we are.

The Chain of Change starts with you!

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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
    2020 GOALS
    2020 Environmental Achievements
    2020 Other Sustainability Achievements

    RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION

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

    To reach our 2020 challenge, IE University focused on:

    WATER. Reduce the use of plastic, single-use water bottles to promote responsible consumption. This affected the entire organization: staff, faculty and students. Drinking fountains were installed and actions were taken to promote the use of reusable containers.

    PAPER. Reduce paper consumption. Among other related projects, IE University has been working for a decade to reduce paper consumption with projects such as WWF’s ‘100 Companies for the Forests’, where, every year, students replant trees in the Doñana National Park.

    ENERGY. Reduce energy consumption on campus via lighting, air conditioning, etc. By 2030, our objective is to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint by becoming a zero-emission institution. In 2020, we focused on increasing our purchased renewable energy as part of our commitment to climate action with a goal for the implementation of ISO 50001 by the end of 2021.

    PLASTICS AND SINGLE-USE PACKAGING. Build awareness to increase the use of recycled plastic or compostable PLA (derived from corn) on campus.

    WASTE MANAGEMENT. We build awareness with campaigns about recycling in the institution. Implement ISO 14001.

    TRANSPORT. Implement new formulas for sustainable movement of staff, teachers and students between campus buildings: car-pooling, electric shuttles and bicycle racks.

     

    2020 GOALS

     

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  • 2021 Challenge
    BUILDING RESILIENCE in 2020
    HOW WE BUILD COMMUNITY
    OUR GOALS FOR 2021

    THINGS DO NOT JUST HAPPEN, THEY ARE MEANT TO HAPPEN

    At IE our community has dedicated more than 53.280 hours to social impact activities during 2020. Our plan is to increase both the number of activities and the number of active participants.

    HOW WE BUILD COMMUNITY AT IE

    Resilience can be learned and cultivated by exposing ourselves to unusual situations. We applaud those hours and the following initiatives by our IE community which goes to show that sustainability has the great power of fostering true change and development of people everywhere:

    • Impact Projects
    • Financieros sin Fronteras
    • Legal Clinic
    • Global Legaltech Venture Days
    • LawAhead Hub
    • Legaltech Innovation Farm
    • Social Impact Lab
    • Hay Festival
    • IE Woman
    • Fundación Puentes Global
    • Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability

    OUR GOALS FOR 2021

    People & community:

    • Increase the number of people involved in community-building and social impact activities
    • Create new associations with common social or environmental purposes
    • Develop local improvement projects

    Knowledge:

    • Generate awareness through seminars and workshops.
    • Publish research papers

    Innovation

    • Cultivate corporate philanthropy as a key priority in our students.
    • Facilitate the digitalization and economic reactivation of local ecosystem.

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.

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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 increase a tenfold the number of workshops, seminars and the creation of specialized programs for new employees focused on sustainability 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.

  • ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES WITH SOCIAL IMPACT
    1 Business School’s impact activities
    2 Architecture and design’s school impact activities
    3 Law’s school impact activities
    4 Global and public affairs’s school impact activities
    5 Human Science and Technology School’s Impact activities

    Business School’s impact activities

    At the social level, sustainability fosters the development of people, communities and cultures to achieve an overall level of quality of life, health and education that is adequate and equitable. IE Business School is devoted to positive impact.

    Architecture and design’s school impact activities

    The physical environment is a key piece of community building. Our graduates from Architecture and Design have the tools to be leaders in shaping an inclusive and humane physical and digital environment.

    Law’s school impact activities

    Social sustainability is a multifaceted approach. Countries are already adjusting their legislation to promote sustainability. Law school promotes activities to foster social impact.

    Global and public affairs’s school impact activities

    We want to attain a more inclusive world. Defining policy and having governments, private sector and civil society work together within their space to really make things happen we believe can help achieve inclusiveness. GPA is committed to making social impact.

    Human Science and Technology School’s Impact activities

    Technology and science are key in reshaping the future and we need people and communities to be at the centre of this transitions.

  • IE WOMEN
    1 IE WOMEN

    IE Women Initiative aims to support and promote the presence of women in business, technology and entrepreneurship. IE faculty, researchers, clubs, alumni and staff design tools and programs to effectively attract, retain and support the most talented women in their quest for career advancement and success. The IE Foundation supports this initiative and, on behalf of the IE community and its donors, designates a significant portion of the annual budget exclusively to help women continue on their path to excellence.

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.