IE University is an international axis for scholarship, teaching, and research. Our community is rich with faculty and students pursuing degrees and conducting studies that explore sustainability through diverse lenses.
At IE University, we ensure that all graduating students are trained as impactful leaders who can successfully embrace their role in building a sustainable world for all.
Central to IE University’s approach to sustainability is the idea that solutions to the world’s most pressing problems will require an interdisciplinary effort. Today, our curricula, labs, research centers, and student clubs at IE University are working to solve the most urgent challenges facing humanity, from sustainable cities and food security to responsible consumption and production and climate action.
Driven by a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to having a positive impact on society, IE University is well positioned to seek solutions that create a more sustainable planet and educate generations of business and policy leaders equal to that challenge.
Across campus, IE University’s schools incorporate sustainability into research and academic programs. All of our schools offer a wide range of sustainability-related content, certificates and research opportunities as well as workshops, seminars and conferences for teachers, staff and students.
The World of Tomorrow (WoT) is a unique, highly transformative and impact-oriented training program designed to introduce senior executives to the main trends in technological and social disruption, and to help them to transform those trends into new opportunities for their businesses.
This program is designed as a deep-dive into new technologies and their impact on the economic, political and social realms. For five days, participants meet top scholars, practitioners and experts in relevant fields and gain cutting-edge knowledge that will help them and their organizations navigate change and remain competitive in the digital era.
This course of study allows students to understand the working and intricacies of social entrepreneurship, turning their ideas into realities with consultation support from Third Half Soccer, the Moringa Project and Alma Nativa.
IE’s Master in Visual and Digital Media trains students to create and lead innovative visual and digital media projects for companies worldwide. A key component of this course is the Master Capstone Project done in collaboration with Fundación Llorente & Cuenca, during which students develop a comprehensive strategy for a specific NGO by developing content for social impact.
Among other projects, IE University students work on initiatives related to sustainability and social impact such as:
Offers students the opportunity to support social enterprises in South Africa or Spain through a consulting project.
Students receive practical and inspiring training in the fashion industry. They will meet professionals across the sector, enhancing the values and the positive impact of their future career aligned with sustainability, whether in the fashion industry or not.
Offers training periods in cities such as Amsterdam, Johannesburg, New York, or Rio de Janeiro, with projects focused on sustainability, CSR, impact investing and interactions with entrepreneurs/social enterprises.
Focuses on projects with impact on the SDGs.
Offer pro-bono consulting, projects with social impact investment funds, legal clinics.
An NGO run by students and professors at IE Business School to promote financial inclusion in Africa as a development tool.
Helps companies create social transformational leadership programs.
Students develop social innovation projects with the aim of making a positive impact on the company, community and society.
Helix Social Impact Project, Solar Now in Uganda.
Led by students from IE University's Net Impact Club, it features an annual multicultural event where participants share their history, culture, traditions, cuisine, etc. The funds collected are used for a social project.
This is part of the WWF initiative to repopulate the forests of the Doñana Natural Park (Huelva, Spain), which is home to a unique biodiversity ecosystem under threat.
Sustainable development research enables individuals to reflect on their own actions by considering current and future social and environmental impacts from a global perspective.
In the last 5 years more than 70 articles related to sustainability were published by the IE University community. Of these we highlight:
DiegoCosta Pinto, Márcia MaurerHerter, DilneyGonçalves, EdaSayin Can luxury brands be ethical? Reducing the sophistication liability of luxury brands, Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 233, 1 October 2019, Pages 1366-1376. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.06.094. This article demonstrates how luxury consumption and ethical consumption can be compatible. Sophisticated luxury brands can do a CSR oriented to their customers, compared to others that make a CSR more oriented to society.
Diestre, L. (2018). Safety crises and R&D outsourcing alliances: Which governance mode minimizes negative spillovers? Research Policy, Vol. 47(10): 1904-1917. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2018.06.019. This study examines how R&D alliance governance affects both the probability and magnitude of negative spillovers triggered by a partner’s safety crisis.
Konstantina Tzini, Kriti Jain. (2018). Unethical behavior under relative performance evaluation: Evidence and remedy. Human Resource Management, Vol. 57(6): 1399-1413. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21913. The article provides evidence of moral side effects of relative performance evaluation, when employees’ performance is evaluated relative to that of their peers.
Kock, C.J. & Min, B.S. Legal Origins, Corporate Governance, and Environmental Outcomes. Journal Business Ethics (2016) 138: 507. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2617-1. Environmental governance has emerged as a recent perspective to explain the link between corporate governance mechanisms and environmental outcomes, such as reducing pollution.
Guide, Jr., V. D. R., & Ketokivi, M. (2016). Notes from the editors: Ethical guidelines at Journal of Operations Management. Journal of Operations Management, 42-43, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jom.2016.02.001.
At IE University we provide our students with an experience-based approach that can help bridge the gap between knowledge and action through remarkable case studies.
Other academic articles related to sustainability, published in the last five years: