EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey is the most-prestigious business school in Latin America, not only because it offers a rewarding experience and high academic standards but also because it trains transformational leaders with the personality, knowhow, and skills to create sustainable value in the globalized economy and to boost business and society in Mexico and the world.
With a four-pillar model -Academia, Facilities, Wellbeing, and Society-, the EGADE Business School hopes its Sustainability Strategy will have a positive impact on the society and the environment, using sustainable operating, research, and teaching practices at the School. To carry out the Sustainability Strategy, three work groups were formed: Academic Committee, Operating Committee, and Student Society.
That is why sustainability is part of the School’s strategic foundation, along with innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and a global outlook, noted Dr. Teresa Almaguer Salazar, when introducing the EGADE Business School Sustainability Strategy before the “Sustainability: The Only Way to Do Business” lecture given by Nelson Núñez Vidal, the Sustainability and Compliance manager at Minera Peñasquito, Goldcorp México, at the April-June 2017 quarter welcome week in Monterrey on April 17.
“Our Sustainability Strategy strives to have a positive impact on our society and environment by institutionalizing sustainability practices in our operating, research, and teaching,” added the academic director of the EGADE Business School. Dr. Almaguer Salazar explained that the EGADE Business School Sustainability Strategy is displayed on a graph with four main pillars: Academia, Facilities, Wellbeing, and Society.
She noted that this model acts as a guide for all members of the EGADE Business School community to strive for sustainability, through teaching and research, the use and care of facilities, student and coworker wellbeing, and the development of society in general.
She also highlighted the specific goals of each of the Sustainability Model pillars:
- Academia: Make sure there is a cross-curricular approach among students, grads, professors, and outside parties in sustainability teaching and research.
- Facilities: Have safe, environmentally friendly facilities that use natural resources efficiently, reduce waste, and can be accessed by everyone.
- Wellbeing: Create a respectful space for personal and professional development for everyone who works and studies at the school.
- Society: Seek out cross-sectorial alliances to rebuild the social fabric through knowledge.
She added that, to carry out the Sustainability Strategy, the following work groups were formed, each with a specific goal:
- Academic Committee: Push for cross-disciplinary sustainability research topics.
- Operating Committee: Strive for sustainability-related projects in daily operations.
- Student Society: Foster participation and idea creation among students who lead these initiatives.
Dr. Almaguer Salazar highlighted the fact that the Sustainability Approach is already well known at EGADE Business School, thanks to the work by the SUSTENTUS Center, and because it is one of the aspects assessed by the international accreditors EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB, and projects such as Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and UN Global Compact, which the School reports to.
Some of the main promotors of EGADE Business School Sustainability include Dr. Consuelo García de la Torre, the School’s representative at the PRME; Dr. Gerardo Lozano Fernández, the director of the SUSTENTUS Center; Dr. Carlos Scheel Mayenberger, a professor of Circular Economies, Dr. Bryan Husted, the head of the Social Innovation Strategic Approach Research Group (GIEES); and Dr. Luz de Lourdes Pesqueira Fernández, a research professor in Sustainability and Social Innovation.
“We need to change our mentality, to change our attitude; it is very important for us to take on the topic of sustainability, to use resources wisely, to respect others, to give access to people who may not have our same physical capabilities, to make it part of our everyday lives. I ask you to come together, as much as each of you can, to make sustainability a reality,” concluded Dr. Almaguer Salazar.
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