PRME at SSE
SSE has been a signatory of PRME since 2013. The initiative is administered through Misum, but it is the entire school that works towards the purpose of being a signatory.
SSE has formulated its overarching educational aims through the acronym FREE. Some examples of SSE's activities that align with the PRME principles can be found below:
SSE's Global Challenges courses are aimed at broadly educating students about urgent and large-scale problems of modern times, as climate change, accelerating environmental damages, or the risks related to global health, inequality or autonomous intelligence.
Sustainability and Responsible Management Education at SSE
Here at SSE, we acknowledge the profound importance of sustainability. Misum, PRME and the group ‘Sustainable SSE’ have initiated a series of pragmatic internal films to support the endeavor of making sustainability explicit in SSE course content. These videos are a tool for SSE staff and can be accessed on the internal portal here. Alongside the video series, we have also developed a module focused on training faculty in responsible business education, which can be found here.
SSE Executive MBA: MBALive®
This program brings hands-on action and real-world experiences to the classroom through cases, live projects, and the experiences of the participants. To find out more about the special pedagogy- MBALive® read here.
SSE is home to some 30 research centers. Some are embedded in one department, others link two or more departments, and others operate autonomously. Many of these units conduct research that addresses various SDG topics, and some are exclusively dedicated to such research.
Human Capital and Sustainable Economic Development
Research in this area aims at understanding how investments in human capital can improve the education, health, and well-being of people in a range of countries and thus translate into more sustainable development. Some examples of such ongoing research at SSE includes:
Sustainable Finance and Accounting
With finance and accounting being a key component of the transition to a sustainable global economy, there are a number of SSE researchers exploring this topic to reveal the ways we can design and implement accounting infrastructures to create fair and just markets. Some examples of their work can be found at some of the following centers:
Sustainable Business Development and Practice
Sustainable business practices and development is informed by research carried out on entrepreneurship, innovation and management. There are a number of centers and departments that focus on these areas, looking a range from inclusive hiring practices, resilience and innovation within family businesses, and design thinking as a means of developing new solutions to age old problems. For further information, take a look at:
- The House of Innovation's Jacob and Marcus Wallenberg Center for Innovative and Sustainable Business Development and the Center for Design and Leadership, or The Garden.
- The Center for Responsible Leadership
- Misum's research platform Sustainable Business Development through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
SSE is implementing a holistic approach to sustainability in its organizational character so that its academic and extra-curricular activities embody the values of global social responsibility and seeks to reduce its own environmental impact over time and ensure overt positive social impact in society.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
SSE works strategically with diversity, equal opportunities and inclusion in accordance with the Discrimination Act, Swedish working environment provisions, and our policies and action plans. At SSE, we actively work for increased diversity, equal opportunities and inclusion of everyone.
Contact: Karol Vieker, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager
Recycling and Facilities at SSE
SSE seeks to have sustainability as a stable feature of its operations. Over the last two years, the efforts to improve SSE’s operational practices have built upon existing solutions and created new ones.
Contact: Karin Elg, Facilities Director
SSE Art Initiative
SSE Art Initiative embeds art in the academic environment of SSE to make the school even more knowledge intensive. The initiative has engaged in making visual arts and poetry central to the School’s overall educational mission. Aesthetics opens pathways to ethics and socially responsible decisions.
Some interesting past exhibitions include:
A Place in Europe by Cecilia Parsberg and Erik Pauser
CO2 Lock-In sculptures by Bigert & Bergström (pictured above, photo by Jean-Baptist Béranger)
Contact: Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe, Director, Art Initiative and Literary Agenda
Student contributions to sustainability and inclusion
There are two major student groups dedicated explicitly to questions of sustainability at SSE.
One is the SASSE Sustainability Group (SSG), a multifaceted group with a broad range of responsibilities, such as:
- organizing various events and activities for students to raise awareness about sustainability.
- promoting more sustainable operations within the student association, and,
- representing students interests in sustainability internally and externally.
- Some initiatives include Effective Altruism, the Sustainable Finance Club, and Focus CSR.
Student groups independent from SASSE also promote sustainability at SSE. The SSE Students for Climate Action (SSCA) is one such group. SSCA is a student-led initiative that connects and engages students, alumni, and faculty members at SSE to increase the focus on environmental and climate-related issues within academia and to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable economy.
Outreach at SSE through the media and debate articles, academic events, research seminars, or popularized publications and presentations for general audiences is how the school gives back to society and the business community.
Sweden through the Crisis
SSE’s departments and research centers value public engagement and their relationships with their stakeholders. For this reason, communicating about ongoing research is a part of their contribution to society
A few flagship events from our research centers include:
Misum Annual Forum 2023: Reimagining capitalism: How to measure performance in a new moral economy, Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets
Digital Day 2022: Dialogues on Digital, House of Innovation
Women in Finance, Swedish House of Finance