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BI's sustainability strategy

BI’s strategy towards 2025 determines that we shall prepare people and businesses towards an international, digital and sustainable future. This page shows how we, as organization, use UN’s sustainability targets within our tutoring, research and within our own house.

Both in our capacity as main supplier of economic and administrative education in Norway and as one of Europe’s largest higher business schools, BI Norwegian Business School, is shaping the labour market of the future through our teaching. 

The key factor has always been educational programmes that are up to date and relevant for the actual needs in business. This implies a responsibility to push agendas and spearhead important changes in society.

Our research shall bring both the private and the public sectors forward. This, our commitment, offers opportunities and challenges.

When facing our present times biggest challenge BI Norwegian Business School must, as an institution, continue being a role model and a part of the solution.

"At BI we aim to educate responsible managers and develop knowledge for a sustainable society. Combined with our own contribution to reducing CO2 footprints, we aim to be part of the solution instead of the problem."

Inge Jan Henjesand

President at BI Norwegian Business School

Some of our target areas towards 2025 are:

Teaching

  • Integrate sustainability in all our courses
  • Offer specialized lectures, courses and study programs within sustainability

Research

  • Continue with research that will promote our common grasp of the role of corporations, business dynamics and our fellow understanding of sustainable economics and values
  • BI shall toil to create better arenas for the interaction between faculties that have a professional interest for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and business ethics

In our own house

  • Remove all unnecessary plastics and use-and-throw wrapping by 2022
  • Target at obtaining a material re-cycling degree of 65% by 2022
  • Have environmentally friendly and sustainable campuses
  • By the end of 2019 all conferences and events at BI shall be organized in accordance with the requirements set by the Norwegian Environmental Agency Miljøfyrtårn (Environmental Green Beacon) for green conferences
  • Contribute to the biological diversity at large by having beehives on our roofs
  • Promote academic freedom and defend teachers’ and professors’ human rights throughout the world through our membership in the «Scholars at Risk (SAR)» network

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS - #4, #5 AND #13 

In our research, curriculum development and teaching BI will consider the implications of UN sustainability goals.

“1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind”.

For more information, see the UN SDG website.

In our research, curriculum development and teaching BI will consider the implications of UN sustainability goals.

 

SDG Goal #4 Quality Education, Goal #5 Gender Equality and Goal #13 Climate Action

BI is committed to realizing UN sustainability goals through quality education. We will ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

In our operations, including employment, running facilities, supply chain management and consumption, special focus will be on Goal 5: Gender equality and Goal 13: Climate Action.

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