Defining a vision for the university’s role in sustainability
#Internal engagement and training
Bocconi University knew it needed to express a vision about its role in a more sustainable society and project a forward-looking commitment that would align with its new long-term strategic plan. At the same time, it needed to make sense of all the indicators it monitors annually and organise projects that had been created around the Campus and with its vast network of students, alumni and businesses.
This was a unique project in that our activities were carried out – on schedule – during the lockdown imposed in Italy in the spring of 2020, despite requiring an intense dialogue process and co-ordination with the sustainability committee. This involved:
– Benchmark of the sustainability commitments of leading universities and business schools globally
– Proposing relevant topics and related issues that reflect Bocconi’s impacts
– Video interviews with members of the university’s sustainability committee, rector, staff and management team
– Online surveys of current students and members of the alumnus network internationally
– Definition of a materiality matrix and creation of the university’s vision (“Sustainability that matters”) and strategic pillars.
Support for the university’s first sustainability report (proposed structure, selection of indicators, initiatives, etc.)
Bocconi published its sustainability report in September 2020 under the title of #sustainabilitythatmatters, laying out a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals organised in three pillars: Empower, Embrace, Engage.