Sharing Information on Progress – Spain and Portugal

Every month, several new Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports come across my desk. These SIP reports are full of interesting and innovative projects aimed at embedding the Principles of PRME across campuses. In a series of blogs, I feature a small selection of these projects taken from recently submitted reports.

This month we take a special look at schools reporting from Spain and Portugal. The PRME Chapter Iberian (Spain and Portugal) was created this past July. These examples only represent a fraction of the exciting initiatives happening across the chapter and within the individual schools. For more visit the Chapter page on the PRME website.

  1. Purpose: AESE Escola de Direccao e Negocios, Lisbon, Portugal

As part of their commitment to ethical leadership, AESE is using the PRME anti-corruption in business school curriculum methodology, developed by the PRME Working Group on Anti Corruption. The Anti-Corruption Toolkit provides comprehensive anti-corruption guidelines for curriculum change in business schools and management related academic institutions around the world.

  1. Values: ESIC Business & Marketing School, Madrid, Spain

ESIC’s Orbayu Project is a non-profit foundation that provides micro credits in the Third World in collaboration with the insurance company AVIVA. In 2012 and 2013, over eighty-four thousand euros were given in microcredits across South America. This online platform connects individuals from the ESIC community interested in supporting entrepreneurship in development countries, with individuals and projects in those countries.

  1. Method: IE Business School, Madrid, Spain

IE’s Venture Lab incubates the development and consolidation of social and responsible business start-ups proposed and launched by IE students and alumni worldwide, and fosters an ecosystem aimed at facilitating the funding of past, present and future business projects as an engine for growth and social welfare. Students and alumni can apply to be part of a 6-month start-up accelerator that culminates with a pitch to international investors. IE also organises an annual Impact Weekend, a sixty-hour, hands-on, innovative experience that brings together students from IE and other business schools with social entrepreneurs from across Spain, to share ideas and develop social responsible business plans. The recent winning teams were awarded mentorship and coaching as well as entry into IE’s Venture lab.

  1. Research: Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal

NOVAAFRICA is a knowledge centre created to produce distinctive expertise on business and economic development in Africa. A particular focus is on Portuguese-speaking Africa including Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. Central to the centre’s activity is an in-depth understanding of the target economies including their institutions, private sector and civil society, and taking a multidisciplinary approach to studying the process of prosperity creation. NOVAFRICA has also established an internship with BEST-MozaBank in Mozambique, where students can work to promote high-impact entrepreneurs in the country.

  1. Partnerships: ESCI Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, Spain

ESCI’s Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, financed by the Spanish company MANGO, aims to foster research activities in CSR and related areas especially in the international business context. In the academic year 2013/14, ESCI launched the project MANGO SMILE (Social Innovation Lab), sponsored by the Mango Chair. It consists of an open innovation community of students solving social and environmental challenges. In this first edition of the project, the proposed challenge was “How to improve the recycling of clothing and fabric,” and the innovation community was open to students of ESCI, some additional universities’ students, and a group of secondary schools’ students.

  1. Dialogue: Deusto Business School, Bilbao, Spain

The Global Centre for Sustainable Business (GCSB) at Deusto acts as a hub connecting the school’s departments. The Centre’s mission is to pioneer new business education approaches to sustainable business and value creation through advanced research, advocacy and leadership in ideas, and national and international dialogues on sustainable business. Deusto organised the Global Dialogues on Sustainable Business, of forty-five leading sustainability leaders from academia and industry convening with the aim of assessing the current situation of CSR/Sustainability after a decade of practice, and jointly examining new practices and developments at the company and international level.

+Organisational Practices: IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain

IESE aspires to create a work environment that is supportive of families. It offers a range of polices that provides advantages such as education and professional development, flexible timetables and holidays, aid to parents to help reduce cost of day care, counseling and support for expatriates and their families, and fellowships and scholarships for employee spouses and children. The school obtained the Family Responsible Company certificate, which recognises companies with policies that allow their employees to balance work and family life.

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