Working with students to accelerate change
IESEG has improved its PIR score across three Editions, perhaps explained by a focused strengthening and acceleration of its commitment to sustainability since 2019. The school underwent several essential steps that have helped to increase its positive impact.
The school has substantially increased its engagement with stakeholders – notably students, staff, faculty, and alumni – on an ongoing basis. The school uses tools such as a materiality analysis, one-on-one meetings with the different services, departments, and student associations, Professional Advisory Boards, and thematic working groups composed of mixed populations. These working groups allowed for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to interact and collaborate on projects and ideas and helped build a stronger relationship among these groups.
IESEG has continued embedding sustainability into all programs by creating new mandatory courses on sustainability, a mandatory serious game on climate change for all first-year students, and new interdisciplinary projects such as the ‘People-Planet-Profit’ project for second-year students.
The PIR has helped provide IESEG with updated and relevant information on how students perceive the school efforts and identifying areas to increase positive impact. Previous results of its PIR indicated an interest of students to see their sustainability engagement considered.
The school dug deeper into this by consulting with students. It launched the ‘Sustainability Certificate’, which is given to students who demonstrate engagement in all aspects of the student experience at IESEG (academic, associative, events, thesis, etc.).
The PIR has also allowed IESEG to dialogue closer with the student association that leads the PIR campaign. Additionally, its PIR score is communicated internally and externally through presentations, reports, and accreditations. The PIR has become an important element of IESEG’s strategic development and has served as a guide to improve impact in the past three years.