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Positive Impact Rating 2021 Edition

We launched the 2021 Report at the UN PRME Global Forum

We released the Positive Impact Rating 2021 Report at a keynote session at the UN PRME Global Forum in the presence of students, business school representatives, and other societal stakeholders from across the world in a virtual session.


Our leading schools were present at the launch to hear social impact levels of 46 business schools from 21 countries announced by Prof Thomas Dyllick of the Positive Impact Rating Association and Sophie Charrois, President of oikos International and PIR Board Member.


Here is the keynote presentation.

"Business can be a force for good, and this is strengthened by students who are the next generation of business leaders. The PIR supports business schools to prioritize responsible management education – UN Global Compact and PRME principles strongly support these ambitions."

Antonio Hautle, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Switzerland

Here is the press release in English.

2021 Edition


2021 Report

Read the 2021 PIR Report to find out which schools were rated

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Top Schools 

View the top schools from the 2021 Positive Impact Rating results

What the students say

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In this second edition, students from 47 schools located in four continents and 21 countries participated in the survey. While the number of participating schools and countries remained comparable to the first edition, the number of student participants more than tripled.


The PIR 2021 edition features 46 schools. For the first time, there are business schools that have reached the top Level 5 (pioneering schools). At Level 4 (transforming schools), the report features 24 schools, up from 9 schools last year. Level 3 (progressing schools) has a similar number of schools as last year (18 this year versus 19 last year). In the spirit of reinforcing good practice, the rating does not feature schools that were rated below Level 3.

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The schools were ranked according to five levels, with 5 being the top level and 1 the lowest:

Level 1 *  Beginning efforts at schools that are either getting started or are considering to get started or have difficulties getting off the ground despite a stated commitment or vision

Level 2 **  Emerging schools starting to translate a stated commitment to positive action in one or more domains


Level 3 ***  Progressing schools demonstrating evidence of results across some impact dimensions


Level 4 ****  Transforming schools with a positive impact culture, embedded in governance and systems, with visible results progress in many impact dimensions


Level 5 *****  Pioneering schools with unique, sustaining global leadership progress in all impact dimensions


After much analysis, we opted for a minimum number of 100 valid student responses per school. We deliberately refrain from disclosing the distinction between low-rated schools and those with an insufficient number of responses.  

The Top Schools

(listed in alphabetical order)

Download the list of the 46 schools here


Goa Institute of Management, India

S P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), India

University For Business and Technology, Kosovo

XLRI Xavier School of Management, India


Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Antwerp Management School, Belgium

Audencia Business School, France

Carleton University Sprott School of Business, Canada

CENTRUM PUCP Business School, Peru

EADA Business School, Spain

Esade Business School, Spain

Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, United States

Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany

HKUST Business School, Hong Kong

IESEG School of Management, France

INCAE Business School, Costa Rica

Iscte Business School, Portugal

Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, Finland

Kozminski University, Poland

Luiss Business School, Italy

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands

St.Petersburg University Graduate School of Management, Russia

Strathmore Business School, Kenya

University of Applied Sciences Krems IMC, Austria

University of Vermont Grossman School of Business, United States

University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business, Canada

UPF Barcelona School of Management, Spain



Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences International Business School, Netherlands

Concordia University John Molson School of Business, Canada

EAE Business School, Spain

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

EDHEC Business School, France

ESCP Business School, Germany

Hanken School of Economics, Finland

HSE Graduate School of Business, Russia

ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium

Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

KEDGE Business School, France

Rennes School of Business, France

TUM School of Management, Germany

University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, USA

University of Gothenburg School of Business, Sweden

University of St Gallen School of Management, Switzerland

University of Strathclyde Business School, United Kingdom

ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland

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