The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a Swiss Association which governs the rating. PIR was initiated by a group of concerned business school experts and has been founded by the endorsers WWF, Oxfam International and the UNGC Switzerland, with the active support of the funders VIVAIdea and the Mission Possible Foundation. It is set up to be led by international student organizations, including oikos, SOS, AIESEC International and others.

The PIR concept was developed in a multi-step prototyping process by a large group of committed and engaged academics, students and business school stakeholders from many different countries. It went through three large face-to-face sessions between May 2017 and September 2018 and many small-group working sessions and meetings in between. Four different prototypes were developed and tested in two pilot phases with a dozen business schools from different regions. The final prototype was accepted by a general assembly with all supporters and stakeholders in a two-day session in September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. It decided also on the PIR governance structure and the implementation phase.


We gladly recognize and are very grateful for a very large group of engaged co-creators of the PIR concept from around the world!



Katrin Muff,Ph.D.

Thought Leader and Director at The Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, Switzerland and Professor of Practice at Luiss Business School in Rome. She co-directs the Diploma in Advanced Sustainability and is President of the PIR Association.

Mathias Falkenstein

Mathias Falkenstein, Founding Partner of XOLAS, a newly developed Higher Education Management Consultancy based in Berlin, Germany. Formerly Director at EFMD in Brussels and at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris and Lille 

Clementine Robert

President of oikos International, a worldwide student-led organization to make economics and management education purposed for a sustainable world. Here Clementine works to empower student change agents worldwide to embed sustainability in academia and from there into day-to-day business, government and personal activities. 

Thomas Dyllick

Professor emeritus in Sustainability Management at the Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St.Gallen, and Director at The Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, Switzerland.  He co-directs the Diploma in Advanced Sustainability and is a member of the PIR Association Supervisory Board.

David Scicluna

Curious, innovative and an avid believer in the power of leadership because developing others and creating leaders not just followers is the true reward within it self. Former Country Manager of AIESEC in Switzerland and current Junior Consultant at  Workforce Advisory, Lee Hecht Harrison.

Charlotte Sollberger

Former President of oikos St. Gallen and student of Bachelor in Business and Administration at the University of St. Gallen. A strong believer in the value and potential of student engagement in developing sustainable solutions and having a positive impact on this society.


The PIR is formally organized as an independent, not-for-profit Association under Swiss law. 

Please find the statutes here. 


Katrin Muff,Ph.D.

Director at the Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, and Professor of Practice, Luiss Business School, Rome

Supervisory Board

Thomas Dyllick


Director at the Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, and Professor emeritus in Sustainability Management, University of St.Gallen.

Carlo Giardinetti


Dean of Executive Education at Franklin University Switzerland and Instructor at Harvard Extension School

Léo Gilliard

Endorser Representative

Manager higher education and research institutions relations at WWF Switzerland

Mathias Falkenstein


Founding Partner of XOLAS, Higher Education Management Consultancy, Berlin

Clementine Robert

Student Org. Representative

President of oikos International based in St.Gallen, Switzerland 

Ruth Mhlanga

Endorser Representative

Private Sector Policy Advisor, Oxfam, Great Britian

Advisory Board

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland

Jonas Haertle

Strategic Alliance Manager, Viva Idea, Costa Rica

Lianna Mora Vargas

CEO Global Business School Network (GBSN)

Dan LeClair

Executive Director, UN Global Compact Switzerland, Zürich Switzerland

Antonio Hautle

Associated Consultant, FehrAdvice, Zürich, Switzerland

Robin Schimmelpfennig

Please find a full list of members here.

Initiators, endorsers, supporters, partners and funders

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