Who we are
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 VIVA Idea and The Institute for Business Sustainability (IBS).
It is set up to be led by international student organizations, including oikos, SOS, AIESEC International and others, to ensure that the PIR captures the student voice in each school.
The Positive Impact Rating aims to foster collaboration, inspire deep change and remove the competition and pressure of a traditional rating.
Katrin Muff, President, Positive Impact Rating Association
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.
Positive Impact Rating is grateful for the support of VIVA Idea, one of the funders. VIVA Idea is a think action tank working on sustainability challenges in Latin America through research, capacity building and knowledge management.
VIVA Idea works in four impact areas: Sustainability and Social Progress, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investment and Collective Action. VIVAIdea promotes methodologies and tools that trigger processes of change, and that lead to concrete improvements that positively impact the world.
VIVA Idea, together with the other initiators, believes in the potential of the PIR to change the paradigm of business schools globally.
PIR Managing Director, engaged in the strategic development and implementation of the Positive Impact Rating. Nikolay manages the entire programmatic work and operations of the PIR, liaising with affiliated business schools, the PIR Association, partner student organisations and other key stakeholders.
THE POSITIVE IMPACT RATING ASSOCIATION
The PIR is formally organized as an independent, not-for-profit Association under Swiss law.
Please find the statutes here.
Director at the Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, and Professor of Practice, Luiss Business School, Rome
Chair of Supervisory Board
Professor at Luiss Business School, Rome, & Founding Partner of XOLAS
Sustainability Lead Consulting, Deloitte Switzerland
Policy Advisor, Research Education, and Innovation, WWF Switzerland
Director at the Institute for Business Sustainability, Lucerne, and Professor emeritus in Sustainability Management, University of St.Gallen
Student Org. Representative
President of oikos International, Switzerland
Head of Private Sector Engagement Team, Oxfam, United Kingdom
Special Assistant to the Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland
Professor at INCAE Business School, Chair Sustainability VIVA Idea Schmidheiny, Co-Director VIVA Idea, Costa Rica
CEO Global Business School Network (GBSN)
Founder and CEO, Sulitest,
Executive Director, UN Global Compact Switzerland, Zürich Switzerland
Associated Consultant, FehrAdvice, Zürich, Switzerland
President, Yorkville University,
Project Manager, Curriculum Development, University of St.Gallen,
Please find a full list of members here.
Conflict of Interest
No member of the PIR Management, Supervisory Board, Advisory Board or other Member of the PIR Association who exercise any functions or responsibilities in the operation or review of the Positive Impact Rating, shall participate in any decision relating directly to their Business School, organisation, or his or her personal interest, or shall have any personal or pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, from their role in the PIR Association.
All members of the PIR Association disclose potential conflicts so that they can be appropriately managed.
The current members declare the following conflicts of interest and do not make decisions on matters affecting their business schools:
Katrin Muff: LUISS Business School, Maastricht University
Mathias Falkenstein: LUISS Business School
Urs Jager: INCAE Business School
For any enquiries about conflict of interest, please contact John Watt (PIR Manager) at john.watt[at]positiveimpactrating.org.