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 Mission Possible Foundation.
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 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.