Cracow University of Economics and Business (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie)
Represented at PRME by Assoc. Professor Wojciech Zysk and Ph.D. Monika Sady
Activities in the field of sustainability and social responsibility result from taking formal and informal actions at the Cracow University of Economics (CUE), that go beyond the statutory tasks of the university. These activities contribute to greater comfort of work and study, as well as better cooperation with the academy’s wider environment. As a result, the university becomes a special place in the respect of social responsibility and embodies practical realization of sustainability ideas. Thus - can be a model for other organizations. Below a few of the initiatives and strategies implemented at CUE.
I. Taskforce for University Social and Ecological Development Within Cracow University of Economics there exist so called “Taskforce for Social and Environmental Development” (TSED). The appointment of the TSED in 2020 was an expression of the growing importance of sustainable development scopes at the University.
The main goal of this special body is a systematization of activities in the field of social responsibility and sustainable development undertaken by CUE. The team organized around TSED is responsible for initiating, supporting, organizing, mapping, as well as communicating socially responsible activities and representing CUE in various institutions and organizations. The team's task is also openness to the entire community of the university, its ideas, needs and expectations. The taskforce also creates a database of indicators for social and environmental reporting and conducts extensive research to properly be able to create the sustainable development strategy for CUE. The taskforce is also responsible for active particiation in PRME and UN Global Compact.
“We believe that every little action contributes to creating a better space and a friendlier atmosphere at our university. When looking for new solutions, we use the knowledge and experience of our employees, whose expertise allows us to create better quality.”
II. Social Responsibility Report
"In search of university excellence" is a collection of many years of activities of the Cracow University of Economics and long-term activities contributing to the sustainable development of the University. You can find the report here.
The report includes activities aimed at employees, students, doctoral students, graduates, candidates for studies, the business and social environment, as well as activities aimed at natural ecosystem protection and popularization of the CSR idea.
The report also contains information about the university itself. CUE signed the Diversity Charter (an international initiative of the European Commission for the promotion and dissemination of the policy of equal treatment and diversity management in the workplace, coordinated in Poland by the Responsible Business Forum) and the University's Declaration of Social Responsibility (established by the Working Group for Education and Popularization of CSR, which is a subgroup of the Team for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, which is an auxiliary body of the Ministry of Development and Finance; the Declaration contains 12 points that refer to the principles and constitute obligations conditioning the university's social responsibility). The University also obtained the HR Excellence in Research award, which is awarded by the European Commission to institutions that effectively implement a strategy for creating optimal working conditions and career development for researchers (The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers). The strategy is based on 40 principles contained in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.
The report also distinguishes a number of areas of socially responsible activities at the university. It also presents the concrete initiatives taken by CUE in the appointed fields. Below a few of the areas covered on the Report.
- improving communication and knowledge sharing
- developing open and direct communication
- nurturing friendly relations with employees and students
- support for various career paths of employees
- supporting a culture of continuous improvement of competences
- promoting cooperation between employees and university units
- diagnosing and changing harmful or burdensome procedures
- transformation and friendly arrangement of the Campus space
- involving students in the processes taking place at the university
- adaptation of teaching practice to the expectations of young generations
- taking into account diversity in didactic and educational work
- building pro-health awareness
- changing habits and procedures to favor health and physical activity
- organization of events promoting a healthy lifestyle
- material help for people and organizations in need
- coordination of employee and student volunteering
Sensitivity to social responsibility of other entities:
- organizing training courses on social responsibility and sustainabiilty
- taking into account social responsibility when selecting contractors
- exchange of experiences with socially engaged entrepreneurs
Dissemination of knowledge and skills:
- exploration of previously unknown methods of work organization
- studying the interrelationships between the environment, humans, science and technology
- supporting business initiatives of students and graduates
Building a culture of sharing and a collaborative economy:
- consultancy for non-governmental organizations
- making university resources available to city residents
- conducting open forms of education and popularizing science
- organization of events integrating local communities
- support for local organizations:
- developing the practice of sharing resources on one's own example
- enriching educational programs with natural environment and ecosystems protection issues
- rationalizing the management of material resources, energy and waste
- maintenance and development of natural resources within the campus
- organization and participation in local ecological events
- cooperation with schools in the pro-ecological education of young people Monitoring and reducing environmental impact:
- implementation of pro-ecological projects for local communities,
- adaptation of buildings in terms of environmental protection, including systems for the - production of electricity from renewable sources,
- increasing green areas on CUE and planting plants that absorb pollutants,
- creation and implementation of a recycling program at the university,
- creation of a unit supporting environmental projects, in particular student projects
Intellectual, physical and cultural development
III. Accessibility for people with disabilities
The university implements the PO WER project (financed by the European Social Fund) - CUE AVAILABLE TO ALL. As part of the project, activities related to the modification of the university's organizational structure, changes in architecture to increase accessibility, extension of the scope of technological support, modification and extension of procedures supporting accessibility, modification and extension of the scope of educational support, implementation of training activities increasing the awareness of disability and appointment of a center for the CUE accessibility improvement.
IV. Green University. The concept of implementing ecological ideas at the University of Economics in Krakow
In 2020, a strategic document - Green University - was created, containing a detailed list planned of activities for five groups of issues:
- Campus friendly to employees and students,
- Adaptation of buildings in terms of environmental protection, including systems for the production of electricity from renewable sources,
- Increasing green areas on CUE and planting plants that absorb pollutants,
- Creation and implementation of a recycling program at the university,
- Creation of a unit supporting environmental projects, in particular student projects.
University of Rzeszów (Uniwersytet Rzeszowski)
Represented at Polish Chapter PRME by professor Joanna Kostecka
For the recent 20 years there have been realized at the University of Rzeszów activities aimed at implementing and consolidating the principles of sustainable development among colleagues, employees, doctoral students and students.
Actions realized in the Department of the Basis of Agriculture And Wase Management (Institite of Agricultural Sciences, Land Management and Environmental Protection)
I. The specificity of the research work carried out at the Department of the Basis of Agriculture And Wase Management has inspired the Institute's team members to create an "Eco-office" ("Ecobureau" or „Ekobiuro” in Polish). The conducted didactic activity additionally motivates to various pro-environmental solutions. Each year the Institute propagates them more and more widely to be able to enjoy the environment rich and biologically diverse. It is important to awaken pro-environmental awareness and social participation! How it works in more details? See below:
1. Earthworm ecological boxes
Research related to vermicomposting of organic waste has been conducted at the Institite of Agricultural Sciences, Land Management and Environmental Protection for many years using two species of earthworms Eisenia fetida (Sav.) and Dendrobaena veneta Rosa for this purpose.
In these studies, simple plastic or wooden containers are used, the size of which depends on the amount of waste that will be vermicomposted. The boxes are also found in office spaces. The method used in "Ecobureau" can be used to dispose of organic waste (which is still often thoughtlessly thrown in the trash) at the place where it is generated; not only at the university but also in offices, schools or at home. A dense population of earthworms makes it possible to process organic waste produced by university staff and students: food scraps, paper, dead plants and their parts, and much more.
2.Spring maintenance of potted plants is done with vermicompost
- fertilizing flowers with vermicompost obtained from earthworm culture.
- flowers decorate exercise rooms, laboratories and eco-offices of the University of Rzeszow
3. Saving of paper
4. Collecting used toners for photocopiers and printers in order to refill them
5. Segregation of waste
With the help of students, the Eco-office team made containers for segregation and collection of recyclable materials.
5.pro-environmental lifestyle in everyday life:
- using public transport.
- covering shorter distances on foot, we use bicycles instead of cars.
- getting into groups to commute to work.
And so many other; among it very delicious ones (:
The Ecobureau team underlines: "We use microfiber cloths to clean monitors and computers. We use eco-friendly laundry for lab coats. We group order food from local suppliers (following the food-miles principle) or with fair trade (fair trade) logos."
"We also organize meetings where we exchange books and magazines thus saving paper. We use the newspapers we read to prepare herbariums (drying plants which serve as teaching aids during classes)".
Employees of the University of Rzeszów make traditional, regional preserves in their free time "We pass our recipes on to each other and share the harvest from our own crops, which promotes a healthy eating style" - says the Ekobureau team.
II. Department of the basis of agriculture and wase management employees participate in sustainability education activities both nationally and in Europe. Among the initiatives organized by the Departement's team there can be mentioned:
1.Sixteen University Educational Workshops for sustainable development for high school students in Podkarpacie region were organized, which took place between 2000 and 2016. About 300 high school students participated in the workshops every year.
2. Educational activities: biological-ecological competition
3. Cyclical meetings of students and members of the southeastern branch of the polish ecological engineering society
4. Student scientific circle "sustainable development
5. Other initiatives for sustainable development in our eco-offices
SUMMARY: The implementation of the "sustainability tasks" undertaken at the University of Rzeszów is aimed particularly at organizing a pro-environmental style of work and life (ecological boxes in the office rooms, use of created vermicompost, saving paper, refilling of used toners, waste segregation, charity actions, environmentally friendly lifestyle on a daily basis and educational activities).
Organizations and eco-office management also support the results of ongoing research relevant to innovation in sustainable waste management. Research and solution of current problems lead to promotion of environmentally friendly lifestyles of various age groups in Polish society.
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie)
Represented at Polish Chapter PRME by Assoc. Professor Renata Marks-Bielska
There are a few initiatives realized at the University Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.
I. One of them deserving a special attention is the cooperation with the company JANPOL Technologie, in the field of environmental education with the use of a mobile RES platform (patented by the company).
The company Janpol Technologie Sp. z o.o., apart from pyrolytic installations, is also involved in installing independent systems for generation of energy from renewable sources (e.g. solar collectors to heat water for household purposes, and photovoltaic panels). Janpol Technologie Sp. z o.o. makes a contribution to the development and dissemination of innovative technologies, but it also raises ecological awareness in society.
According to the company’s president, it is advisable to start and awake ecological awareness at the earliest possible level of education. The early pre-school years seem particularly appropriate for shaping new, eco-friendly attitudes and habits, as this is aided by the natural sensitivity and curiosity of young children towards the surrounding world, as well as their willingness to learn and act. The most challenging, but at the same time the most important task in ecological education is to break stereotypes and to change habits among children, adolescents and adults.
The most effective methods in education are active teaching strategies, which stimulate children’s imagination and encourage them to act. Forms of ecological education and formation, connected with school education but carried out outside school buildings, are worth attention. Examples include shows and talks addressed to children and teenagers at different levels in the education system prepared by the company Janpol and given with the help of a nationwide unique mobile Educational RES Platform.
The inventor of this device (a set of equipment) is the company’s president, Mr Jan Falkowski, who patented his invention. The patent’s author had assembled different types of energy generating devices (a flat solar collector, a photovoltaic panel, an air source heat pump, a wind turbine and peripheral equipment) and created one, coherent system, which can be used to showcase how renewable energy sources work.
The educational events, organised under the umbrella of the Promyk Energii Foundation (Ray of Energy Foundation), which are dedicated to the issues of RES and conducted by the Janpol Technologie Sp. z o.o. staff members, are attended by employees of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.
II. Very important set of initiatives organized by the University Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn within the scopes of the sustainable development are the educational programmes aimed at schoolchildren.
Academics from UWM conduct a highly popular series of lectures addressed to children and teenagers called “Let’s discover renewable Energy sources”. The lectures were held during the Olsztyn Days of Science, an annual feature in the calendar of scientific events at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. Apart from the theoretical part and workshops, the participants were able to find out about the practical applications of the RES Educational Platform.
Initiatives like the ones mentioned above are extremely important as they help to improve ecological awareness and shape pro-ecological attitutes in the general public, which is one of the key factors that can positively affect the current and future condition of natural resources (including air, water, soil, biodiversity), functions of ecosystems (such as forests, water bodies, mountains, farmland, etc.) and the quality of the environment in which we live (following such issues as waste management, Energy efficiency, adaptation to the ongoing climate change, mitigation measures, development of low-emission Energy sources.
Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny we Wrocławiu)
Represented at PRME by Professor Bożena Ryszawska
Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (WUEB) realizes numerous actions and initiatives within the SD goals.
I. WUEB is one of the first Polish Universities which became the institutional member of PRME. Its recent PRME Special Report (Principles for Responsible Management Education “Sharing Information on Progress Report” involving the information on the tasks realized in the academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20) is worth the special attention. The full text of the Report You will find uploaded in the “Resources”.
II. It is also worth to highlight the activities of the Green Team: Centre of Sustainable Development (WUEB).
Here below short overview of the Green Team’s history and its main operations.
1. The Green Team owas established as a Rector's Committee for Social Responsibility on 1.11.2017. The aim of the team is to develop an EU social responsibility strategy in cooperation with all university stakeholders, conduct surveys, organize meetings with representatives of business, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, prepare a Code of Ethics, and introduce the Diversity Charter.
2. On the initiative of the Rector's Committee for Social Responsibility (Green Team), on November 16, 2017, on behalf of the University of Economics, prof. Edmund Cibis, Vice-Rector for Didactics, signed the University's Declaration of Social Responsibility. The ceremony took place in Warsaw during the conference entitled Social Responsibility of Science - challenges for the academic and business community. In total, 22 representatives of the scientific community signed a declaration with us.
3. On March 15, 2018 at 12.00, the university signed an agreement with the leader of the Climate Reality Project regarding the transition to renewable energy on the campus until 2030. The initiator of the project is the Green Team Rector's Commission for Social Responsibility. The University of Economics in Wrocław is the first university in Poland to cooperate with the Climate Reality Project. The founder and patron of this organization is the Nobel laureate, former vice president of the United States Al Gore. As part of the 100% Committed campaign, the organization cooperates with local governments, universities and business around the world initiating and supporting a green energy transformation (https://www.climaterealityproject.org/initiative/100-committed.)
4. Green Team and the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce organized the
climate workshops "On the way to the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice. Climate negotiations in practice” November 21. The Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce together with the Consulate General of Germany in Wrocław and in cooperation with the BoMiasto Association, the Climate Coalition Agreement, the Institute of Territorial Development, the Rector's Commission for Social Responsibility (Green Team) of the University of Economics in Wrocław and the Ecological Association EKO-UNIA invite We cordially invite you to the workshop in the form of a negotiation game prepared by experts, during which the guests of the meeting will play the roles of Climate Summit participants and take part in simulated sessions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by half in a specified time.
5.Green Days 2019 University of Economics for the Planet and Future Generations, 16-17.04.2019.
During the meetings, prof. Bożena Ryszawska told What is our responsibility towards the planet and future generations? Then prof. Dorota Teneta-Skwiercz presented the results of the research entitled What do students of UE Wrocław think about the pro-environmental commitment of their University, and prof. Karol Kociszewski spoke about the educational offer of the University of Economics in Wrocław in the area of sustainable development, CSR and green economy. In the afternoon, there was a vegetarian cooking workshop entitled Food for Planet. Zero waste prepared by the employees of Bistro Kamienna (at CKU).Enactus UE students invited to a discussion on a healthy lifestyle in the context - fashion or necessity, in the form of an Oxford debate, the aim of which is to present the thesis, which the opponents of the thesis and its defenders try to prove by the strength of arguments.
6. Energy on the roofs (September 2019)
University of Economics, Youth Climate Strike and Wrocław Solar Power Plant - together for energy transformation - 30 people. The Youth Climate Strike invites you to an open meeting with representatives of the Wrocław Solar Power Plant and members of the "Green Team" of the University of Economics, who will talk about the Polish energy transformation, the development of renewable energy in Poland and the role of society in shaping the strategy of activities at the local level, on the way to achieving complete independence against the consumption of fossil fuels.
During the meeting, we will learn about the history of the establishment of the Wrocław Solar Power Plant, which is a model model of not only switching to renewable energy sources, but also a great example of local community participation in the entire process of designing and implementing this investment. Program of the meeting: • "Green Team" of the University of Economics prof. Bożena Ryszawska and prof. Piotr Szymański - Energy transformation and transformation of civil society, • presentation of the project of the Wrocław Solar Power Plant - Marek Dera, Vice-President of the Management Board of SM Wrocław-Południe.
7. Multistakeholder panel during the Finance and Sustainability international Conference 2019 "Co-creation and Scalings in urban energy transition - case of Wroclaw".
Green Team organized a panel during the Finance and Sustainability Conference. The panel was titled "Co-creation and Scalings in urban energy transition - case of Wroclaw" and was conducted by Piotr Szymański, Magdalena Rozwadowska, Bożena Ryszawska. The panel consisted of scientists, researchers, citizens of Wroclaw and Finance and Sustainability conference participants. The main axis of the discussion were: how co-creation practices are carried on in projects in the field of Urban Energy, how to scale up co-creation, how to integrate society around energy transition, how to scale projects in the field of Urban Energy
8. Workshop about the sustainability co-creation of universities with students of Public Finance course, January 2020, 20 students. The Green Team conducted intervention that concerned the co-creation on universities. Intervention was held as a workshop with students of Public Finance course. The meeting began with the presentation of the Scaling project, an introduction to co-creation and to the principles of sustainable development. The students debated how they would like to co-create at the university and what conditions are supporting student engagement. The group also indicated elements that in their opinion hindered co-creation at University of Economics in Wroclaw.
9. The School Climate Conference, March 6th, 2020
Students of upper secondary schools together with guardians (teachers) - 300 people were the main target group of the Conference. The undertaking had the patronage of the President of Wrocław Jacek Sutryk and the Eco Development Foundation. The event was organized in the form of lectures and debates. The experts familiarized the youth of Wrocław (and its teachers) with the extremely important issue of climate change allowing the public debate on the individual participation in solving global issues. Dr. hab. Bożena Ryszawska "Green transformation of the economy - economic aspects of the struggle for the natural environment" debate on "Individual changes and system changes" with the participation of our speakers, from the Eco-Development Foundation and the audience.
10. Green Days 2020, University of Economics for the Planet and Future Generations (April 2020).
Green World, Green Work Fair 2020 - Sustainable development of companies during a pandemic, How the Pandemic will affect the policy of sustainable development of companies - Green Team webinar in collaboration with the Business Cooperation Center. Due to the epidemiological threat and cancellation of all events at the university in stationary form was conducted on-line. Never before has the job fair been based on the principles of green development. It should be considered a success of the Green Team. This is another step towards implementing in the University of Economics principles of sustainable development.
11. Green Team has been transformed into the Center for Sustainable Development in December 2020
Poznań University of Economics and Business (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu)
Represented at PRME by Assoc.Prof. Paweł Mielcarek
Poznan University of Economics and Business signed the declaration to join PRME in July 2012 as one of the first Polish universities to do it. UEP implements activities related to the social responsibility of the university.
I.The idea of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of a university is understood as voluntarily accepted commitments towards internal and external stakeholders. These commitments are a consequence of respecting the standards and rules of social responsibility of organizations popularized in the international environment, in particular the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the ISO 26000 standard. According to the ISO 26000 standard, the idea of social responsibility refers to all types of organizations and is understood as the responsibility for the impact that activities performed within the framework of the organization have on the external environment.
Through transparent and ethical activities, a socially responsible organization contributes to sustainable development, including the health and welfare of socjety. It takes into account the expectations of stakeholders (individuals or groups who are interested in the decisions or actions of the organization);
Socially responsible activities carried out at Poznań University of Economics and Business are in accordance with the applicable law and consistent with international standards of conduct and integrated with the strategic objectives of the organization. Adoption of the programme of social responsibility of the university is the response to social expectations concerning the positive implementation of the mission ascribed to the university - public service
II. The Declaration of Social Responsibility (Deklaracja Społecznej Odpowiedzialności Uczelni, SOU) of the Poznań University of Economics and Business refers to the following assumptions:
1.The SOU programme is a voluntary commitment of the university towards internal and external stakeholders;
2. Fulfilling the requirements of SOU should be closely connected with research, educational, organisational and administrative activities undertaken at all levels of administrative units;
3. Social obligations are primarily the responsibility of the rectors and deans, but they also apply to all members of the university community.
The assumption of the SOU program implemented at the Poznań University of Economics and Business (UEP) is to undertake and support activities aimed at realizing the traditionally understood mission of the university referring to the academic ethos. At the same time, this programme should not be treated as an imposed duty - the subjective treatment of members of the university community and the principle of voluntary commitments requires actions aimed at changing the awareness of the academic community as regards the understanding of the idea of social responsibility and shaping the attitude of social involvement. Thus, the aim of these activities is to assimilate the values of responsibility, authentic commitment and consolidation around common goals.
To build the reputation of UEP as a university offering not only high quality education, but also contributing to social development through significant results of reliably conducted scientific research, educating scientific staff capable of competing in their research with representatives of leading scientific centers in the country, Europe and the world.
Strengthening the value of UEP as a university engaging in voluntary activities for the social environment, the university promoting employee volunteering, the university supporting social involvement of students, the university initiating and promoting all forms of social assistance addressed to individuals and organizations, the university taking care of the natural environment.
Integrating the academic community (teaching staff, students and graduates, administrative staff and the university authorities) around the shared values and goals. In particular, it is about recalling the idea of the university traditionally understood as a community of teachers and students focused on the pursuit of personal development determined by the growth of intellectual and social competence.
Achieving the set goals requires taking actions in the area of
a)Internal social environment (students and graduates, employees and university authorities)
b)External social environment
III. One of the examples referring to the implementation of CSR in the daily tasks of students, doctoral students, employees and authorities are the codes of good conduct observed at UEP.
Good manners at UEP mean among others:
1. Working and studying at Poznań University of Economics and Business
obliges employees and students to maintain the highest standards of social coexistence.
2. Employees and students represent the University both inside and outside its walls - therefore we should remember how to behave in order to represent it with dignity.
3. Their attitude should be characterized by kindness and openness in approach to another person.
4. Respect is a priceless value. Every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. No one should be insulted or discriminated against in any form - written, oral or non-verbal.
5. It is the University’s and its academic environment duty to care for the beauty of the mother tongue and the culture of speech.
6. Improper behawior should be reacted to.
7. Lying and cheating is not worthy of the dignity of people associated with UEP.
8. High standards of behavior with our knowledge and personal culture should be confirmed.
Further details for each principle are included in the 2020 report. https://ue.poznan.pl/data/upload/articles_download/25890/20200724/PRME%202020.pdf
PRME reports from earlier years can be found here: