It was developed within the framework of the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative, which advocates responsible management education, and is a part of the UN global project on sustainable development. At the RANEPA, the project is being implemented by the Institute of Business Studies (the IBS, RANEPA) in partnership with leading international business schools of emerging economies Universidad de Colombia School of Management (Colombia), ISAE - Brazilian Business School (Brazil), SPJIMR–Bharatiya Vidaya Bhavan (India) and, since 2021, the University of Monterrey (Mexico).
The Russian module was devoted to the specific of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development of the companies operating in Russia and covered both the theoretical basis and practical side of the issue. Speakers from the companies Uralchem, Uralkali, Severstal, DHL shared their best practices regarding ESG agenda.
Speakers from Uralchem and Uralkali companies highlighted the differences in ESG transformation in the public and private companies. The companies are particularly focused on climate action, sustainable agriculture and supply chain. The project participants did the case «INTEGRATING ESG REQUIREMENTS INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN». The solutions would be considered while updating the companies’ CSR strategy.
Marketing communication manager of DHL company presented their climate-neutral program that they started in 2020. Using biofuel, they plan to become carbon-neutral by 2050. They modernize the fleet, acquire electric planes to provide sustainable express logistic services.
The Head of CSR and brand management department of Severstal plc. argued that the company’s environmental strategy is inseparably connected with innovations and told about the investment projects on ESG agenda implementation.
On the final day of the project the participants presented their solutions on the case “Water – the Currency of 21st century”. The panelists, who assessed the presentations, noted that in spite of the participants’ diversity they have common interest to the sustainability concept and CSR and are ready to put the main principles and practices into practice.
The module was considered by both participants and BSIEM co-organizing partners as successful and fruitful! The IBS students proved themselves as capable international specialists, demonstrating the skills of intercultural communication, project work and possession of relevant knowledge in the field of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
«BSIEM is a project that shows that people around the world are closer than it may seem. Here they are, smiling and sharing smart thoughts and solutions on CSR and sustainability!» - says Anna Kitova, an IBS student.