Here are a few examples that reflect this commitment:
IESE is a member of the United National Global Compact, an initiative to promote corporate responsibility and sustainability in business education. Among the principles of the compact is to engage in research that advances the understanding of the role, dynamics and impact of corporations in furthering social, environmental and economic sustainability.
IESE is also a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, an engagement platform for business schools and management education-related institutions. An organization that signs on to PRME expresses its conviction that academic institutions, through integrating universal values into curriculum and research, can contribute to a more stable and inclusive global market and help build prosperous and thriving societies. IESE has signed the Principles for Responsible Management Education, where it actively participates in the Working Group on "Curriculum Change and the PRME."
Associated Business Schools
IESE is at the core of a network of Associated Business Schools, most located in emerging countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. IESE has helped these schools grow independently so that they may also have a significant positive impact on their local business environments. The main goal of this activity is to contribute toward economic and social development in these regions. In 2010-2011, IESE made important contributions to these schools through direct donations, discounts for participants to executive education programs, scholarships for graduates of Associated Business Schools to the MBA program and the Ph.D. program and faculty development. The total value of all these contributions was roughly 173,000 euros in 2010-2011.
International Faculty Program
In addition, IESE's long- established International Faculty Program helps develop junior faculty at business schools mainly in emerging countries all over the world. This important initiative helps international faculty members develop professionally and personally in the following areas: communication skills, teaching methodologies and course design, career development and institution building.
Women Business Training Program
IESE is a key partner in Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women project in the Philippines. IESE is one of a group of business schools and non-profit organizations committed to providing management education to women in developing countries under the project. Through the initiative, Goldman Sachs supports partnerships with universities and development organizations to provide 10,000 under- privileged women with a business education over five years.
IESE, together with the University of Asia & Pacific, developed the 10,000 Women Business Training Program (BTP), a 150-hour certificate program targeting 150 Philippine women entrepreneurs who want to scale up their existing businesses. In addition to classroom time, BTP participants will benefit from some 50 additional hours of mentoring by local entrepreneurs. As well as providing under- privileged women with practical management skills, 10,000 Women aims to bolster the quality of business education in developing countries through the preparation of local professors and the development of locally relevant case studies.
Reflecting IESE's collaborative spirit, many students, professors and staff members contribute to campus- based activities to help those in need locally and in other countries. An example of this is the launch of a fund by IESE staff members in 2011 to support the Enugu Hospital in Nigeria. The state of Enugu is located in the tropical rain forest belt and has 2.7 million inhabitants. It is an area characterized by major health problems, especially:
The MBA Responsible Business Club also leads a fundraising event to benefit "Fundación Raval," which assists Barcelona's most economically disadvantaged district. It also leads an annual gift- giving campaign for residents in the district.
Many of IESE's graduates go on to create companies with a clear social and sustainable focus. Examples include Jan Willem Bode, the founder of One Carbon, a company that originates carbon credits, and Antonio Molina, founder of Advanced Medical Projects, which is dedicated to developing new drugs to treat cancer, among other health problems.