Assessing sustainability knowledge of our students / First results from Sulitest

Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons

In September, 1st year Master students took part to the Sulitest as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility course. The Sulitest provides global and locally relevant tools assessing the general knowledge of a wide range of stakeholders, including universities and organizations, in terms of Sustainable Literacy (Su Li test). It is designed to improve sustainable literacy and raise awareness and understanding of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The purpose of this first test was threefold: providing students with a view on their level of knowledge regarding sustainability, providing an additional learning opportunity and showing areas of success and for improvement. Although at that stage students had not followed advanced sessions on sustainability or CSR yet, we can already see that LSM students have overall slightly higher scores than the rest of the world. Indeed, they scored 59% in the core international module compared to an average of 58% worldwide, while obtaining 43% of good answers to the SDG Framework Module (which is similar to Belgium’s benchmark). These encouraging results show the interest LSM students grant to sustainability-related topics.

One of their core purpose throughout the course and their curriculum is to further increase students’ understanding of their role to play as future responsible leaders. This is why they will take the test a second time at the end of the course, in order to assess how their knowledge has evolved after following the course’s sessions and working in teams on a case study related to B Corp.

The Sulitest, totalling almost 160.000 candidates since its launch, is provided by the Sulitest Organization, a non-profit organization financially and morally supported by 40 institutions and international networks, like the UN, universities, etc. Among all participating organizations worldwide, the Louvain School of Management ranked in the top 5 in terms of number of participants in 2019-2020, with more than 1.300 tests passed.

Published on November 13, 2020