Ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) are at the core of the School’s mission and strategy, and are reflected in all aspects of its activities.
- LSM is deeply committed to integrating ethics, social responsibility and sustainability in all its activities. This is a core value which we live, teach and promote, with a very much research-based approach, aiming to drive change in academia, the corporate world, and society.
- The School participates actively in UCLouvain’s strategy to live the principles of CSR and sustainability in the RIO+20 pledge. LSM also continues to implement the UN-inspired Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and report on progress every 2 years. We were part of the launch in November 2017 of the France-Benelux PRME Chapter. We also led Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Barometer for Belgium studies.
- In 2017 we launched the Philippe de Woot Major in Corporate Sustainable Management (brochure and video), a multidisciplinary option of 6 courses in our MMS and MBE programmes. It is named in honour of LSM Professor Philippe de Woot, who during 40 years at the School was a precursor of today’s commitment to CSR among the best enterprises and management educators. The major has been very popular in its first 2 editions, including among international students.
- ERS issues are at the heart of much of our faculty members’ R&D work and of many LSM PhD and master’s theses. We are seeking even more resources for teaching, research, partnerships, and service in this area through fundraising for the new multi-company Philippe de Woot Chair in Corporate Sustainable Management. Spadel and Solvay committed support in early 2019.
- We debuted a MOOC on CSR Communication, in English and with a multi-industry case structure, in 2016. On average over 3000 participants from 130 different countries have registered for each of its 5 editions to-date. A French-language version launched in 2017.
- Through the inter-university Philippe De Woot Award with related corporate partnerships and events, UCLouvain continues work with other universities “to reinforce cooperation between the corporate and the academic world in the CSR field, to enhance an inter-university approach on these matters, and to raise this undertaking to an international level.”
- The annual LSM Cup, initiated and organized by a student enterprise, continues growing as the biggest CSR business game in Europe. One example of active involvement by the School’s students and faculty in socially positive initiatives also outside the classroom. Among other student-led initiatives, Academics for Development does entrepreneurship projects with social impact, and our students are regularly awarded for or involved into CSR projects (HERA Awards, LSM Conseil can help you become a B Corp, Successful "B Corp Live Experience”, Sulitest to enhance Sustainable Literacy).