Antwerp Management School is the autonomous business school of the University of Antwerp, and was founded in 1959 as IPO (Instituut voor Postuniversitair Onderwijs), at that time the most prestigious school for management education. The institute had a major impact on the development of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium and beyond by delivering top managers in large companies and organizations. Antwerp Management School is an international business school that helps its customers in creating sustainable value by cultivating talent to become Global Citizens, mastering the art of making decisions and leading people. To accomplish this mission, Antwerp Management School delivers “state-of-the-art” management knowledge, anchored in a business and organizational context. This is the fundamental basis on which we put three value pillars that we believe are needed to become Global Citizens: SELFAWARENESS, performing in a team implies an objective view on one’s own strength. In all our programs leadership and personal development is built-in, and strengthened each year, GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, cultural diversity and a global mindset are built. Intensified recruitment via deals with universities abroad and SOCIETAL CONSCIOUSNESS, besides profit, values such as sustainability and societal contributions should be ingrained
The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.
13. Climate action
By signing the COP21 engagement letter, we commit to take voluntary action to reduce environmental and carbon footprints. We implement this by setting targets to reduce our current own GHG emissions and/or energy consumption, while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels. We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raise public awareness. We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.
4. Quality education
Several elements underpin the commitment of Antwerp Management School (AMS) to sustainability and its role as one of our key strategic objectives. First and foremost, it is strongly anchored in the mission of our school. The Mission Statement of Antwerp Management School is as follows: “Antwerp Management School is an international business school preparing future managers and leaders for key roles in the global business community. We help our customers in creating sustainable value by cultivating talent to become Global Citizens, mastering the art of making decisions and leading people.” As the Mission states, Antwerp Management School aims to prepare future managers for key roles in the global business community and passionately promotes responsible management, entrepreneurship, sustainability, leadership and professionalism. We have been a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education since 2012. Over the past 4 years the school has had several intitiatives and research projects in this area and now we aim to consolidate this continual evolution and positive momentum created, in the years ahead by furthering curriculum development in the various degree programs, as well as strengthening the development of faculty and our research and teaching partnerships. As a first step in this process, we will be creating a comprehensive policy with objectives and performance indicators focused on the standards that we are committed to: PRME, UNG Global Compact, Sustainable Development Goals, as well as our campus management design and activities as we prepare to move into a new building. It is our ambition over the next few years to consolidate our spectrum of initiatives and guiding principles into a comprehensive strategy, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a wider framework of reference, as a fundamental part of our overall core business strategy for education and research. In June 2016, we took a first step in this direction with an organization-wide workshop, in which all staff was introduced to PRME and the Sustainable Development Goals, followed by an interactive workshop. Within the SDG number 4 ’Quality Education’; we concentrated on 5 key areas that we considered as being the most relevant to us: - Vision/mission & guiding principles - Internal management (campus management) - Education & curricula development - Research - Community involvement and dialogue Current initiatives were mapped providing a baseline assessment, in combination with a CSR Scan that we carried out earlier in 2016, and challenges within each of the 5 key areas were identified. The workshop participants provided us with excellent feedback for the further development of our PRME strategy and setting annual and long-term objectives that we can measure and report on. Out of this workshop, a cross-company working group will be established to take this further, and to ensure that all AMS divisions are involved.