SDG 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." (SDG 4) HSG Achievements -Institutes: Economy & the Environment, Business Ethics, Leadership & Values in Society -University Delegate for Responsibility & Sustainability (R&S) -Integrative assessment year for all students -Integration of R&S into core courses of the BA in Business Administration -4 out of 13 pre-experience MA programs integrate R&S into their core -More than 100 elective courses offered in the R& S field (mainly in Contextual Studies) -2 post-experience Diploma Programs (out of 10) dedicated fully to R&S -2 post-experience Master Programs (out of 8) integrate elements of R&S into their curriculum -Many active student organizations: oikos, oikos International, Student Impact, Social Business Club, PIECES, IGNITE etc. HSG Goals -Integrate R&S into all programs -Define fitting learning outcomes and pedagogies -Evaluate the integration of R&S into program descriptions and outcome assessments as part of the Assurance of Learning process (AACSB) INTERVIEW WITH ANDREAS BISIG, STUDENT AT HSG The fourth UN Sustainable Development Goal focuses on the quality of education. HSG student Andreas Bisig talks about the role of sustainability and responsibility in his business education: Why did you choose to study at St.Gallen? In business, you often encounter the classical view that maximizing profits is the only goal that companies have to pursue in order to be successful. Is that really true? I chose the University of St.Gallen so that I could better understand how companies can make a positive contribution towards solving societal problems, whilst being economically successful at the same time. HSG offers me the opportunity to examine such sustainability challenges in my master’s degree and my contextual studies. I want to contribute to a more sustainable economy in my professional life. How did your education at HSG shape your understanding of the economy? When I first started at HSG, I understood the economy and ecology as being in opposition to one another. In the course of my studies, however, I have realised that responsibility for social challenges must be an integral part of the economy. I believe that the challenges surrounding global sustainability can only be resolved if companies make their contribution, and it is up to business leaders to take on this corporate responsibility. Which topics have you dealt with, specifically? Responsibility and sustainability as topics are widely disseminated at HSG. For example, I have engaged with the question of what moral rights animals should have in our society. One topic in the field of sustainability management was the question of what sets true corporate sustainability apart from mere “greenwashing”. The idea of sustainability was also reflected in my Bachelor’s Thesis: I researched whether the promotion of electromobility in Norway could be a model for Switzerland. In my Master’s Thesis, I will again deal with a topic from this area: For example, I would find it exciting to see to what extent brands can act as the drivers of sustainability.