oikos St. Gallen
Founded by HSG students, oikos St. Gallen has promoted sustainability at HSG and beyond since 1987. It plays an active role at the University by encouraging the integration of sustainability into business and economics courses as well as by promoting a sustainable campus. It has also expanded its activities with initiatives in the fields of investment and entrepreneurship. Students who support oikos during their studies continue to do so after graduation by joining the oikos St.Gallen alumni network, which currently comprises 600 members.
At the moment, oikos is proud of its 145 members of which 35% are active. In 2015/2016, oikos St.Gallen successfully organised and supported nine specific projects, 20 public events that drew over 1200 participants and extended its partnership network to around 100 companies and NGOs. The oikos projects include Sustainable University, oikos Conference, EcoMap, Model WTO, oikos&Pizza, Social Entrepreneurship, the Sustainability Thesis Award and Internship, Sustainable Investment and Un-Dress. All oikos initiatives belong to one of four streams: generating knowledge, creating action learning experience, creating impact at the University of St.Gallen and encouraging and promoting sustainability in research and teaching.
oikos International grew out of oikos St. Gallen in 1997. It is located at HSG and coordinates 45 oikos chapters across four continents. More than 1000 members organise 200 activities per year, amongst which are the oikos FutureLab, oikos LEAP and the oikos Spring Meeting. Besides developing a global sustainability community, oikos also presents academic events such as the international Young Scholar Academies, the PhD Fellowship Programme, oikos Case Study Competitions and more.