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Influencing tomorrow’s decision-makers: catch them early

The University of Economics in Bratislava

The University of Economics in Bratislava
Corporate Social Responsibility in a Slovak enterprise
A thesis compares the quality of one company’s ethical programme with other enterprises in comparable industries. Using the methodology of the Global Reporting Indicators, the author attempts to verify whether the enterprise is applying the principles in its real operations. A particularly valuable chapter evaluates the company’s responsible behaviour with respect to the environment.

The University of Economics in Bratislava (UEBA) explores the tasks facing higher education institutions today. They turn out highly-qualified professionals for policy and decision-making positions within political, economic and business structures of society. In short, they educate people who decide on institutional, local, regional, and global levels.

Established in 1940, UEBA is one of the most important educational and scientific research institutions in the Slovak Republic. It provides higher education in economics, business, and management at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in line with the Bologna Process.

Its students will one day resolve questions over investment in technologies preventing environmental harm. They will be the ones developing rules and incentives to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviour. They will the ones influencing how the world reacts to present and future society’s needs and challenges, including threats deriving from climate change.

To best prepare them, UEBA builds its strategies, policies, education, research and other activities along values aligned to concern for sustainable development, social responsibility and, more widely, ethical thinking and behaviour.

The overarching aim of the Bologna Process is to create a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) based on international cooperation and academic exchange.

Signed in the Italian city of Bologna on 19 June 1999 by ministers in charge of higher education from 29 European countries, the Process now unites 47 countries – all party to the European Cultural Convention and committed to the goals of the European Higher Education Area.

Practise what we preach

Study programmes and lectures on issues around social responsibility, sustainable development, environmental safety, general and business ethics are delivered across the disciplines, with many of them covering climate change as a specific topic.

Modules such as Creation and Protection of Environment or Sustainable Development include legislative, natural, technological and economic conditions influencing the creation and protection of environment. In cooperation with businesses, renowned domestic and international professionals deliver lectures and seminars on sustainable development and how it relates to particular courses.

Diploma theses and research projects on environmental issues are becoming more frequent. A member of the UEBA academic staff cooperates in managing an international project performed under the auspices of UNDP, European Commission and UNO. The project task is to develop ISO 26 000 standards for responsible corporate behaviour, environmental safety, responsibility and protection in small and medium enterprises in each of the project member countries, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

The University became a member of Global Compact Initiative in 2008 and applies these principles to its non-academic functions as well. For example, an obsolete boiler house was modernised and replaced with equipment adhering to rigorous ecological criteria.

Attitudes towards society’s challenges are important. We don’t need only clever managers, but also open–minded, wise leaders, professionals who take decisions aware of their social responsibility and with respect for basic humanist and ethical values. This should be the cornerstone of education of future economists and managers. UEBA strives to ground its educational activities in ethics, environment protection, sustainable development and other pressing issues of the contemporary world.

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