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Sustainability Days


The Sustainability Day concept was introduced in 2013. The concept consists of three full days with sustainability focus and targets Bachelor’s students. Starting in 2016, the days will be made permanent in all Bachelors’ programs.


The Sustainability Days are based on an idea of progression, where students start with Challenges, a day for all first-year program students focusing on sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives. The students compose a full day conference program by choosing from 30+ seminars hosted by researchers, business representatives and NGOs. Topics inlclude for example; migration challenges, climate change, global energy supply challenges and human rights work. 


In year two, the school arranges Sustainability Day: Responsibility, focusing on responsibility and accountability and problematizing the roles of various actors in a globalized world. This day has so far addressed ethical, social, economic, and environmental aspects related to the consumption and production of clothes. Researchers, NGOs, as well as small and larger enterprises have played an active part in these days. 


The third day is called Solutions and was organized for the first time in February 2016. The Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 (endorsed by all UN members in September 2015) constituted the framework of this day.

The students worked with urban sustainability challenges related to the Agenda 2030 and tried to identify prerequisites for solutions. The work included defining relevant stakeholders, finding root causes, identify possibilities for shared value creation and dealing with wicked problems. Speakers included local and national government representatives involved in Sweden’s implementation of Agenda 2030 and researchers at the school introducing analytical tools and frameworks.




Contact Information

Email: sustainability@handels.gu.se

Page Manager: Johan Davidsson|Last update: 4/19/2016

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