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Published

30 September 2015

MISUM featured in report

The Mistra Centre for Sustainable Markets plays a key role in efforts on the part of the Stockholm School of Economics to include sustainability and social issues, in earnest, in both research and education. This emerges from a report for the United Nations initiative known as Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

This summer, the School submitted a report to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative containing an account of how schools are working to fulfil PRME’s six principles of ethics, social responsibility and sustainability. MISUM, the Mistra Centre for Sustainable Markets, which opened at the New Year with Mistra funding, is given a great deal of space in the report. The Centre’s importance is noted in the foreword written by Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).

‘MISUM plays a highly important role and will be a driver of our continued improvement efforts. First, the researchers in the initiative have great expertise in this field. Second, a key part of MISUM’s remit is also to support the SSE teachers, to enable them to integrate sustainability in all our courses.’ Strannegård says.

Work in MISUM also features on the international blog Primetime, which is run by the UN PRME initiative. In one of two articles, the Centre’s Director Lin Lerpold describes MISUM’s interdisciplinary research.

Strengthened by new sustainability initiative

Mistra’s staff are, of course, pleased by the publicity for MISUM and support expressed by the SSE management. In his foreword to the report, President Lars Strannegård also refers to the SEK 40 million invested by the Global Challenges Foundation to integrate global sustainability challenges into the School’s education from 2016. Mistra’s Johan Edman approves: he hopes that this investment, along with Mistra’s funding of MISUM — SEK 55m over five years — will help to boost the integration of sustainability issues even more.

‘The investment from the Global Challenges Foundation generates further scope for sweeping changes at SSE, not only in research but also in undergraduate education as well.’

Text: Henrik Lundström, Vetenskapsjournalisterna

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