Riding the green wave
“Investing in environmental and sustainability management systems is essentially about preparing a company for the future.” Roman Mesicek, Programme Director, Environmental and Sustainability Management, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems.
Awareness of social and ecological issues has soared in recent years, both among the general public and in the business world. The IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems has responded by developing Austria’s first part-time master degree programme in Environmental and Sustainability Management.
“Issues ranging from pollution and climate change to global inequality and poverty are playing a much larger role in our lives today than they were five to ten years ago. This is putting pressure on companies to increase their commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. Professional environmental management and CSR can help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular to position themselves in niche markets or qualify as suppliers to major companies,” comments Roman H. Mesicek. By launching this degree programme, IMC Krems is aiming to give education in this subject an increasingly professional edge. Besides general topics such as European climate and environmental policies, the programme covers environmental management systems and environmental management accounting. Students take a comprehensive look at the management tools and standards that enable companies to keep track of social and environmental indicators, with a view to assessing their policies. The programme also examines current topics such as the decline in biodiversity – exemplified by the case of bee mortality – and moves aimed at its preservation.