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Sustainability at USBE

Responsibility for the Future

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE) acts for a sustainable development by creating and spreading knowledge through education, research and in collaboration with others. We are promoting knowledge about, and for, sustainable development and are using the 17 sustainable development goals as a framework when we are creating responsible leaders for the future. Our work on sustainability is coordinated in the Council for Sustainable Development and involves all parts of the school.

The Council for Sustainable Development

Sofia Lundberg (convener)
Johan Jansson
Anders Lundquist
Lars Persson
Karl Johan Bonnedahl
Therese Sarlin
Rickard Lindberg

Sustainability Policy

Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics' (USBE) mission is to create knowledge in interaction with stakeholders to develop responsible leaders with a sustainability orientation, by:

  • offering students and staff a learning environment of high quality that encourages independent thinking and proactive approaches on issues related to sustainable development,
  • offering an environment that enables conceptual and empirical research on sustainable development and sustainable value outcomes,
  • increasing the awareness of sustainable development through interaction with industry and community, including the challenges of sustainable responsibility.

In USBE's work on sustainable development is also included to comply with laws and regulations and drive work in a continuous improvement process to prevent pollution, as well as to strive for a sustainable level when it comes to the use of energy and natural resources.

Sustainability Goals

Sustainability Objective
USBE's orientation towards sustainable development will be reflected in and reinforced by education, research and collaboration with stakeholders. The direct environmental impact will be on a sustainable level.

Detailed goals

  • USBE shall broaden the scope and clarify the progression of sustainable development in education.
  • USBE shall strengthen and clarify research and doctoral education on sustainable development.
  • USBE shall strengthen cooperation with stakeholders by increasing the number of collaborative activities on sustainable development.
  • USBE's environmental impact from support operations will be on a sustainable level.


USBE is a sustainability-oriented business school and we have chosen to prove this by certifying our environmental management system and we are since 2015 certified according to ISO 14001. Our environmental management system is a well-integrated part of the management of the school and adopted to the expectations from stakeholders as UKÄ, AACSB and others. Our environmental management system is yearly evaluated by an external as well as an internal auditing process.


We are since 2018 an AACSB-accredited school. Being accredited by one of the leading global organizations for business schools proves that our education, research and collaboration are of high international standard. Our quality management system that is the basis for our accreditation assures that we in a systematic way are working for continuous improvements in all areas of our mission and that we are striving towards our long-term vision.


Global Business School Network, GBSN, is a network of business schools with the ambition of supporting management education for the developing world. The network provides us with opportunities to be inspired by, and work with, leading business schools around the world on issues related to sustainable development


PRME, Principles for Responsible Management Education, is a UN initiative for a more responsible education of the leaders of tomorrow. USBE agrees on the six principles decided upon by PRME and we are a member of the network since 2013. As a part of PRME are we bi-annually reporting on how our work on sustainability develops.

USBE PRME report 2022


USBE is from January 2019 a member of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an organization mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Latest update: 2023-09-18