Improving the sustainability of Universities

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Improving the sustainability of Universities

Australian International Education Conference 2013


Dr Carol Adams

Director, Integrated Horizons

Professor,
Monash

Sustainability Institute

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ProfCarolAdams




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Collaborations, connections and change: the UNGC,
GRI, PRME & GRLI (plus business school accreditation)


Increasing corporate take up of the UNGC Principles requires know
how and aptitude


UNGC signatories can comply with COP requirements with a GRI
report


Education is material to a University’s sustainability performance
(adopting a materiality approach to sustainability performance
management)


PRME approach becoming more significant in business school
accreditation


GRLI developing the tools for implementing PRME


Practical Guide to the UNGC for Higher Education suggests using GRI



See Adams and
Petrella

(2010), Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

Why should
Universities care
about
sustainability?


Pressing local and global issues with far reaching
consequences


Universities have a key role in
solving them


Influence future leaders and parents


The sector should be leading


not lagging


(International) students like it


Provides
a reason for working across functions and
disciplines


Reputation


Reduce costs and risks


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How do
Universities become
more sustainable?


President/VC and
Board/Council support and
involvement


(Pro
-
active) leadership


Buy
-
in from responsible senior managers


Engage with stakeholders



especially
staff, students and local communities


Define and communicate your sustainability vision
and mission


Goal and target setting, planning, culture, policy


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Cultural and institutional challenges


Inertia,
resistance (from lack of know
-
how and
resources)


Unimaginative leadership


Lack of opportunity/expectation to make
cross
boundary/discipline
connections


Those
wanting change have difficulty influencing the
decision
makers (making the business case)


Aligning values


Funding mechanisms, performance measurement
systems, planning processes, recruitment processes



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The context


sector benchmarking and
policy


University sustainability reports available from university websites and
www.corporateregister.com


People and Planet’s Green League table of UK universities
http://peopleandplanet.org/greenleague



College Sustainability Report Card for North American Universities
www.greenreportcard.org


Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
www.aashe.org


Environment Association for Universities and Colleges
www.euac.org.uk



Australian Government’s National Action Plan for Education for
Sustainability
www.environment.gov.au/education/nap/index.html


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Target Setting


Short, medium, and long
term


Targets aim to promote
continuous sustainability
improvement


Quantified targets
established against KPIs


Actions to be undertaken in
order to achieve the targets

Report extracts in this presentation are from La Trobe University’s
Creating Futures report

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Targets for change


Sustainability KPIs


environmental, social
and economic


operations, curriculum
and research


tool for measuring, and
being accountable for,
sustainability progress


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Environmental quantified targets

Actions and follow up


All targets require clear actions with nominated
person(s) responsible


Regular reporting on actions


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Award winning reports


UNGC COP at Advanced
Level


Global
Reporting Initiative’s
sustainability reporting
guidelines


Externally
assured to
AA1000AS


Include educational and
research
measures


Awards for
Responsible Futures
&

Creating
Futures


Best First Time report’ award
-

ACCA Sustainability
Reporting Awards 2011


Best First Time sustainability report
-

CorporateRegister.com Awards 2011


Finalist


Australasian Reporting Award, Sustainability
reporting award. Judges comment:


clearly demonstrate that sustainable development
is a core business strategy


gives specific targets for the short term,


medium term and long term


identifies areas of poor performance


Creating Futures ranked 5th in
the
CorporateRegister.com Awards
2012 beating
experienced MNC reporters plus
5th
for relevance and
materiality, 8th for honesty and openness and 2nd for
credibility through assurance.


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The PRME SIP report



Educational and research components


Includes actions against each of the PRME initiative’s Principles
which adds in detail processes used as well as outcomes
achieved.


Measures must reflect actual achievements; otherwise will the
report will be seen as “
greenwashing
”.


Reporting leads to actions which drive change.


SIP = Sharing Information on Progress


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Why PRME is important



a framework for continual improvement.


a forum for discussion of educational values.


an important link to integrate processes to outcomes
of responsible management.


a framework to drill down into how responsible
management can be achieved.



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Important reporting issues


Identify key issues
for your institution, sector, country


Negative impacts


SMART targets (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,

Realistic, Time
-
based)


Process


Assurance (incl. approach,
benefits
, response)


Short hard copy report with better use of web
technology for detail

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The role of reporting guidelines or regulation
and audit


Not required to report and not audited = not
important


If not reported, data is not collected and/or
performance is not monitored


If not reported, there is no accountability and no
incentive to improve performance.


If not audited, data collection systems remain
basic/inadequate


Sustainable procurement is the process of
acquiring goods
and services that:



Meet users’ needs



Deliver long term value for money



Maximise social and economic benefits



Minimise damage to the environment and
health.

Buying a
B
etter World

Forum for the Future (2007)

What is sustainable procurement?

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Sustainable Procurement is a
process

whereby
organisations meet their needs for goods
, services
,
works and utilities in a way that achieves value for
money on a
whole life
basis
in
terms of
generating
benefits
not only to the organisation, but also
to
society and
the economy
,
whilst

minimising
damage to the environment.

Procuring for the Future

UK Govt. Department of
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2011)

What is sustainable procurement?

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Is your
boss
committed to strengthening
sustainable
procurement?


Does your university have an agreed focus
on
sustainable procurement?
Is it part of an agreed
operational plan?


Is
it included in your position description in
any way
?


Is it included in a procurement policy?


Does it encompass
goods, services, infrastructure and
energy?


Do you publicly report targets, actions and
achievements against them?


Where are you at on sustainable procurement?

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What can HR do?

Reinforcing the message and improving
performance through:


Job descriptions


Job advertisements


Internal cultures, leadership styles


Staff induction/ Training


Performance appraisal


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Thank you

@
ProfCarolAdams

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