The Positive Impact Rating was launched this week at EADA Business School, giving our students the chance to evaluate our school on how it is solving societal and sustainable challenges.
The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a rating by students, for students, that can contribute as a lever of change for transformation in business schools. The results can be used as a tool to drive student-led sustainable development in cooperation with schools.
The collection of data in EADA Business School is being organized by your leaders of the Consulting and Sustainability Clubs 2019/20, Veronika, Julie, Izzy and Lina, who will distribute a survey across campus through email campaigns, social media and more. Students take responsibility for assessing the positive impact of their own schools, providing a unique opportunity for the student voice to be heard.
The PIR is the first time that students around the world assess their business schools on their positive impact. Sophie Charrois, President of oikos International and PIR Supervisory Board member, is aware that “more and more students all over the world seek an education that prepares them as change agents and leaders of tomorrow. oikos International is proud to have been part of the PIR from the beginning to provide them with a global assessment of schools that focus on these competencies”.
The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions, that sit within three areas: Energizing, Educating and Engaging. Business schools are then provided with a defined social impact and a tool that they can use for change.
Katrin Muff, President of the Positive Impact Rating Association, said: “PIR is designed as a tool to improve and transform business education. It enables schools to understand what a positive impact for society is, according to their students. The PIR highlights the potential for improvement, even for leading schools.”
The PIR was created by concerned business school experts together with global NGOs – WWF, Oxfam, and UN Global Compact. International student associations oikos, AIESEC and Net Impact are also part of the PIR, which is supported by VIVA Idea and Fehr Advice.
The overall PIR score of the business school is used to position the school on one of five levels. The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement.
The results of the 2021 Edition of the Positive Impact Rating will be launched at the World Economic Forum in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland in May.
Get involved in the 2021 edition of the Positive Impact Rating
We want you to get involved! As a full-time student of EADA during the academic year 19/20 you are entitled to take part in the PIR survey at EADA. Please get in touch with organizers (Lina Baumstark, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Veronika Bitter, email@example.com) to get access to the link. Find out more about the PIR on its website.
About the authors
Lina Baumstark was part of our International Masters Sustainable Business & Innovation 2019-2020 edition and was one of the EADA Sustainability Club champions. Lina has a background in media and journalism, and though originally from Germany, she lived and studied in the U.K. and Switzerland before coming to EADA. She is a proactive volunteer and competitive swimmer and she is passionate about making a tangible difference in the world
Veronika Bitter is from Austria and was part of our International Master in Sustainable Business & Innovation 2019-2020 edition at EADA and elected Vice-President of the EADA Consulting Club. She speaks German, English and Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration, specialized in Transportation & Logistics from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Veronika first came to Barcelona for an internship experience, and returned one year later to complete her masters at EADA.