Sustainable RSM - Positive Change

Students know their next employer is looking for them to "tell the story of what you have learned, what you have done and what you can do." Highly motivated students have teamed-up with the Sustainable RSM-Positive Change staff each year to lead action. Together we design campaigns and serve as inspiration for classmates and colleagues. We benefit from participation in co-curricular learning experiences; generating valuable results for our careers and a boost to life-long learning.

Recently our school implemented a new mission statement: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a force for positive change in the world. With world-scale societal, economic and ecological challenges, we believe business is a powerful instrument for solving them. We understand solutions for big challenges start with small ideas. Therefore, we are looking for energetic and engaged students to join an action team and spark Positive Change.

As a member of one of the following student action teams, you will not only think about exciting new ideas, but you will get the chance to realize them and make a difference! Together we will expand opportunities for members of RSM to walk the talk and actively contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2018-2019 Action Teams

Thank you applicants for your interest to be a team member alongside your studies this year.

We have reviewed application materials and are inviting members to join the teams for our first kickoff meeting 11 October.

  • Team members create campaigns to spark awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the RSM community. Team members are not afraid to take action. Team members will be responsible for initiating, creating and maintaining the most inspirational SDG awareness campaigns on campus. They are in the lead for existing and new actions, including the 'PC Plant Library' and the 'Give Away Cabinet'. In addition, members can organize events, fun meetings, activities and related campaigns. The Positive Change Activists will design interventions to encourage all stakeholders of the RSM community to be a force for positive change!

  • Team members help the RSM community adopt a more sustainable approach towards consumption, production, materials and waste. In academic year 2017-2018 the first group of change agents successfully collaborated with Next Nature Network to bring ECO Coin to campus during the Erasmus Sustainability Days.

    ECO Coin is a sustainable currency that helps our RSM community reflect on our own behaviour. The collected coins can be exchanged for designated environmentally friendly rewards. In 2018-2019 the Positive Change Agents will be aiming for greater impact through bigger outreach. Look for the ECO Coin to thrive on campus!

  • Team members are natural storytellers. They like being where the action is and are rooted in the RSM community; looking at things through a positive lens. As a Positive Change Reporter, your mission is to document situations, take photos, write a brief story and report 'how' RSM faculty, staff and students are walking the talk and being a force for positive change through their actions on campus.

    Keepin alert to the many events, programs, educational seminars, research activities, school sponsored activities, study association programs; collective and individual acts happening daily at and around RSM. As a reporter, team members gain access and experience to learn a new set of communication skills. Members have the opportunity to bring personalcreative writing skills to the table, set up new communication campaigns with guidance from the team to further develop personal reporting skills.

  • On thie team, students are in the driver’s seat to learning key elements of quality research. KPMG is sponsor of this award which recognizes a master thesis that demonstrates academic excellence, and more importantly, addresses important issues of business and society. This team has a coach to guide the process of selecting the top 5 sustainability-related master theses written at RSM during the previous academic year. The selected top 5 theses are next reviewed and ranked by a team of business professionals via the KPMG Sustainability Director.

    In addition to learning more about sustainable development, this is also a valuable opportunity for team members to gain insights into writing a strong thesis. Former members have stated they more clearly understand how to better construct a quality thesis and their marks prove it. The winner and runner-up are announced at the RSM-STAR Forum for Sustainable Development (formerly known as the RSM Sustainability Forum) on 26 April 2019. Read about last year's prestigious event on this page.

  • Members of this action team serve as reviewer/designer by first examining the current RME (responsible management education) toolbox and recommendations from the 2017-2018 team. Together, we discover and design knowledge circles around Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) topics. Together, we identify key tools for learning and expand our toolbox of winning approaches of business integrating sustainability, social responsibility and ethics into core operations. Our key assignment is to identify effective tools as related to the 17 SDGs, set expectations with the RSM Learning and Innovation team, and bring key stakeholders together in knowledge circles. In addition, we have opportunity to activate our school's role in the new France/Benelux PRME Chapter.

    Background: The UN report titled Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development outlines key aspirations for action. With vision, and timely contributions students collaborate to identify teaching tools on the themes of global social responsibility, sustainability and ethics. This business school is dedicated to providing stimulating curricula inclusive of these important themes. Students engage in research on PRME and the SDGs. Students dialogue with the RSM community to document how our school intentionally integrates action points along these topics. Business, government and society benefits from this organic activity in the business school. The latest RSM PRME report (external report) illustrates RSM’s commitment.

From Awareness to Action

Everyone studying or working at RSM can maximise learning opportunities and drive change through diverse sustainable business-oriented projects. Highly motivated students and employees can enhance their sustainability literacy, work with other committed stakeholders, and add to their personal and academic achievements with practical outcomes. Design, create and implement a project with relevance to the school, campus or community.

By sparking awareness and action with RSM’s community of students, employees and alumni, Sustainable RSM and Positive Change join forces to inspire your positive impact in social, cultural, environmental and economic issues. Our business school is committed to responsible management education and has adopted the framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to advance solutions for business through research, education and engagement with industry and society. 

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