Social Responsibility

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Social Responsibility

Universidad Europea admits and actively involves all campuses in its commitment to social responsibility, one of the cornerstones of its educational model. Social responsibility forms part of our university community and is reflected in the following objectives:

Educating in values throughout the learning process

  • Raising awareness within the community on the importance of being responsible and committed to society and the environment.
  • Encouraging the whole community to take part in different social and environmental activities.
  • Promoting social commitment and a sustainable use of resources in every university school and department.

At Universidad Europea we foster corporate responsibility through awareness-raising and volunteering programs in Spain and abroad, fighting for human rights, carrying out literacy programs for highly vulnerable groups, and promoting alternative forms of consumption. In doing so, we share the importance and value of these activities with students and faculty and encourage them to include them in the degree course programs as social content through the Curricular Sustainability Program.

The Annual Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards, organized in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation, allow us to support young people who strive to make the world a more sustainable place through projects that make a real difference. Over the last five years, the awards have recognized the work of 50 social entrepreneurs by granting over 130,000 Euros to all the winning projects.  The prizes are awarded to social or environmental projects that positively affect their target community. Thus, different projects have been recognized in fields such as animal-assisted therapies, work-life balance, sustainable economy and organic farming. Learn more about the Universidad Europea de Madrid Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards here

Universidad Europea believes that these projects help build a fairer society that embraces diversity and guarantees equal opportunities for all types of disabled persons with specific needs.

In addition, Universidad Europea has published its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report within the framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard. Through a series of fulfilled undertakings, the document describes Universidad Europea’s contribution to sustainable development in the economic, environmental and social spheres over the last three years.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

Universidad Europea aims to raise social awareness and promote an environmentally friendly and sustainable development model. Our guiding principles are set out in an environmental policy that not only inspires and drives all our activities but also highlights and makes public our commitment.

Healthy Campus

Following recognition as the first Spanish university to certify the whole of its campus according to the requirements of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, in September 2010 Universidad Europea reinforced its Healthy Campus policy through a series of measures aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and respect for the environment. This new project clearly demonstrates the University’s firm commitment to creating an educational environment where positive attitudes and behaviors can be achieved through education and awareness-raising, and stands as a benchmark for health and quality of life in the university sphere.

Healthy Campus includes a number of measures such as informative actions on nutrition, food, drugs and alcohol, menus based on salads and organic fruit, or smoke-free areas throughout the university campus. It also encourages sporting activity at three levels: promotion of recreational sports, UE inter-school competitions, and competitive sports among universities.

SIGMA Project

SIGMA (Comprehensive Environmental Management System) was set up in 2002 to instill in the academic community a work philosophy based on awareness and commitment to the environment.

The system is integrated into the organization's general management activity, which takes into account all aspects of environmental protection: measures to avoid pollution and reduce environmental impact, measures for waste reduction and efficient use of resources, or periodic reviews of operational objectives, among others.

Thanks to this Environmental Management System, Universidad Europea was the first Spanish education institution to obtain UNE-EN-ISO 14001:2004 certification.

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Social Responsibility Office

Activities based on Universidad Europea’s responsibility towards the environment and society are channeled through the Social Responsibility Office, whose purpose is to foster a commitment to raising awareness and mobilizing the academic community. The office, together with the university schools and departments, organizes the different social and environmental responsibility initiatives promoted by Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Volunteering Programs

It is worth highlighting the Universidad Europea disabled persons’ student companion program, the Amnesty International Human Rights group, the elderly persons’ companion program, and the academic community social mobilization program.

International Volunteering Program

The University manages its own programs in Morocco, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Ethiopia with the exclusive participation of its students, and gives the academic community advice on how to get involved in non-profit organizations.

Training in values for faculty members

Sessions on education for development, development cooperation and ethical skills, among other subjects, led by experts in collaboration with the Human Resources department.

Resource Center. Information, advice and professional guidance on the voluntary sector, publication of news, non-University events, practical advice for everyday life (guide to good practices), etc.

In addition to the aforementioned programs, the Social Responsibility Office coordinates a range of global projects related to social responsibility: notably, the University for Development project, the Young Social Entrepreneur Awards,and the Riley Scholars scholarships, set up in collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • We are the first Spanish university to include curricular sustainability  in all its programs.
  • Our 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report is GRI A+ accredited.
  • Over 1,500 students, professors, employees and other collaborators of the University have taken part in our Social Responsibility Network.
  • We are members of CADEP, the sectoral commission of CRUE (Conference of Spanish University Rectors) for environmental quality, sustainable development, and risk prevention in universities.
  • 69 students and 8 professors took part in the latest edition of University for Development, where they undertook a total of 15 projects in 9 countries (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Senegal, Peru, Guatemala and Morocco), in collaboration with 12 non-profit organizations.
  • 46 students took part in the Volunteering Program and 17 non-profit organizations participated in the latest “Get Involved Fair”.
  • Last year, the Social Responsibility in the Classroom program –the first step towards curricular sustainability– coordinated 47 activities, with the participation of 1,480 students divided into 74 groups, and 35 social organizations.
  • Outside the classroom, 55 awareness-raising and training activities and 10 exhibitions were attended by 4,375 students.

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