Social and environmental responsibility
IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems is committed to meeting its responsibilities to society and the environment.
So the prudent, sustainable use of resources is very important to us.
Focus on sustainable actions
Global challenges such as the climate crisis, social injustice and most recently the coronavirus pandemic have brought the topic of sustainability increasingly into focus. As a university, it is not only important that we play a part in the debate, but that we also actively shape it as well.
Innovative and forward-looking
In view of these circumstances, we see it as our duty to offer forward-looking education, to carry out research that provides solutions to the challenges facing society, to ensure that the university is an equitable, healthy and safe place to work, and to minimise our environmental footprint.
Sustainable Development Goals
Our actions are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we act as a role model for our stakeholders.
The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2015. Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 - which are aimed at the regional, national and international level - also place a duty on universities.
The SDGs are universally applicable and based on a holistic approach to development which gives equal priority to the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. They also encompass the protection of human rights, the rule of law, good governance, fundamental freedoms, and safety and security. The 2030 Agenda is therefore relevant to many aspects of university teaching and research.
On this page, we introduce you to all aspects of our sustainable university governance.
Developing and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions, as well as training and education programmes that generate value regionally, nationally and globally.
For us as a university of applied sciences, it is clear that we assume both social and ecological responsibility.
The report covers the period from 01.09.2019 to 31.08.2020. We plan to publish a sustainability report every 2 years.
Our material topics
To prepare the sustainability report, we conducted a materiality matrix to determine the key sustainability issues for our organisation.
In line with its high quality standards, we aim to meet and surpass the expectations of our stakeholders, and especially those of our students. IMC Krems’ high-quality degree programmes give students the best possible preparation for their future careers.
This topic relates to our core operations and therefore exerts a considerable impact.
Knowledge of sustainable development is necessary in all sectors of the economy in order to bring about fundamental change. This means it is essential that basic knowledge of sustainability is embedded in all degree programmes. Specific degree programmes can also teach in-depth knowledge and skills connected with sustainability.
By firmly anchoring sustainability in our teaching, we are making a significant contribution to raising awareness of and providing knowledge required for sustainable development.
As a research institution, IMC Krems has a significant, long-term impact on society by generating academic findings. When it comes to research, quality is our number-one priority. Efficiency of research processes also plays an important role here, with a view to minimising the impact of travel and the use of financial resources, equipment and materials.
Sustainable development calls for new ideas, academic insights and open discourse. Thanks to its research focuses in the field of sustainable development, IMC Krems can help to drive progress on all three of these fronts and contribute to sustainable development.
Everyone is different. In order to consciously and proactively manage this diversity, we can create frameworks that generate opportunities for everyone. This applies to employees, lecturers and students, and to teaching, research and administration in equal measure.
Barrier-free access is especially important in higher education in order to ensure that education is open to all. This topic is relevant to all of our activities.
As an educational institution, we are focused on long-term, sustainable success. Financial stability provides the foundation for our commercial activities.
A variety of operational factors influence levels of employee satisfaction at IMC Krems. Aspects such as training and development, a good work-life balance and flexible working time models play an important role in this respect. This topic relates to employees and teaching staff at IMC Krems.
Travel to and from the university by students, employees and teaching staff has environmental impacts in the form of emissions, noise and land use. Providing infrastructure that enables reductions in travel, and transitioning to greener alternatives reduces these negative impacts. This aspect is especially relevant in connection with the courses taught by the university.
Our environment and sustainability team
We have set up an environment and sustainability team to ensure that sustainable thinking becomes firmly established in all areas of our organisation. It is led by Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Officer Roman Mesicek and his deputy Christine Taferner.
The university’s teaching and research staff, as well as the Facility Services, Marketing, Human Resource and Quality Management departments are all represented on the team. Members of other departments can also join the team as required.
The strategic direction is set by the core social and environmental responsibility strategy group, which is made up of the University Management and the sustainability coordinators.