Published 2019-03-12

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Misum’s Mette Morsing to make world’s economics education more sustainable

Misum’s director, Mette Morsing, has been appointed to lead a strategy project at the UN Global Compact. She will formulate a strategy for how business schools around the world can boost efforts to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their research and teaching curricula.

‘It’s a job that, in the long term, may have a major bearing on how business schools and universities conduct education in economics, finance, marketing and auditing,’ says Professor Mette Morsing, who leads Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (MISUM), at the Stockholm School of Economics.

UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) is the initiative that has engaged Morsing. This sister organisation to the UN Global Compact brings together business schools around the world and seeks to help them include sustainability perspectives in their education and research. A total of over 700 universities are connected.

Among the Nordic higher education institutions (HEIs), the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has taken on the role of leader and, according to Morsing, is one of the world’s HEIs to have embarked their sustainability endeavours most rapidly. Morsing hopes that the strategy she is tasked to devise will ensure that the next generation of leaders in private and public organisations will naturally incorporate sustainability into their decisions.

In September, the strategy will be presented to the UN Global Compact’s Board, chaired by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and vice-chaired by Paul Polman. The latter, who used to be Unilever’s CEO, is known for his commitment to sustainability issues.

Text: Thomas Heldmark