Reports of positive impact
Kozminski University has for years practiced and promoted ethical attitudes and focused on sustainable development. This approach is an integral part of our philosophy, our DNA as a university.
The foundation for this idea was poured by Prof. Gasparski, who has promoted ethical attitudes and behavior since the university's inception. For his work, he was honored with the opportunity to organize an international conference on business ethics (the Fifth ISBEE World Congress, held in July 2012 under the theme "Tradition and New Horizons, Toward the Virtue of Responsibility").
Responsible and sustainable development lies at the heart of our organization's activities and encompasses a range of activities and initiatives undertaken in the areas of ongoing research, teaching, cooperation with other institutions, community projects or implemented internal regulations. In our projects and research, we try to take care not only of the existing environment, but also work to improve it, for example, in the case of the legal environment, we study and propose new legislative solutions.
Positive Impact Startup Report
Until recently, the entire startup movement focused on the search for original business models that would provide investors with growing, possibly stable and, of course, large profits through product scalability. The measure of success was company valuation, a simple tool proven in traditional business.
Companies and brands - not just those in new business - experience unexpected crises when consumers terminate their loyalty to them en masse due to mistreatment of employees, abusive subcontractors (such as lack of concern for the environment, child labor or prisoners), unethical finances located in controversial tax havens or, as in the recent past, a lack of unequivocal resignation from doing business in Russia after that country's aggression against Ukraine.
Kozminski University has for years practiced and promoted ethical attitudes and focused on sustainable development. This approach is an integral part of our philosophy, our DNA as a university. Since 2017, we have been a signatory to the Declaration of Social Responsibility of Universities defining the role of higher education in Poland in implementing the principles of sustainable development.
This report is a self-assessment tool for the implementation of the principles of the Declaration of Social Responsibility of HEIs based on the HEI self-assessment form developed by Prof. Janina Filek and Dr. Boleslaw Rok based on the work of the Working Group on Social Responsibility of HEIs operating at the Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Team.
GENDER EQUALITY PLAN
The Gender Equality Plan is one of several initiatives undertaken by Kozminski University to promote gender equality. We present other examples of the University’s initiatives in this area below. In 2020, KU has implemented Kozminski University Sustainability Transition Strategy.
The goal of the strategy is to include Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the University’s mission in education, research, and societal impact. The strategy is based on the following six goals:
- Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all;
- Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls;
- Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation;
- Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
- Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns;
- Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development
KU community vs. COVID-19
The time of the coronavirus is a huge test for everyone. Organizations must drastically switch to a new way of functioning, change their strategies, adapt to new challenges, thinking about how to survive, learn how to operate in new conditions and undergo rapid evolution most often through digital transformation.
For Kozminski University, COVID-19 is the main driver for creating a ”new school for new times”. Kozminski community - faculty and administrative team got involved in socially responsible and supportive actions along with rapid digital change for the sake of our students.
In the attached report (updated on Dec 2020) you will find a summary of KU actions during the critical months of Covid-19.
The New Normal - Reality in the times of the global COVID-19 pandemic
The global pandemic, which appeared in Poland in March 2020, changed the reality that surrounds us. In front of our eyes, a reconstruction of many aspects of everyday and economic life takes place. The question of which fragments of the present Covid-19 reality will remain with us permanently and which will pass away remains open.
The intention of this study is to show how Kozminski University Faculty sees “the new normality” - what it means and what it can mean for the economy, business, society and the environment.