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School of Management Fribourg becomes a member of the Positive Impact Rating

23 Jan 2024

The School of management Fribourg becomes a member of the Positive Impact Rating (PIR), giving the students the chance to evaluate their school on how it is solving societal and sustainable challenges. Rico Baldegger represented the HEG-FR at the 2024 PIR Summit alongside the WEF 2024 in Davos.

Last week, Rico Baldegger was invited by Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools to share and discuss on the topic of “Business Education for a Better World” alongside the WEF 2024 in Davos. The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a rating by students, for students, that can contribute as a lever of change for transformation in business schools. The results can be used as a tool to drive student-led sustainable development in cooperation with schools.

The School of Management Fribourg as a new PIR member commits to actively shape the narrative of positive impact in education, in particular by constantly looking at how to educate responsible leaders and incorporate essential topics like ethics, sustainability, diversity and inclusion in its programs. The PIR was created by business school experts together with global NGOs - WWF, Oxfam, and UN Global Compact. International student associations oikos, AIESEC and Net Impact are also part of the PIR, which is supported by VIVA Idea and Fehr Advice.

“PIR is designed as a tool to improve and transform business education. It enables schools to understand what a positive impact for society is, according to their students.”

Katrin Muff, President of the Positive Impact Rating Association

How does the PIR Survey work?

The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions that sit within three areas: Energizing, Educating and Engaging. The collection of data in our school is being organized by MSO (Management Students Opportunities), who will distribute a survey across campus through email campaigns, social media and more. Students take responsibility for assessing the positive impact of their own schools, providing a unique opportunity for the student voice to be heard.

Business schools are then provided with a defined social impact and a tool that they can use for change. The overall PIR score of the business school is used to position the school on one of five levels. The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement. The results of the 2024 Edition of the Positive Impact Rating will be launched at an international event in Spring 2024.