Sustainability in our Strategy

Sustainability in our Strategy

With a renewed mission to create positive societal impact and an inclusive approach to our strategy development and implementation process, Strategy 2024 describes various specific ambitions. Fostering our societal impact and taking responsibility on sustainable development are of great importance realising our strategy’s goals. On this page you will find everything scheduled to put these ambitions into practice.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. As a university, we can use our ability to invest and innovate to realize the SDGs. Through our activities, we contribute not only to the overall objective, but also to a specific SDG; carefully considering which goals we select will make our contribution more meaningful.

"We will develop a plan and vision on how to integrate the SDGs into our strategy and reports."

Our contribution

For a specific set of goals that are most relevant and most impactful for our university, we are developing responsible performance indicators to measure our progress towards contributing to obtaining the goal targets as a society. 

These indicators will be developed to map our contribution over three domains: Research, Education and Governance & Policies. First, the indicators of the research domain will measure our scientific contribution to each of the SDG fields. Second, the education domain will focus on student populations, education initiatives and courses per faculty aimed at the goals. Finally, the governance & policy-making indicators will aim to assess collaborations on and around campus, sustainability statistics of the university and initiatives and policies per SDG.

"To support these efforts, transparency is needed by defining clear performance indicators wherever possible."

Erasmus University Rotterdam, connected with society
Jefta Bade

These indicators will be developed to map our contribution over three domains: Research, Education and Governance & Policies. First, the indicators of the research domain will measure our scientific contribution to each of the SDG fields. Second, the education domain will focus on student populations, education initiatives and courses per faculty aimed at the goals. Finally, the governance & policy-making indicators will aim to assess collaborations on and around campus, sustainability statistics of the university and initiatives and policies per SDG.

Once the relevant data is collected, the information will be mapped into a dashboard that will contain a visual representation of our policies, projects and scientific contribution to each of the SDG’s. It will contain all facts and figures of our impact assessment and its changes over time, and it will become a practical guideline to increase our positive societal impact through day to day practices.

Illustration: Jefta Bade, drawforgood.org

Questions about our SDG dashboard?

Contact our data science specialist, Dominique van Deursen.