In the development of activities related to Business School and Department ERS, ERShub involved a number of external actors, from corporations to social enterprises, to institutions, to NGOs. These partnerships bring value to the School’s research and teaching activities. They are also fundamental gatekeepers through which knowledge about ERShub values and work can fly beyond University walls and be spread across the wider society through the organization of conferences or workshops, and student involvement in work field at partners’ premises, or financial support to partner activities.
For instance, the Salone della CSR (which can be translated as “The CSR Fair”), one of the most important Italian conferences focused on CSR, has been hosted by the School thanks to a collaboration with NExT, a professionals and researchers association interested in fostering CSR and an ERS-based approach in the economic world.
Below it is shown a list of partners engaged by ERShub participating in labs and projects developed from the same body, inside the Business School:
- Amref, one of the largest health-care NGO working in Africa, committed to the improvement of health and healthcare.
- Elis, a non-profit educational organization with a focus on personal development and job quality improvement. It addresses young people, practitioners and enterprises in the effort to fill the gap between school and work, youth unemployment and sustainable development of organizations.
- Community of Sant’Egidio, a worldwide movement of lay people, based on solidarity and dialogue, in order to keep peace and fight poverty.
- ASHOKA, a global organization identifying and investing in leading social entrepreneurs and individuals with innovative and practical ideas to solve social problems.
- Energia per i Diritti Umanideals with International Cooperation and Development, Education and Social Awareness in Senegal, Gambia and India.
- KUKUA, a startup company leveraging new media and technology to empower children to learn through engaging experiences.
- Made in Carcere, a social enterprise producing fashion objects in jails from recycled materials.
- UNICEF, the United Nations program that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers worldwide.
- REMARC, Responsible Management Research Centre , University of Pisa
In wider terms, behind every partnership there is a basic point of view: students have to become leaders for a better world. That is why we strongly believe that ERShub training must be developed along the lines set by the international community of Business Schools and educators sharing this view.
ERSlabs have been developed over time, improving their procedures and processes, while constantly innovating in methods and in the type of partners reached. Each ERSlab is now designed to develop students’ resilience, teamwork skills, and their capability to create innovative solutions for real problems that NGOs, institutions and social enterprises face when balancing social and environmental impact with business sustainability.
Beyond teaching, partnerships also helped ERShub to access and study more in depth organizations, phenomena, at the crossroad between business, social impact and environmental footprint, making a privileged space for the development of researches which shaped case studies, papers, international and national publications, academic conferences and continuous exchange among international and national scholars active in the ERS field.
This extended cooperation with partners also contributes to the outreach, increasing the University connection to the society and its debate on ERS and business.