Aalto University: School of Business participates in the 2022 Positive Impact Rating (PIR)

The School of Business students have again the possibility to evaluate how their own School addresses and prepares its students to solve sustainability and other societal challenges, as the School participates in the 2022 Positive Impact Rating (PIR). In the 2021 rating, the School of Business reached the second-highest level.

Student organisations KY and Aalto Sustainability Club ASC organise the data collection together with the School by sharing the link to the survey through for example newsletters. Responding to the survey by February 1st, 2022, is an excellent opportunity to impact the School’s development and make one’s opinion heard.

‘Societal issues, and sustainable development in particular, are paramount. It is particularly important for students to be able to influence these and share their own views, as an increasing number, if not all, of our students want to influence our common future and be part of a positive change in our society’, says Helmi Nuortimo who is responsible for matters related to sustainable development on the board of Aalto University Business Students (KY).

The Dean of the School of Business Timo Korkeamäki values the opportunity to hear the students’ feedback and hopes that as many Bachelor’s and Master’s students as possible would take the survey.

‘The PIR survey gives our students a great opportunity to voice their opinion on how we succeed in addressing issues related to sustainability. I look forward to seeing how our students this time view our School’s efforts on this very important topic.’

Rating created by business school experts, NGOs and students
PIR survey includes both multiple-choice and open questions for example related to, the school’s teaching culture and its commitment to societal impact. As a result, each business school gets an overall PIR score, which is used to position the school on one of five levels, as well as tools to be used in the further development of the school. The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement.

Katrin Muff, President of the Positive Impact Rating Association, said: ‘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. The PIR highlights the potential for improvement, even for leading schools.’

The PIR was created by concerned business school experts together with global NGOs – World Wildlife Fund WWF, Oxfam, and United Nations 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.