Faculty, staff and participants are expected to act with high ethical standards. IMD’s values – open, collaborative and pioneering – are incorporated in numerous documents: the code of conduct, governance regulations, annual report, and the guiding principles for conflict, harassment and discrimination prevention and management. The values are at the core of the “One IMD” culture, which underlies teaching, research, community and operational activities.
Measuring IMD’s impacts
A key part of IMD’s strategy in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability is measuring its overall social, environmental and economic impact against established benchmarks. In 2015, IMD participated in the EcoVadis annual audit, which provides a sustainability rating for global organizations. For 2018 IMD obtained another silver medal and improved its score.
Launched in 2012, the faculty- and staff-driven bottom-up Sustainability@IMD.
The initiative is a platform for improving the sustainability of IMD’s internal operations in three dimensions: environmental, social and economic. Under the initiative, a team of sustainability ambassadors from different departments works on projects to improve the environmental and social performance of the institution. Projects pursued so far have been in the areas of energy efficiency, waste management and sustainable purchasing.
Institutionally, a number of HR policies promote employee health and the quality of the work environment. Policies and benefits include flexible work schedules, a gym, fitness classes (yoga, Pilates), healthy lunches, accident/disability insurance coverage and ergonomic furniture.