You may know by now that I regularly have the opportunity to have discussions with university students on CSR and environmental issues. Today I met students at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) in Uppsala.
Two years ago I wrote a quite extensive blog post from another meeting with SLU students. I then incorporated questions from the students and my answers to those questions in the blog post. Similar questions like these were presented to me also prior to today's lecture, however with an even higher percentage of "social responsibility type of issues" to "environmental matters". I think this is an interesting trend. Students have become more and more interested in the wider perspective of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
Hence, in addition to discussions on environmental sustainability matters such as Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Green Chemistry, Environmental Audits of 3rd party manufacturers, we also had discussions around some of my favourite "CSR-slides", for instance:
The Sustainable Quadrant, showing how countries with a high UN Development Index tend to have large ecological footprints. And we all know, that large ecological footprints may very well result in lower public health... Hence, actions are required.
The Walderik-Mattson pyramid, showing the different kind of CSR-related activities we persue on different markets around the globe.
As always extremely interesting to have discussions with students!