MAKING THE SDGs OUR BUSINESS

Bringing sustainability to the agribusiness and food production sector
by bringing higher education and business together

Project Overview

SDGs Labs aims to build a culture of collaboration and knowledge exchange between business and higher education institutes with the goal of holistic incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into modern business practices of the agribusiness and food production sector.

Over the course of the project, universities, businesses, NGOs and start-up incubators, alike, will work closely together to accomplish this in 2 main objectives.

SDGs

Translate the abstract SDGs into practical business solutions for actors all along the supply chain in the agribusiness and food production sector.

CURRICULUM

Build on our experience in the project to develop a curriculum and co-learning environments for future collaborations.

As knowledge sharing is our mission, our results will be available online as open-access, along with extra curricula and teaching material designed for higher education institutions and start-up incubators.

WHY THE SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 in total – provide a consistent and universally accepted framework for addressing sustainability in the 21st century. The agribusiness and food production sector is particularly relevant as it has the potential to deliver more than 25% of the 169 targets of the SDGs.

The UN, creator of the goals, defines the SDGs as “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. For more information, check out the UN website.

WHO IS SDGs LABS?

As of January 2019, SDGs Labs is in full swing as an Eramus+ Knowledge Alliance project.
The project team is composed out of 8 organizations in 4 European countries: Austria, Germany, Italy and Portugal. The consortium consists of three universities, three businesses, one start-up hub and one NGO.

Austria

RCE Vienna - part of the University of Economics Vienna - is an UN certified science-society interface, mobilised to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities. It builds an innovative platform and knowledge base for multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary information-sharing, dialogue and collaboration for promoting ESD among regional/local stakeholders. We understand ourselves as a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and activities between these research institutions, public agencies, enterprises and organizations in the Vienna region.

The ISEKI-Food Association is an independent non-profit organisation which focuses on education and training as well as building synergies between research, education/teaching, industry and authorities in the food sector. Other activities connected to food include working towards the quality assurance of food studies, international accreditation and certification of training and curricula, establishing a community of experts in food and opening communication to the general public.

Germany

The University of Vechta is located in Northwestern Germany, a region that offers the perfect laboratory for addressing a range of issues affecting the future viability of our global society. Based at the University of Vechta is the “Center for Transformation Research in Areas of Intensive Agriculture”. It represents a network of universities, business associations, NGOs and two ministries. Its core competencies lay in the field of multidirectional knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary transformation research related to the agri- and food-sector.

WIESENHOF is Germanys leading poultry brand. The poultry division is the largest segment within the family-owned PHW Group. Additionaly in the recent past, the distribution of plant based protein products have become more and more important. The PHW Group is successfully managed by the third generation of the Wesjohann family. Responsible actions and sustainable corporate governance are firmly rooted and integral elements in the tradition of WIESENHOF.

Portugal

The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), located in Northeastern Portugal, is focused on the development, transmission and diffusion of knowledge, science and culture, through teaching, research and experimental development. UTAD is community-oriented, engaging with companies and other economic and cultural sectors to reinforce innovation on holistic level for its region. UTAD also strives for extensive international involvement to further the development of intercultural competences and supports the participation of students and professors in international mobility and cooperation programs, projects and networks towards continuous capacity building.

Regia Douro Park is a science and technology park situated in Portugal. We focus on agri-food, agro-industrial, enology, winemaking green economy, environmental valuation and agro-environmental technologies. The Park has multiple capacities to support entrepreneurs and companies, business projects, national and international investors, promotion of research, as well as development and transfer of technology and knowledge.

Portugal

CEIFAcoop is a non-profit cooperative located in Lourinhã, Portugal, that offers consulting, research and education with the aim to contribute to a more sustainable development. We seek to provide answers to the current challenges faced by various sectors of the society - through holistic, responsible and cooperative solutions with our sphere of activity spanning from the local to the regional and the international level. Our two main focuses of our work are Waste Management, where we also work on Horizons 2020 project “Urban_Wins”, and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), where we co-developed the first RCE in Portugal.

Italy

Terra Institute is a strategy consultancy company and a centre of expertise for innovation and sustainability. With international experience in the special fields of innovation & sustainability, Circular Economy and new business models, companies with purpose and transformative leadership, we provide impulses for development through consulting, coaching, further education and events. As a SYSTEM CHANGE CONSULTANCY our driver is to contribute in our actions to a global system change in economy and society: climate and nature regeneration, global cooperation, prosperity and peace are some of the terms which describe the world which we would like to shape together with our customers.

CONTACT

If you want to know more about the project feel free to contact us!

PROJECT COORDINATION

Tess Landon
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Wien, Austria

tess.margaret.landon@wu.ac.at

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