A new ERASMUS+ project has started in September 2020, with partners from four countries: Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, and Romania. Four universities (FH-Campus Vienna, Catholic University Eichstatt-Ingolstadt, Ostravska Univerzita, Universitatea Babes Bolyai) and another research-based SME (xit) will work together with akaryon to compile teaching materials for universities on green controlling.

Sustainability management gives equal weight to the importance of a company’s economic, environmental and social goals. The social economy (an emerging European sector providing social services) is mainly composed of non-profit organizations that so far lack this important management approach and related skills. These organizations also need employees* with competencies in the field of sustainability, therefore it is necessary to include these topics in the university education of future managers* in the social economy.

Our project eco3 will fill this gap and develop an educational package with 15 ECTS for social economy students, consisting of:

  1. Two specific courses (Sustainability Management & Green Controlling) to develop specific competencies/skills;

  2. Learning and teaching materials applicable to different courses (such as social work, social management): a guide for teachers, PowerPoint slides, a list of recommended literature, a guide for group work and discussion groups, and a script for each course.

  3. A workshop simulation game “Green Monopoly” and a “Green Controlling Tool” to experiment with different scenarios in various social economy case studies.

  4. Pocket Lectures: video and podcast episodes on sustainability management in social enterprises, for review or preparation.

We are already curious to see if a purely virtual team building also works out well, because these projects usually involve a series of international project meetings, which are now canceled, at least for the first phase.

The first key points of the project can also be found in the press release.


eco3 - Sustainability Management and Green Controlling in the Social Economy

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Contract Number: 20-1-AT01-KA203-078028