Twenty-two students from the four higher education institutions of the partnership had the opportunity to participate in the Teaching Activity 1, hosted by the project partner Università degli Studi di Trento, in Trento (Italy) from October 24 to October 26, 2023.
During the teaching activity, the students tested the first of the three modules that will be integrated into the platform to improve their knowledge of sustainability accounting and validate the training materials that populate the online learning environment. The selected students also attended seminars given by internationally recognised academics in the field of accounting and sustainability, such as Prof. Lee Parker (University of Glasgow), Prof. Stefan Schaltegger (University of Leuphana) and Prof. Carlos Larrinaga (University of Burgos).
Additionally, the students could develop their skills in an international environment in which they interact with their peers from the four academic partners: Montpellier Business School (France), University of Burgos (Spain), University of Leuphana (Germany) and Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy).
After completing this activity, the project begins the second phase of the development of the learning platform by integrating the feedback gathered from students and designing the second module. The result of this phase will be tested in the Teaching Activity 2 of the project, which will be organised in Lüneburg (Germany) in September 2024. During the spring of 2024, the selection process will be launched to select the students who will participate in the activity financed by the project.
The Erasmus+ Project Account4GreenEco (Sustainability Accounting Learning Platform for a Green Economy, Ref. 2022-1-ES01-KA220-HED-000089844) has held its First Coordination Meeting in Montpellier (France) on June 9, 2023.
In this meeting, the Partnership has discussed the next steps that must be carried out for the development of the first module of the online platform, as well as for the organization of the First Teaching Activity with students to be held at the University of Trento. (Italy), from October 24 to 26, 2023. Six students from each of the four universities that are part of Account4GreenEco Project have been selected to participate in this activity, funded by the project.
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The Spanish Association of Sustainability Managers (DIRSE) and the University of Burgos signed an agreement to reinforce the cooperation between both entities and promote the development of programs of mutual interest related to the profession, training and research on sustainability information.
Sustainability requires reliable information that should be available to the different socioeconomic agents and elaborated through solid scientific and ethical structures, which make visible the connections of ecological and social problems with business and, in this way, promote business responses in the context of the Anthropocene.
The agreement establishes a framework for carrying out joint activities, as well as cooperation in projects and programs of mutual interest in ESG matters, such as training, research or events. In particular, this agreement is proposed as a framework for managing the collaboration of DIRSE as the associated partner of the Erasmus+ Sustainability Accounting Learning Platform for a Green Economy (Account4GreenEco) project, funded by the European Union. The proposal, structured in three years, consists of the development of a dynamic and interactive platform for open online training on sustainability information that will address different issues related to the usefulness, preparation and monitoring of this information for teachers.
DIRSE is the most relevant association of sustainability professionals in Spain and gathers more than 400 members that represent the largest Spanish corporations. As an associated partner of the project, DIRSE will contribute by disseminating the results obtained. Likewise, it will act as a bridge between the academy and ESG professionals for the review of the training materials that are being developed.
On February 8, 2023, we held the Kick-Off Meeting (KOM) of the project at the General Library of the University of Burgos. The purpose of the KOM was to set the basis for the development of the next three years of Account4GreenEco and design the first steps to produce the first module of the platform and the organization of the first teaching activity with students that will be held in Trento in fall 2023.
Ten project members of the five partners – University of Burgos (Spain), the Center for Sustainability Management (CSM) of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany), Montpellier Business School (France), the University of Trento (Italy) and Gestionet Group (Spain) – participated in the KOM. You can learn more about then in the “Partners” section of our webpage.
Account4GreenEco aims to promote the integration of sustainability information in the curricula of the European Higher Education Area with the ultimate goal of supporting the green transition of the EU economy. During the three years of the project – which will end in November 2025 – an open online platform will be developed that will provide a dynamic and interactive environment through a series of learning materials and resources on sustainability information, such as its production, assurance, and internal control systems.