This process was conducted progressively by implementing the framework, means and organisation requirements that enable Supméca’s Agenda 21 action plan to be carried out. In 2013, Supméca published its first sustainable development report that highlighted how the principles of openness and social responsibility had been implemented in all of the institute’s training and research projects.
Supméca’s efforts were rewarded in December 2016 with the DD&RS label – a label for sustainable development and social responsibility. This translates the School’s commitment to carrying out this approach in the long-term. Supméca will be audited again for this label in four years. In order to succeed in keeping the label, a sustainable development and social responsibility strategy has been implemented for the coming years.
Below are the 5 areas of strategic focus for the DD&RS approach, and what each area implies for Supméca in terms of further developments:
Strategy and Governance
- Develop the commitment of all management offices and services to the DD&RS approach, in a durable and agile manner.
- Inform learners and staff members about, and engage them in the approaches that are of interest for both the Institute and its role players;
- Formalise Supméca’s DD&RS policy and the related actions around two goals: controlled communication and continuous-improvement approach, with objectives that are evaluated and confirmed or rejected by a guidance committee.
- Train and prepare engineering students to the stakes, issues and business requirements of the future, with an emphasis on the approaches and opportunities offered by DD&RS;
- Further progressively integrate DD&RS as an approach, together with its related knowledge and skills, into all the course units, projects and internships offered in the curriculum.
- Develop research themes, projects and partnerships that are DD&RS specific;
- Formalise and integrate the DD&RS approach into the practices of the research teams.
- Further reduce the ecological footprint of the campus and further develop biodiversity;
- Develop the campus into a centre for student life, sharing, learning and innovation, which is open to its surrounding environment.
- Social policy and regional rooting
- Create and develop the opportunities offered by the areas (local, regional, national and international) the Institute is involved in;
- Further carry out the processes aimed at improving the well-being and working conditions of both learners and staff members;
- Develop an inclusive policy towards learners, staff members and service providers.