Transparency and sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, endorsed by the United Nations in 2015, aims to leave no one behind. Governments and organisations around the world are embracing its commitments.

CEU, as a charitable, non-profit educational institution, with more than a century of initiatives for the development and advancement of society behind it, pursues its mission by prioritising its efforts in five of the seventeen proposed goals.

SDG 1 NO POVERTY

SDG 3 GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING

SDG METRIC/INDICATOR DESCRIPTION EVIDENCE
3.3 Collaborations and health services.
3.3.1 Current collaborations with health institutions The highlighted section of the document shows a list of outreach programs for the local community to promote health and wellbeing, including hygiene, nutrition, sports, exercise, healthy aging and other topics connected to health and wellbeing. Evidence 3.3.1
3.3.2 Health outreach programmes Report on the Project for inclusion in the Spanish Network of Healthy Universities, approved by the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality. Evidence 3.3.2
3.3.3 Shared sports facilities CEU Universities have sports facilities that can be accessed for free by members of the local community (tennis, paddle and sports court) accompanied by a CEU community member. Local community members may also participate for free in sport activities organized by CEU Universities out of their facilities, such as canoeing, archery, climbing, etc. Evidence 3.3.3
3.3.4 Free sexual health care for students Evidence shows that, based upon the notion of sexuality and sexual healthcare that is proper to Anthropological realism, which underlies the Catholic understanding of the human being (CEU Universities are faithful to their Catholic identity), we do provide free healthcare and sexual healthcare to our students, including information and education services. Evidence 3.3.4
3.3.5 Mental health support The highlighted section of the evidence and the 2019-20 annual report of the University Psychologist office, confirm that CEU Universities provide students and staff with access to mental health support. CEU Universities, for that purpose, count on teams of Psychologists in each University that, for free, provide mental health services to students, faculty and staff who may request them. Evidence 3.3.5
3.3.6 Smoke-free policy. CEU Universities have a "smoke-free policy". Evidence 3.3.6

SDG 4 QUALITY EDUCATION

SDG METRIC/INDICATOR DESCRIPTION EVIDENCE
4.3 Lifelong learning measures
4.3.1 Public resources (lifelong learning) Evidence shows several educational resources accessible for free to people not studying at the university: 1. Open books, magazines and other publications by CEU Ediciones (a publishing house that belongs to CEU Universities). 2. CEU Media and CEU History channel on YouTube. 3. Radio CEU. 4. Open access research journals. 5. Open access digital newspapers. 6. Global CEU Institutional repository. Evidence 4.3.1
4.3.2 Public events (lifelong learning) Evidence shows a list of events that have been hosted by CEU Universities in 2019-20, open to the general public. When an event is created, the promoter always has the option to choose the general public as a possible target for the event. Evidence 4.3.2
4.3.3 Vocational training events (lifelong learning) CEU Universities offer vocational training both, through ad-hoc courses and courses offered on a programmed basis. People who are interested in such type of courses, may explore and enquire about our offer through our website. Evidence 4.3.3
4.3.4 Education outreach activities beyond campus The evidence is a list outreach activities carried out by CEU Universities beyond campus -e.g. in local schools, in the community-. In the evidence it can be noticed that many of these activities are on programmed basis (many times the same lecture is imparted in different places beyond campus), and have an educational content (the highlighted activities). Evidence 4.3.4
4.3.5 Lifelong learning access policy The evidence provided is the CEU Universities code of conduct. Particularly relevant as to show that CEU Universities have a policy that ensures access to lifelong learning activities for all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, immigration status or gender. Relevant sections include Section B (Academic, educational and professional ethics) and Subsection B.5., on diversity, freedom and equality of rights and no discrimination. We list activities carried out by CEU Universities beyond campus -e.g. in local schools, in the community-. Many of these activities are on programmed basis (many times the same lecture is imparted in different places beyond campus), and have an educational content (see the highlighted activities). Evidence 4.3.5

SDG 7 AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

SDG METRIC/INDICATOR DESCRIPTION EVIDENCE
7.2 University measures for an affordable and clean energy
7.2.1 Energy-efficient renovation and building CEU Universities have energy efficiency as one of the strategic objectives of the Maintenance and Development Service. References to energy efficiency are made its new buildings and all renovations of buildings and facilities. The General Maintenance Plan for the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo includes all three Universities and all associated schools and colleges. The policy document describes the plan in place to ensure that any improvements or new constructions follow the latest energy efficiency standards in line with the regional regulations. Evidence 7.2.1
7.2.2 Upgrade buildings to higher energy efficiency The Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU has subscribed to the SWAP and PLAY service. The service enables energy consumption to be optimized through centralized control systems. The SWAP and PLAY service allows CEU Universities to plan, identify and take advantage of possibilities for improving energy efficiency. The system allows the optimization of energy use across multiple buildings and sites via a centralized control system. Evidence 7.2.2
7.2.3 Carbon reduction and emission reduction process CEU Universities implement a global cross-cutting policy to reduce the use of carbon derivatives and reduce emissions. This evidence is an example of the implementation of the carbon reduction policy employed in Fundación Universitaria CEU San Pablo, applicable to all Universities and schools. The evidence presents a proposal for the replacement of old, non carbon-efficient diesel or propane burning boilers for modern, carbon efficient piped butane burning boilers. This process arises directly from the maintenance and improvement policy described in evidence 7.2.1. The head of maintenance is responsible for identifying and implementing improvements in energy efficiency and in reducing the CO2 emissions of CEU Universities buildings and installations. Evidence 7.2.3
7.2.4 Plan to reduce energy consumption CEU Universities establish an energy consumption reduction plan that includes the use of "smart devices" and "smart energy saving systems" in all its facilities. The General Maintenance Plan for the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo includes all three Universities and all associated schools and colleges. The policy document describes the plan in place to ensure that any improvements or new constructions follow the latest energy efficiency standards in line with the regional regulations. Evidence 7.2.4
7.2.5 Energy wastage identification CEU Universities are continuously monitoring all their energy consumption. The General Maintenance Plan for the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo includes all three Universities and all associated schools and colleges. The policy document describes the plan in place to ensure that any improvements or new constructions follow the latest energy efficiency standards in line with the regional regulations. Evidence 7.2.5
7.2.6 Divestment policy CEU Universities are implementing a progressive policy of divestment in the use of polluting energies, gradually replacing them with greener and more sustainable energies, services and suppliers. This evidence is a demonstration of one of the actions carried out by CEU Universities as part of a wider policy on energy divestment and the switch to lowering CO2 emissions. The current project presents the plans for the new building housing the School of Humanities and Communication Sciences powered by geothermal energy for Heating, Cooling, and Domestic hot water. Evidence 7.2.6
7.3 Energy use density
7.3.1 Total energy used
University floor space
CEU Universities progressively maximises the sustainability of its facilities by means of control panels that allow it to monitor the energy intensity per square metre in its facilities. The evidence provides a summary of the energy use data for buildings of Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU, which include CEU Universities. Energy use is provided as a total, and as a calculated measure per square metre of University floor space. Data for CEU Universities is provided. Evidence 7.3.1
7.4 Energy and the community
7.4.1 Local community outreach for energy efficiency CEU Universities schedule informative and educational events to raise awareness in society. The evidence shows a poster advertising the first of a recurrent series of events (open to the public and wider community) regarding energy sustainability, energy efficiency and the climate. This event occurs annually and contributes to community education and promotion of the values of energy-efficiency held by Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU. Evidence 7.4.1
7.4.2 100% renewable energy pledge CEU Universities commitment to renewable energy is best exemplified by our masters program through which we train current and future experts in renewable green energy applications. CEU UCH in conjunction with the Institute for Energy Technology (ITE) offer a government validated Masters program in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The 1-year Masters program consisting of 60 ECTS provides students with a comprehensive vision of the technological, economic and legal aspects of the energy sector, in addition to promoting teamwork and improving their employability. Evidence 7.4.2
7.4.3 Energy efficiency services for industry The Degree of Architecture offered in the CEU San Pablo Madrid has a strong focus on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Building Design. As part of the degree, students may study for and gain: Diploma in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Building Design. Advanced Diploma in Energy Efficiency 1. Advanced Diploma in Energy Efficiency 2. Advanced Diploma in Energy Efficiency 3. Evidence 7.4.3
7.4.4 Policy development for clean energy tech The Group for Research and Development of Technologies in Energy Applications (TecEner) from CEU Universities focuses on various lines of research for applications of materials and technologies in energy engineering. They have developed public and private financing projects in the field of solar energy, hydrogen energy (in housing and mobility applications) and wind energy (in material development applications in large blades, both Onshore and Offshore at an international level). The evidence contains a weblink in which the activities of this group in informing regional government are shown. This unit forms part of the CEU-Discover action plan and links university research, development and best-practices with industrial partners. The regional government is an integral part of the development process and constitutes a major player in the implantation and scaling up of University projects. Evidence 7.4.4
7.4.5 Assistance to low-carbon innovation Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera collaborates with Global Clean Energy (GCE) to develop their own green hydrogen production plant. The plant aims to establish a financially and environmentally sustainable business model in order to encourage the entry of more investors and entrepreneurs into the green energy market. The evidence describes the result of a major investment towards the development of a clean, hydrogen energy source. CEU UCH aims to become a role model for social change and development. Evidence 7.4.5

SDG 17 PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

SDG METRIC/INDICATOR DESCRIPTION EVIDENCE
17.2 Relationships to support the goals
17.2.1 Relationships with NGOs and govt for SDG policy Evidence shows that CEU Universities play a key role in national, the development of SDG policy in Sierra Leone. Specifically we are collaborating and engaging in discussions with the President of Sierra Leona, and other public authorities. The goal of the project is to make Makeni (the largest city in the northwest province of Sierra Leone), a sustainable city. Of particular interest are SGDs 6, 7 9, 11 and 15. The input of CEU Universities in decision making processes regarding SDG policies, can be evidenced through our involvement in COP25: 1. CEU Universities co-organized a panel involving public entities and NGOs to discuss the challenges of climate change for the financial and non financial sector. 2. CEU Universities organized activities to raise awareness about the need to rethink cities from sustainability. 3. The Prime Minister wrote a letter to the CEU representative for COP25, to thank us for our cooperation. Evidence 17.2.1
17.2.2 Cross sectoral dialogue about SDGs CEU Universities initiate and participate in cross-sectorial dialogue about the SDGs. 1. CEU Universities coorganized a panel involving public entities and NGOs to discuss the challenges of climate change for the financial and non financial sector. 2. CEU Universities organized activities to raise awareness about the need to rethink cities from a sustainability point of view. 3. CEU Universities participate in worldwide cross-sectorial dialogue events, such as the International Conference on Sustainable Development, held in September 2019, in New York. Evidence 17.2.2
17.2.3 International collaboration data gathering for SDG CEU Universities partner with Forética, the largest association for sustainable development in Spain, representative in Spain of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, partner of CSR Europe and part of the National RSE in Spain. Its main objective is to integrate social, environmental and compliance aspects to the management of companies and organizations. Among its over 200 partners there are international (Amazon, Airbus, AstraZeneca, BMW, IBM, IKEA, Microsoft, etc.) and national companies (CEU Universities, Endesa, Ferrovial, CaixaBank, etc.). The collaboration with its partners allows Forética to gather information and measuring data for the SDGs and publish relevant reports on the matter. The evidence includes a report (published in June 2021, but the work was carried out in 2020) showing CEU Universities and other partners' collaboration, with data gathering and measuring. Evidence 17.2.3
17.2.4 Collaboration for SDG best practice CEU Universities partner with Forética, the largest association for the development of sustainability in Spain, representative in Spain of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, partner of CSR Europe and part of the National RSE in Spain. Its main objective is to integrate social, environmental and compliance aspects to the management of companies and organizations. Among its over 200 partners there are international (Amazon, Airbus, AstraZeneca, BMW, IBM, IKEA, Microsoft, etc.) and national companies (CEU Universities, Endesa, Ferrovial, CaixaBank, etc.). The research carried out within Forética, based upon the contributions of its partners, leads to compare approaches and to find best practices for tackling the SDGs. Evidence 17.2.4
17.2.5 Collaboration with NGOs for SDGs CEU Universities provide three types of evidence. Evidence 1. A list of institutions -among which there are many NGOs- with which CEU Universities collaborate in many programs/ projects (mainly student volunteering programs or projects) to tackle SDGs, and an example of two carried out. Evidence 2. A document on: a. The CEU Mejores program, developed in collaboration with several NGOs. The program consists of many educational courses (on digital work and technology, history and society, science and health, finance, entrepreneurship, etc.) imparted by CEU faculty, students and staff to people between 18 and 24 years of age, from socially vulnerable backgrounds. b. The S.O.S. CEU program, created to help those who became vulnerable due to COVID-19. Evidence 3. An Agreement with Fundación Ozanam (an NGO dedicated to people at risk of social exclusion), for the development of ongoing research with our Research group EJES. Evidence 17.2.5 (1)
Evidence 17.2.5 (2)
Evidence 17.2.5 (3)
17.4 Education for the SDGs
17.4.1 Education for SDGs commitment to meaningful education The commitment to meaningful education around the SDGs, relevant and applicable to all students certainly exists, it affects all programs and, as a statement, it is published on our CEU Universities website. Besides that statement, CEU Universities have developed specific initiatives to make that commitment tangible for all its community. As an example: the second document of the evidence is our Integra CEU program, aimed at integrating to our entire community (faculty, students and staff) people with intellectual disabilities, promoting job opportunities for them through an internship program in CEU institutions; the third document of the evidence highlights our commitment to meaningful education around the SDGs for all students of specific programs, i.e. from our Superior Polytechnic School. It is mandatory that their "end of degree" project shows a clear commitment to sustainable development and ecology. Evidence 17.4.1
17.4.2 The university as a body has dedicated courses (full degrees, or electives) that address sustainability and the SDGs CEU Universities offer specific courses but also full degrees that address sustainability and the SDGs. The evidence provided refers to our official master's degree in Management and Communication in Social and Solidarity Entities Evidence 17.4.2
17.4.3 The university as body has dedicated outreach educational activities for the wider community, which could include alumni, local residents, displaced people List of dedicated outreach educational activities with an impact on SDGs, for the wider community, carried out by CEU Universities in different locations. Evidence 17.4.3
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