SUSTAINABILITY OBSERVATORY

What is the Sustainability Observatory?

The Observatory is a centre dedicated to the study, reflection, and transfer of knowledge in the field of sustainability in the business sector, embracing three dimensions in an integrated way:

  • Economic sustainability: fostering successful business models.
  • Social sustainability: bringing well-being to people.
  • Environmental sustainability: respecting the planet.

Objectives

  • Be a proactive organization carrying out applied research that is based on the principles of pluralism, autonomy, and critical capacity.
  • Develop projects that provide rationality in public debate and promote action in public and private institutions.
  • Systematically disseminate knowledge through activities and publications.

Team

The UPF-BSM Sustainability Observatory has a team of first-rate researchers, who combine academic excellence with professional experience, united by an interest in business sustainability, and embracing different areas of knowledge, from marketing to finance, and passing through operations, technology, strategy, and corporate social responsibility.

Oriol Montanyà

Director

Graduate in Sociology from the UAB, graduate in Journalism from the UPF and a doctorate in Economics and Business from the UVic.

Erola Palau

Coordinator

Graduated in International Business and Languages from the Rotterdam Business School, Master of Science in Management and Business Analytics from UPF-BSM. She is specialized in E-Commerce and Data Analytics from EDHEC Business School and is a PhD candidate in Law, Economics, and Business from the University of Girona. 

She has focused on research on the equality of women in companies, on the social and economic impact of organizations in their environment and on the implementation of the SDGs in companies. She is currently a researcher in the area of Operations and Technology at UPF-BSM.

News and Articles

We present a selection of relevant articles and news that deal with sustainability issues, with special emphasis on the current events generated by UPF Barcelona School of Management itself, but also as a small window to learn about international news that stands out for its relevance or innovative character.

  • El emprendimiento verde se gana a los inversores [Spanish]
    Gran parte de las empresas de todo el mundo están virando ya su estrategia hacia productos sostenibles y reciclados o apostando por energías renovables para atender a las demandas del planeta
     
  • A UPF-BSM study values the economic, social and environmental impact of TMB at 2,400 MEUR a year
    The activity of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the public group that manages the metro and bus network, generates an overall value of 2,395.6 million euros per year for Catalonia as a whole, 6.5 times more than what it receives in contributions from the administrations
     
  • ¿Por qué el actual modelo de 'ecommerce' no es sostenible? [Spanish]
    El planeta está viendo como la distribución de mercancías gana mucha presencia y relevancia, ya que la evolución de los hábitos de consumo, junto a los avances de la tecnología, han provocado que el comercio electrónico registre crecimientos interanuales de doble dígito durante los últimos años.

  • Movilidad alternativa y sostenible en Barcelona: ¿diremos adiós al coche? [Spanish]
    La sensibilización respecto a la sostenibilidad del planeta ha crecido los últimos años a raíz de la necesidad de frenar la sobreexplotación de recursos a la que nos hemos acostumbrado y que nos ha traído niveles de contaminación que nos guían hacia un punto de no retorno. De toda esta polución, un 13% –especialmente en grandes ciudades– surge del vehículo privado
     
  • Economía circular, más allá del reciclaje [Spanish]
    El concepto de economía circular cada vez está más presente en nuestras vidas. Hasta hace poco, el modelo productivo lineal –caracterizado por extraer, producir y tirar– era el más aplicado, pero está llegando a su límite. 
     
  • The UPF-BSM celebrates World Environmental Day with a Program of Environmental Sustainability
    The UPF Barcelona School of Management joins the celebration of World Environment Day on June 5th. organizing a Program of Environmental Sustainability: a series of activities that aim to strengthen the school's commitment to Planetary Wellbeing by actively involving our community.

 

 

[05/04/2021] 'Greenwashing', una estrategia poco sostenible (Spanish)
El Greenwashing incluye las falsas estrategias de comunicación y publicidad "verdes" que utilizan las compañías para diferenciarse de la competencia y mostrar compromiso con el medioambiente.

[13/04/2021] El deporte, en lucha por la emergencia climática (Spanish)
El cambio climático pone en peligro nuestro planeta y las futuras generaciones. El deporte podría ser nuestro aliado para generar los cambios rápidos necesarios para luchar contra esta emergencia. Es capaz de unir, de orientar y de ser ejemplo de exigencia para seguir el camino que necesitaremos transitar en los próximos 10 años.

[10/03/2021] La revolució energètica portarà bones notícies en el repartiment de poder econòmic del món" (Catalan)
A Europa estem presenciant un auge entre la ciutadania que demana sistemes energètics més sostenibles i formes alternatives de consum menys nocives per al medi ambient. No obstant això, els sistemes energètics encara representen el 80% del nostre consum. Com aconseguim un canvi? El professor d'Economia de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra i la Barcelona GSE i investigador de l'Institute of Political Economy and Governance (IPEG), Humberto Llavador, ho té clar: "No hi ha cap més opció que reduir les emissions de CO₂".

[15/03/2021] Bioeconomía, una nueva forma de mirar el agua (Spanish)
El agua es un elemento fundamental para la preservación de la vida en nuestro planeta tal y como lo conocemos. No debería sorprendernos, por tanto, que uno de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible creados por las Naciones Unidas, el objetivo número seis, esté relacionado precisamente con la limpieza y el saneamiento de las aguas y se centre en garantizar su disponibilidad en todo el planeta con adecuadas condiciones sanitarias y asegurando una gestión sostenible de la misma.

[22/03/2021] La sostenibilitat en l'esport, una novetat? (Catalan)
És important que la sostenibilitat sigui un dels eixos principals dels esdeveniments esportius i més encara si es considera que l'esport pot fer arribar els seus missatges a tot el planeta fins i tot per sobre de polítiques o ideologies.

[22/02/2021] Finanzas sostenibles: la difícil avenencia entre buenas intenciones, sobre regulación y competitividad (Spanish)
El propósito de la Unión Europea es ser pionera en sostenibilidad medioambiental, no con innovación o creación, sino regulando hasta el último detalle.

[25/01/2021] La recuperación económica será verde o no será (Spanish)
¿Los cambios hacia una economía más verde y sostenible están sustentados por Europa? ¿Hay fondos para premiar y fomentar estas acciones? La respuesta es que sí.

[12/01/2021] Reutilizar la pandemia para ser más sostenibles (Spanish)
La pandemia ha causado un retroceso en la gestión de los residuos de plástico y de los alimentos para un futuro sostenible.

Publications and Studies

This section offers a compilation of the most outstanding research papers published by researchers and consultants who are part of the UPF-BSM Sustainability Observatory.

Teaching

Summary of the courses offered by the UPF Barcelona School of Management and which revolve around the three main aspects of sustainability: economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and social sustainability.

  • Online Master in Scientific, Medical, and Environmental Communication.
    Communication, Journalism and Translation Area.
    Directed by: Gemma Revuelta and Carolina Llorente.
    The Online Master in Scientific, Medical, and Environmental Communication prepares you to generate and transmit scientific knowledge, and ideas and opportunities that are derived from its application and from associated technologies.
     
  • Master's Degree in Public and Social Policy.
    Law, Politics, and Public Management Area.
    Directed by: Vicenç Navarro, Mònica Clua and the Steering Committee formed by V. Navarro, J. Benach, D. Steinwachs, M. Clua, K. Pollack and S. Sarasa.
    The Master's Degree in Public and Social Policy, taught in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, provides the training and tools necessary to develop responses to current social needs. Through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training, the programme aims to train professionals capable of responding to social needs and solving all kinds of social problems.
     
  • Postgraduate Course in Total Supply Chain Management.
    Business Administration and Management Area.
    Directed by: Oriol Montanyà.
    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of supply chains within the framework of business strategy, showing that a good part of the solidity of a business rests on the quality of the mechanisms that have to guarantee the supply of products or services, both under normal conditions and in exceptional situations.
     
  • Postgraduate in Management of Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR).
    Business Administration and Management Area.
    Directed by: Susana Domingo, Ester Oliveras, and Xavier Carbonell.
    The main objective is to train professionals who can generate value in the business environment and in society, working for a global, sustainable, and inclusive economy.
     
  • Postgraduate in Management Development in Sustainable Business.
    Business Administration and Management Area.
    Directed by: Marcos Eguiguren Huerta, Mónica Pérez Clausen, Jaime Batlle Segura, and Francesc Mayné.
    The Postgraduate in Management Development in Sustainable Business trains managers and executives of organizations whose responsibility is to generate value in the environment of the Green Transition, one of the central pillars of sustainability.
     
  • A new city model: Smart City.
    Creativity and Technology Area.
    Directed by: Carles Martín.
    New technologies are producing radical changes in urban centres. We need to plan and design strategies that allow us to achieve more liveable and sustainable cities.
     
  • Sustainability Marketing.
    Marketing and Branding Area.
    Directed by: Josep Maria Galí.
    Management incorporating a vision of economic, environmental, and social sustainability has become an obligation for all companies in order to be competitive.