On March 12, 2016, the Governing Bodies of VIU convened in San Servolo for the meetings of the Assembly and the Board of Directors. On that occasion, Professor Carlo Giupponi was elected as the new Dean of VIU.
Professor Giupponi succeeds Professor Agar Brugiavini, who held the position of Dean of VIU from 2012 to 2016.
Professor Giupponi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Ca' Foscari University Venice and Director of the Interdepartmental VICCS Centre (Venice Centre for Climate Studies).
His research activity focuses on sustainability, valuation methods, the integrated assessment and management of natural resources, with a focus on water and agriculture and the interactions with global change drivers.
He is currently responsible for several European and national projects in the fields of climate change, water management, agri-environmental policy and water pollution. He has authored or co-authored over 230 scientific and professional papers. He is currently a member of several scientific societies, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), a member of the council of the European Climate Forum.
At the end of 2015, VIU entered the United Nations Global Compact, a United Nations initiative that aims to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
After this first success, on February 23, 2016, VIU also joined as Founding Member the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation. Launched in 1999, the Global Compact initiative counts today 13000 corporate and other stakeholders participants, in 161 countries worldwide.
Companies and institutions joining the Global Compact initiative publicly commit to align their corporate strategies and operations with the 10 Global Compact Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and to take steps to support UN goals, in order to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.
The local networks, as the Global Compact Network Italia, work to advance the initiative and its 10 Principles at country level. They help companies understand what responsible business means within different national, cultural and language contexts and facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue, collective action and partnerships.
The commitments and the achievements of the Members are periodically assessed through the submission of a report, namely the Communication on Progress (COP) or Communication of Engagement (COE). This document reports on the benefits of Sustainability – in terms of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption - for the Member institution, including, for example, the integration of corporate sustainability into operations, the internal information sharing, and the strengthening of the relationships with stakeholders and investors.
In October 2015 a delegation of Rectors and Professors from the VIU Member Universities headed by VIU President Ambassador Umberto Vattani was received at the Presidential Palace in Rome.
The President of the Italian Republic, the Hon. Sergio Mattarella, expressed in his speech his praise and admiration for such an innovative and successful example of a multicultural and interdisciplinary academic venture.
The speech can be found on Youtube at this link.
Photo by Jordi Peralta
The prestigious University of Bordeaux, France, officially became a Member of VIU on Saturday, October 31 2015.
The President of the University, Professor Manuel Tunon de Lara, was warmly welcomed by the President of VIU, Ambassador Umberto Vattani, by the Dean, Professor Agar Brugiavini and the other Members of VIU during a meeting of the Assembly and the Board of Directors that took place exceptionally in Rome as part of the program of special celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the foundation of VIU.
On October 15-16, major experts from academia and industry, together with policy makers and NGOs representatives will be gathered at Venice International University to bring personal experiences, empirical evidence and institutional positions on the issue of sustainability in the automotive industry.
Through presentations, keynote speeches and open discussions the Symposium will contribute to build a shared vision on sustainability. Specifically,the discussion will address the following key-questions:
- Which are the main differences in the sustainability regulation between Asia, Europe and America?
How do these differences affect the competitive ecosystem? Is there a unique perspective on what
sustainability means across global corporations, or there is rather a variety of standpoints?
- Do investments in sustainability operated by firms affect their financial performance? Which is the
rationale for a company for investing in sustainability and disclosing the actual sustainability results?
- Do the final market (consumers) perceive the sustainability issue as a relevant factor in orienting the
purchase process and, in general, the choice of a product?