CEMS commitment to an ethical and responsible approach to management education includes a strong focus on sustainability. We want to raise awareness of the issue and do our best to become more sustainable global citizens. Every semester we select an overarching topic we want to explore in more detail with a regional focus on South Korea.

Topic Spring 2019: “Recycling”

During the spring semester 2019, we will publish updates on our learning journey about recycling in South Korea and the actions we should take to lead the world into a more sustainable future…stay tuned!

Sustainability Week

In the beginning of April, we organized the CEMS sustainability week. The goal was to raise awareness about our personal recycling practices through practical challenges.

Challenge #1
On the first day, we watched the movie “The True Cost of Fashion” and the challenge was to bring a zero waste snack to the event.

There are numerous ways to reduce the packaging waste related to food. How about eating your food, and the packaging too?

Challenge #2
According to Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder “the secret to eliminating waste is to first detect it.” This is exactly what we did! The challenge was to take a picture every time you throw something away for one day.

Feel like finding out more about the history of waste in East Asia?

Challenge #3
Since well-established recycling practices are key to reducing the ecological footprint we encouraged participants to calculate their own.

Want to calculate your own ecological footprint?

(International) Challenge #4
We also participated in the “Blue Bottle” initiative started by the CEMS Club Hong Kong. The goal is to encourage people to use reusable water bottles instead of single-serving bottles and thereby reduce the negative impact on the environment.


Are you also thinking about switching to reusable water bottles? Below you will find a link to the 8 best reusable water bottles to help save the planet.

Koreans are turning into food waste warriors

The world wastes more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food each year. The planet’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe. Now South Korea is taking a lead, recycling 95% of its food waste.

Circular Fashion

Our city hosted the Seoul Fashion Week from the 19th to the 24th of March 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to promote the concept of “circular fashion”. The World Economic Forum has recently published an eye-opening video revealing the current state of the fashion industry…

Let us move towards “circular fashion”!

We want to be part of the change and will therefore set up our own “drop-off-old-clothes” location in June. Our goal is to collect as many items as possible and feed it back into the system.

Is it possible to become a zero-waste town?

The village of Kamikatsu sits among verdant rice fields and mountainous forest on the Western Japanese island of Shikoku. With less than 1,700 residents, it’s the smallest village on the island, but for the last few years, has been garnering headlines around the world. What can we learn from our neighboring country?