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We are a student-led, international
organization promoting sustainability in
economics and management.

Featured

Students’ role in making their university a pioneer in sustainability – Sustainability Days at the University of Graz

09 December 2020 | Featured

Sustainability Days is a long-running annual project organized at the University of Graz by students in cooperation with oikos Graz and other organizations since 2016. This year it made it into the finals of the International Green Gown Awards, gaining recognition as a highly commended project.

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oikos is growing into a fully remote organization

23 November 2020 | Featured

Over the past months, the virtual world has become an ever-more tangible reality for many who shifted to remote work, whether they wanted or not. At oikos International, we started with shifting our work to the clouds back in 2016 – with the whole management team working remotely since the beginning of 2019. The sole exception: the president. Now, we are taking a leap to remove this exception…

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Defining Sustainability: oikos’ understanding of sustainability & sustainable development

14 October 2020 | Featured

What does sustainability mean? Why and how do we act and inspire towards sustainability as an organization? How do we make sure that the change we make is sustainable as such? Many questions – here we outline some answers that manifest our standpoint from a scientific perspective.

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News

01 March 2021 | News

Dear Community, We are glad to invite you to join our DACH regional meeting that takes place, next Sunday, 7 March, 5-7pm. Members from oikos chapters from the DACH-region will take part. We will meet on Zoom and... »

26 February 2021 | News

The Chapter Days are your opportunity to meet the international community, exchange and learn from each other or even facilitate a session yourself. The event is created from chapters for chapters. The goals are:– creating a community and... »

22 February 2021 | News

Young people all around the world can now apply for a fully-funded ticket to attend the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event in Milan, Italy! Convened by the Government of Italy, the event will take place from September 28th to... »

19 February 2021 | News

The Carbon Literacy Training was developed by Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK in collaboration with the PRME Champions, the PRME Working Group on Climate Change, oikos International, and the Carbon Literacy Project.  This Programme equips you... »

15 February 2021 | News

oikos is a student organization with an inspiring story and rich history spanning over three decades. No doubt that, looking at what oikos is today, the ‘original’ oikees from back in 1987 would be proud of what our... »

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Community

"We set up a Hand Papermaking Studio at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India, where I am an architecture student. The idea is to initiate disabled people into producing handmade paper on a commercial scale to make an honest living, which will create livelihood opportunities. The initiative is successful and ready to be replicated."

Pranav Gajar, oikos Ahmedabad

"oikos instilled me and my fellow students with knowledge, skills and values that help in shaping a sustainable future. oikos motivates and supports our passion for sustainability by providing us with institutional learning processes and encouraging us to think critically and make collaborative decisions about the future. oikos is a family spread over different continents, yet connected by a common goal and motive, ie. to be the change in building the bridge for sustainability in economics and management."

Naimat Chopra, oikos New Delhi

“The 3 years that I spent with oikos were amazing and I feel that I was really lucky to have had this opportunity. In my PhD I looked at sustainable entrepreneurial businesses and their growth strategies. One of the problems associated with business growth is that it often results in mission drift, or in other words a refocus of attention from social or environmental mission to profit generation. I was intrigued to identify business models that help sustainable businesses avoid mission drift.”

Liudmila Chambers, Winner, Best Management PhD Thesis Award 2014, University of St. Gallen; Former oikos PhD Fellow 2009 - 2012; Faculty, University of Bath, UK

"We trust in the highly committed members of oikos and in their mission to integrate sustainability issues at the world’s faculties for economics and management. The academic approach promotes awareness and sustainability-driven innovation so future decision makers will make a difference. That’s why Avina Stiftung has been supporting oikos for many years."

Sibylle Feltrin, Director, Avina Stiftung

"For me organizing the oikos Summer School was quite challenging. I was responsible for not only the administrational part of the project but I also took part in academic issues. I improved my knowledge in this field and got more practical experience as visiting some enterprises with participants. Working with them was very interesting and worthy. I am a member of oikos Tbilisi and oikos has a great influence on me. After every project, I realize how important sustainability is.The one thing I love the most is the possibility of sharing experiences and opinions."

Ani Loumuri, oikos Tbilisi

"Since 2007, the Mercator Foundation Switzerland has been supporting oikos on both academic and student projects. The "mix" of student activism on the chapter level and oikos' global academic activities position it as a unique organization. We appreciate the engagement and high qualification of oikos members and the diversity of approaches to promote sustainability in Economics and Management."

Nadine Felix, Stiftung Mercator, Switzerland

“I found out that the more inspiring and talented people I meet, the more I feel that it is worth trying to encourage students, academia, businesses and governments to think and actually act sustainably. Being part of the oikos community is giving me the belief that we have the power to make things different."

Maja Horniecka, Chief organiser, oikos Central and Eastern European Meeting; President 2014, oikos Prague, Czech Republic

“I did not realise for a long time how orthodox the economics curriculum is, because I was not taking the classes. Now a group of students have organised a lecture series where students teach other students about other schools of economic thinking, which they are not taught otherwise. I would love to collaborate with them and use the oikos community to expand those activities.”

Renée Horster, Member, oikos St. Andrews, UK

“The oikos Asia Meet was my first event with oikos. There was not a minute in the three days that I felt bored or out of place. The workshop and field trip were extraordinary and very educating. To summarize in one sentence, I attended the Asia Meet as a guest and on the third day I walked out of the venue wanting to be a member of oikos."

Nimisha Ghorpade, editor, oikos Newsteam, India