Sustainable development which means development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity today.There is an urgent need to bring the context of sustainability to the focus in India and lead the current international sustainability debates and applications. Drawing inspiration from the Jesuit tradition of learning and care for environment, human development and sustainable communities and societies the Xavier University Bhubaneswar(XUB) in keeping with its vision and mission hopes to promote values of greater environmental justice and peace and thus create enlightened innovative programme to bring about change in the way corporate business is carried out in our society and economy.
Sustainability has become a guiding principle and a strategy for business growth. Business corporations, UN agencies, government departments, civil society and other development actors are seeking a different cadre of human resources who can align profit with ecological and social mission.
“Thus, we take the first steps, knowing we have a Planet to Heal, a Planet to Save for ourselves and our future generations. We have a duty to care for the Planet. We have a duty to fulfill joyfully towards our Common Future! Therefore, let us
Know the Way, Be the Way and Walk the Way.
Prof. Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J.
Vice-Chancellor, XUB and Director, XIMB
The role of universities in this context assumes significance in order to create and nurture the next generation of managers and leaders who can anchor and accelerate sustainability as a strategy for economic growth and sustainable human development. Building on XIMB’s uncompromising spirit of connecting business and society, XUB has decided to respond to the global call to promote the cause of sustainability. The Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) is established in XUB to fulfil XUB’s social and environmental mission of bringing about transformation in our society.
The school, being the first of its kind in India, is focused towards enabling the creation of sustainable businesses in India. It aims to create citizens who are dynamic, vibrant, but most importantly care deeply for all the stakeholders in a business – people, profits and the planet. Through this school we endeavour to create better leaders for a better world, better leaders for a sustainable world. This is a testimony and a testament to our commitment to join the global movement for protecting Earth’s systems and resources.