UNPRME Sustainability Report Award Honors BSU & Oliver Russell Collaboration

Jul 20, 2017

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Students of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University 

Here at Oliver Russell we believe in helping those who are making a difference in the world. That’s why we jumped at the chance to collaborate with the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) at Boise State University (BSU) to create their sustainability report. We’re proud to say that the report, organized by graduate students in the College of Business and Economics (COBE), was recently recognized by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UNPRME) as one of the top ten sustainability reports of 2015.

UNPRME selected our report from hundreds of reports it received between 2015 and 2017. We are proud of the BSU student reporting team—they belong to one of only a few universities in the world that put students at the center of this work.

The project, led by COBE’s RBI Director, Angeli Weller, and Graduate Intern, Taylor Reed, was created to gauge and analyze the university’s environmental, social and economic footprint.  Fifteen students conducted extensive research under the direction of university faculty and other stakeholders. The report showcases the university as a socially responsible institution with a focus on making positive impacts in the community.

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Boise State University

Simplifying Sustainability Reporting

Following a request to make the content digestible by a large array of readers—from business owners to prospective students—Oliver Russell started by analyzing 60+ pages of research-driven copy. Producing a data- and metrics-heavy report for a sizable audience that is comprehensible and cohesive is no problem for our team.  We developed a plan to transform the data-focused content into a colorful display of graphics and visuals that would present the information in a straightforward, effortless way. We designed our report with data points that highlighted important information and allowed readers to scan the report without reading it in its entirety. 

Yesterday, UNPRME recognized the report, RBI and COBE at its 20th anniversary celebration at the United Nations. 

Taylor Reed Award

Graduate Intern, Taylor Reed, accepting the award at the UNPRME 20th Anniversary Celebration