CEMS Commitment to Sustainable Development

CEMS is a purpose led organization built on the beliefs that great leadership starts with self-leadership and societal progress requires continual exploration. We also believe that collaboration is the best way to solve big challenges and there’s huge power in being part of a global network. CEMS is much more than an academic programme, it's an alliance of academic institutions, corporate  visionaries, NGOs, and business leaders who seek to raise our collective global consciousness and create greater value for all through meaningful collaborations. Below you will find a number of activities CEMS is engaging in this area and in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Estoril Conferences


The Estoril Conferences explore the key challenges in our society and new ways of partnering for concrete solutions to act as a turning point to enter into a new era. This initiative brings together not only academics, practitioners, and experts in various SDG-related fields but also the Youth, tomorrow’s future leaders. In September 2022,  in collaboration with Nova SBE and CEMS, the initiative explored the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like climate action, purpose economy, artificial intelligence, and social inequalities to change our world. As drawn out in SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals - the UN SDGs represent an unprecedented political and international agreement on the world’s greatest challenges and the desired global level of progress and collaboration..

It is time to engage universities’ specialized talent and highly motivated students, ready to immerse themselves in the most complex and interdisciplinary topics of the Sustainable Development discipline, as a rewarding experience that results in social change. The next edition will be held on the 24 & 25 October, 2024! 

Principles for Responsible Management Education Report

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007. As a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, PRME equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. CEMS has been part of the PRME Initiative since 2010, establishing responsibility and interconnectivity as the main priorities towards building a better world. Through curricular and extracurricular activities, CEMS students are exposed to critical thinking and made aware of the challenges faced in today’s globalized world.


Model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

UNFCC 2023

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the annual meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP). The CEMS Climate Change Course and its Model UNFCCC is a semester-long lecture series on the topic of climate change and climate policy at the Masters-level. For over 15 years CEMS has encouraged students and academics to take part in the Model UNFCCC.

The lecture series are followed by a unique two-day simulation of UN climate negotiations, where over 150 students from 10 CEMS universities play the roles of government, non-government and industry representatives.

The 2024 MUNFCCC will be held at the Corvinus University of Budapest. 

New Generation Consulting: A New Approach To Consulting


NGC offers a new approach to consulting, where international students - pursuing a CEMS Master’s in International Management - work in virtual teams and act as consultants to help social organizations overcome business-related problems. The projects are led and supported by successful members of the CEMS Alumni, who are sitting in the offices of the biggest tech giants, consultancies, charities, or in the CEO chairs of some of the most innovative start-ups. They are also working in close collaboration with top consultancies such as McKinsey, BCG, and Bain, who provide advice and mentorship to the teams. Learn more: http://www.ngccems.org/ngc-home