Sustainability

KTU is integrating the United Nations sustainable development goals (17SDG) in all areas of its activity. The University aims to develop responsible future leaders and specialists in their areas, and attempts to achieve long-term goals concerning well-being of people and environment.

KTU is integrating the United Nations sustainable development goals (17SDG) in all areas of its activity. The University aims to develop responsible future leaders and specialists in their areas, and attempts to achieve long-term goals concerning well-being of people and environment. Following the guidelines of socially responsible activities, the University conducts educational activities, initiates projects; the principles of sustainable development are integrated in various University’s activities.

According to this attitude, the University aims for new knowledge and technologies to serve for the well-being of the people and the environment. It includes focusing on cultivating the culture of sustainable development and responsibility within the University’s community and strengthening of the University’s responsibility to the environment, society and region.

KTU acts in a responsible manner based on the common university values:

  • Sustaining spirit and traditions of the University of Lithuania
  • Responsibility to society
  • Cooperation
  • Transparency of activities
  • Pro-activeness
  • Creativity
  • Professionalism
  • Academic integrity
  • Constant improvement

Responsible attitude towards environment and the society at the University is based on the philosophy of sustainable development activities, such as:

  • Introducing the instruments of responsible and sustainable development at the University
  • Conducting educational activities
  • Initiating projects and activities contributing to the sustainability of the University, region and the world
  • Integrating sustainable development principles in various University’s activities: studies, research and administrative processes, enhancing the awareness and involvement of KTU community and improvement of its infrastructure
  • Cooperation in one of the main principles for the sustainability of environment, society and economic well-being

Division coordinating the activities:
KTU Internal Communications

Tel. +370 (608) 21 745

Email sustainability@ktu.lt

 

KTU guidelines for sustainable development activities are based on:

In 09 2015 the United Nations General Assembly announced 17 global sustainable development goals (SDG17), 169 tasks and 230 indicators that are planned to be implemented till 2030.

SDG17 is a strategic direction of global development oriented to various participants, including implementation of courageous change-promoting instruments.

Essence is to take immediate actions to “shift the world in sustainable and flexible direction” “leaving no one aside”, because the implementation is based on “overall beneficial cooperation between the present and future generations”.

5 key elements (5P) that SDG17 actions are directed towards:

  • people
  • planet
  • prosperity
  • peace
  • partnership

The basis of the sustainable development concept is a constructive interaction of three key components – environment, economy and society.

It is dedicated to the generation that can be named as:

  • the first generation to succeed in ending poverty
  • the last generation to have a chance of saving the planet

KTU sustainable development related activities are implemented according to the programmes of the United Nations:

10 UN Global Compact Principles UN Global Compact (Principles)

Global Compact is the largest voluntary social responsibility initiative of companies/corporations that has two main goals:

1) To help companies introduce the principles of Global Compact in their business strategy

2) To promote cooperation and partnership between various sectors within and outside the state to achieve the universal goals of global development

Global Compact is based on the principles of human rights, labour force and environmental protection that are established in the following international documents:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Labour Organisation Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • United Nations Convention against Corruption

Human rights

Principle 1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

Principle 2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

 

Labour force

Principle 3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

Principle 4. Elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

Principle 5. Abolition of child labour.

Principle 6. Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

 

Environment

Principle 7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

Principle 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Principle 9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

 

Anti-corruption

Principle 10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

 

Integration of sustainable development at KTU

Sustainable development goal (SDG) – #4 Quality education – is one of the main goals reflected in the University’s activities.

Cultivation of sustainable development culture and the University’s responsible approach is being shaped by all its activities – from providing studies and conducting scientific research, to the management of the University’s infrastructure, which all are contributing to the sustainable solutions relevant to society, business, region and environment.

Therefore, targeted University’s partnership (goal #17) with business, social and other scientific and non-governmental organisations directly influences and creates value for Kaunas region and Lithuania, while international partnerships lead to the implementation of regional or global challenges.

The University’s direct activities do not contradict any values of sustainability introduced in the process of research and studies, they contribute to the consolidation of these values and demonstration of good examples.

Scientific research and results integrate SDG17 and directly contribute to the regional and KTU sustainability.

The University’s students acquire knowledge and understanding of how to contribute to the creation of sustainable future.

The University’s community is encouraged, enabled and supported in their contribution to KTU and regional sustainability via their personal activities and those of their division.

KTU infrastructure and administrative activities are an example of the implementation of sustainable development goals.

KTU sustainable development strategy and activities received an international award of the European Union – QUESTE-SI accreditation.

KTU received QUESTE-SI award for sustainable development activities in 2013.

KTU – “The Most efficient Energy User” – ESO “Green Protocol”, 2013.

PR Lapės 2014. For publicising of the long-term, nature-friendly and most economic initiative, 2015.

Award of Kaunas City Municipality – To the educational institution that cycled the most kilometres in the European Cycling Challenge in Kaunas, 2016.

Award of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania for the events of the Week for Waste Reduction in 2016, 2017.

 

Partners, cooperation, associations

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