Responsibility at CBS

Sustainable Campus

In line with the recent amendment to Principle 2 Values, that of the addition organisational practices and in our endeavours to meet the SDG’s CBS PRME is, in collaboration with other stakeholders across CBS, working towards creating a more sustainable campus. Our contributions lie in the facilitation of dialogue and collaboration on how to implement more sustainable practises on campus. It is our ambition to make CBS a leader and inspiration to the global PRME community in terms of how to engage students, faculty and staff in making universities more sustainable institutions.




Sustainable events at CBS   

The Sustainable Consumption Conference 2018 (SCORAI) held at Copenhagen Business School facilitated the debate across topics of sustainable behaviors and practices. At the conference sustainable initiatives were taken with the aim to inspire others to reflect how we can take sustainability to another level. Some of the initiatives implemented were;

  • Vegetarian menu
  • Paperless
  • Retap bottles
  • Key Hangers - made from recycled polyester, read more
  • T-shirts – made from 100% organic Fairtrade cotton, read more

Vegetarian Menu
Overall, a vegetarian menu performed better than a meat based on impact factors such as global warming, water consumption, etc. Read more about the first vegetarian policy implemented at CBS below. Vegetarian orders for events at CBS can be made here.

Save paper by making your event paperless. Designing posters of the event/conference programme and placing them in A signs (size 70cm * 100cm) is a good alternative to printing programmes for all participants. You can also consider having a conference app where participants can access all necessary information. At the Sustainable Consumption Conference 2018 the app Sched was implemented.

"Sched is a website that helps you create a nicely looking schedule for your event–be it a multi-day conference or just a single-day workshop. It can be used free of charge and provides an easy-to-use interface to enter information into the system, such as session name, presenters, attendees, duration. Once all information has been added to Sched, the organizer can share a URL with all participants that they can access both on their laptop and smartphones and in this way follow the event easily without getting lost." Read more

Retap Bottles
For every time the bottle is reused the impacts are divided out on the total number of uses. This means that the second time a bottle is used the impacts are divided in half. The third time it is used it will only be credited for 33% of the total impact. When the reusable glass bottles is used for the 7th time, it will be a more sustainable solution. Read more about Retap bottles here

What happens next?
It is the ambition the sustainability initiatives implemented at the Sustainable Consumption Conference are to set a new standard for hosting events and conference at CBS. There will be produced a video showcasing the conference days and various sustainability initiatives, and the data and learnings from the conference will be made into a Sustainable Events Guide Book to be distributed across CBS.

For further questions, please contact Louise Thomsen,


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Prevention of food waste

By the end of 2017, Spisestuerne launched their new initiative against food waste: food-waste boxes. Every day from 2 PM and later from 7 PM, anyone can fill a box with leftovers for a set price of DKK 15. Spisestuerne throws out 3-5 percent of the food from the five buffets around CBS’ campus. By implementing this initiative, which is still a pilot project, Spisestuerne has managed to reduce food waste. Furthermore, they have gained valuable experience and can improve their food production strategy in the long run. It is through initiatives like this that turn CBS' campus into a greener and more sustainable place.

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Food Waste

Vegetarian Default Policy

In October 2017, The Department for Management, Society and Communication implemented the first vegetarian policy at CBS. The vegetarian policy entails that whenever a colleague wishes to order food for an event, only vegetarian food will be served unless specifically requested otherwise. The setup mirrors how dietary requirements are currently specified except that from now on people wanting a meat-based meal have to specify this wish. The default will therefore not undermine the freedom of choice as anyone who wants to eat meat is free to do so.
With support from the department and in close collaboration with Spisestuerne, the policy is now being rolled out as a pilot project over the next 6 months. After the 6 month’s trial period, the effect of the policy will be evaluated and potential adjustments made.

Since its implementation in October, the department has received information on 508 ordered meals, whereof 375 meals (74%have been vegetarian.

If you want to know more about the vegetarian default policy, you can contact the Sustainable Infrastructure Taskforce:



Sidst opdateret: PRME // 09/07/2018