Sustainability in the social economy

Sustainability management is becoming more and more important in companies. In the social economy, the topic has so far been virtually unheard of. FH Campus Wien wants to change that now and anchor sustainability in education and training in the future. An international project team has been working on the development of a suitable teaching module since September 2020.

"If you look at it holistically, i.e. from an ecological, economic and social perspective, sustainability is something that is very important for social enterprises. Nevertheless, for a variety of reasons it currently hardly plays a role," says Peter Stepanek from FH Campus Wien, where he heads the EU funded project eco3. The aim of the project is to give new impulses in terms of sustainability in the social economy, to create awareness and to further develop the degree program Social Economy and Social Work and in this regard: "Together with our partners from Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania, we will research the aspects of sustainability that are relevant from the perspective of the social economy. We want to set up a suitable teaching module with which we can prepare our students as best as possible for the topic of sustainability in their future management activities," explains Stepanek.

Joint pioneering work

The new teaching module will summarize the ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development from the perspective of the social economy and ideally consist of three courses. They will be integrated into the curriculum. In terms of content, it should not only be about the conditions in Austria, but rather sustainability in the social economy should be viewed and implemented internationally. The participating universities from Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania bring the different country perspectives to the project. The consortium is also working on the development of modern teaching and learning materials, including gamification elements. In the “Green Monopoly” simulation game, students will in future get to know the complexity of day-to-day management with regard to sustainability and experience it using different scenarios.


The project eco3 - Sustainability Management and Green Controlling in the Social Economy is a joint project of FH Campus Wien, the University of Ostrava (CZ), the Babes Bolyai University (RU), the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (D), the akaryon GmbH (AT) and xit GmbH (D). It is funded by the EU program Erasmus+ and will run until 2023.

This project is funded with support from the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author(s); the Commission is not responsible for the further use of the information contained therein.

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Vertragsnummer: 2020-1-AT01-KA203-078028