Attitude and Success

Resource scarcity, climate change, financial crises, demographic developments, technological advances and international supply chains pose major challenges for responsible companies and organisations. New approaches and "out-of-the-box thinking" are more in demand than ever.

The master's course Sustainability & Responsible Management offers you innovative models to run businesses sustainably while maintaining their competitiveness. In 2014 the course was awarded the Sustainability Award for "Teaching and Curricula".

Your network is also sustainable: the UAS BFI Vienna is a member of respACT (Austrian Business Council for sustainable development) and a member of the UN Global Compact UNGC. The scientific director Mag.a Karin Huber-Heim is a member of the Austrian "UN Global Compact Steering Committee".

The UN‘s Sustainable Development Goals and the MIT Sloane School of Management‘s Climate Change Negotiation Simulation are an essential part of the curriculum. Thus you can span the arc from theory to practice and also experience the negotiating dynamics with different stakeholder groups.


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are an integral part of the curriculum. You learn how to make the transition from theory to practice and extend your network by forging new contacts to key stakeholders.

Mag.a Karin Huber-Heim, Scientific Director, UAS Lecturer, CSR and communication

"A sustainable economy needs managers with integrity and foresight. Our program trains executives who are able to manage the complexity of global value chains as well as the claims of different stakeholders responsibly."

Mag. Reinhard Friesenbichler, lecturer

"Ultimately, it is the financial market that makes resources available for or withdrawn them from companies and projects. To understand and to use this is the core issue of a sustainable investment."

Modul 1: Grundlagen

  • Introduction: Responsible Business & Sustainable Development SDGs - Vision, Mission, Goals & Targets for Sustainability
  • SDG Action Manager Ethik & Unternehmen - Individual-, Sozial- und Institutionenethik Internationale Richtlinien: SDGs, UNGC, ISO2600, OECD
  • Betriebswirtschaftliche Grundlagen & ökonomische Theorien für das 21.Jhd
  • Collaboration, Cooperation, Empowerment: The Climate Negotiation-Experiment / MIT Scenario Tool

Modul 2: Stakeholder Engagement

  • Identification and Engagement of Stakeholders
  • Expectations and Relationship Management
  • Stakeholder Theorie und Praxis
  • Stakeholder Mapping & Landkarte
  • Community Engagement I - Methods and Digital Tools for Stakeholder Engagement

Modul 3: Unternehmerische Verantwortungsübernahme

  • Strategisches Management, Relevanz & Wesentlichkeit - Value Chain, Impacts, Materialitymatrix, Sphere of Influence
  • Sustainable Growth Discovery
  • Unternehmensfootprint & Science Based Target Initiative
  • SDG Compass & Impact Reporting (Digitales Kennzahlenmonitoring &-management)

Modul 4: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten

  • Empirie, Theorie, Forschungsmethodik (qual. & quant.)Hypothesen, Forschungsfragen, Untersuchungsdesign

Modul 5: Kernthemen gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung

  • Corporate Governance (Organisationsführung, Compliance, CoC, ..) Design for Impact: Measurement & Reporting Menschenrechte I - UN B&HR, Unternehmenspraxis, Vorsorgeprinzip, Due Diligence, Compliance Menschenrechte II - Sensibilisierung und Antidiskriminierung CSR related standards : Labour - OHSAS 18000, SA 8000Climate & Energy Management: ISO 14000 & Life Cycle Assessment Fair Operating Practices: Anti-Corruption / UNDOC Online Test & Zertifikat Responsible Supply Chain Management / Blockchain Technology & Kollaboration

Modul 6: Strategic Sustainability

  • Nachhaltiges Investment - Auswirkungen, Trends, Indizes, Ratings / Portfoliobewertungstool Changeprozesse auf Organisationsebene SDG Compass & Ressourcen: GHG Protocol Scope 3 Evaluator, Social Hotspots Database, Human Rights and Business Country Guide, WBCSD Global Water Tool, Poverty Footprint Tool Integrated Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Management / Nutzung digitaler Management-Tools Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Theory und Practice - Austrian SME case studies Public Policy: SDGs, Corporate Responsibility & Environmental Policy

Modul 7: Methoden

  • Community Engagement: Methods and Digital Tools for Stakeholder Engagement II: miro, slack, kahoot, mentimeter,, mastodon,, etc. Systems Perspectives for the SDGs Systems Thinking in Practice Organisationskultur und - analyse

Modul 8: Leadership

  • Designing Your Life: Design Thinking on an individual level I Designing Your Life: Design Thinking on an individual level II Sustainable Leadership Leadership & Dilemma Management

Modul 9: Next Economy

  • Circular Economy: School of Thoughts and Regulative Framework on EU levelCircular Business Modell Innovation and Finance Perspective Circular Value Chain Modeling Circular Economy Tool Box - Ellen McArthur & TU Delft Method Collaborative Innovation / Innovation Sprint ModelReflexion & Prüfungsvorbereitung/ Meet & Greet

Planspiel Klimakonferenz

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The programme at a glance


Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainability and Responsible Management




EUR 9,000 (VAT-free, can be paid in instalments on request). Financial aid for applicants with primary residence in Vienna.


German and English


October 2022


Three semesters

Study places

Part-time, 20 / year

Contact hours

  • 1st and 2nd semester 1 block week/semester, 3rd semester 2 block weeks (Mon-Sat)
  • Friday afternoons and Saturdays (daytime) at three-week intervals
  • Blended learning units

Target groups

  • Managers in the public and private sectors, and at NGOs
  • CSR, environmental
  • HR, quality and communication managers
  • Corporate consultants and
  • Project managers

Admission requirements

  • Recognised academic degree (bachelor or higher) or equivalent (CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme)
  • Proof of necessary basic knowledge from a related degree programme (ECTS credits for CSR and diversity-related courses)
  • Good German and English skills, written application
  • Interview

Applicants who have completed the CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme can join the programme in semester 3.



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At the Executive Education Center your studies are ...

  • practice-oriented - with lecturers from industry and academics
  • innovative - through online and face-to-face offers
  • interdisciplinary - thanks to programmes from different fields
  • part-time - with compact study periods or online offers
  • familiar - in small, motivated groups with dedicated lecturers
  • international - connected to a worldwide network
  • affordable - thanks to deductibility and financial support