Meaningful collaboration with TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Established in 1936, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has a rich legacy of social research. It has contributed continually towards creating an ecologically sustainable and just society by catering to the emerging needs of India. TISS offers some of the most contemporary and socially relevant study programs in social sciences and applied human service professions.
With a special emphasis on marginalized and vulnerable groups, the diverse social research areas of institute include – climate change and action, sustainability and renewable energy, disability and access, mental health, gender studies, migrants and migration, human trafficking, and disaster risk management.
Voluntas and TISS recognize each other’s common interest in exploring the relationship between Sustainability and Meaningfulness and the potential implications this may have on current ESG reporting frameworks
Whilst there exists an abundance of well-defined indicators to measure and track company efforts in the realm of “Environment” and “Governance”, what constitutes social impact can be given even more attention.
Current dimensions such as customer satisfaction, labor standards, safety conditions are often measured by prescribed indicators which only partially captures the lived experience of company beneficiaries, employees, and local communities. As such, TISS and Voluntas are committed to explore a more inclusive framework to capture the meaning organizations can generate for their (1) employees (2) local communities (3) city and (4) customers and suppliers.
The MoU rests on three main pillars
This will be done through jointly drafting whitepapers supported by TISS students’ urban and rural fieldwork as well as the preparation and teaching of ESG reporting courses directed towards companies and municipalities in Maharashtra.
The partnership also includes internship opportunities for TISS master students at Voluntas’ Mumbai office.
Voluntas is very proud to have entered an academic partnership with such an esteemed academic institution and look forward to working alongside the Labour Market Research Facility and Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability over the next three years.
Bridging Academia and Meaningfulness in the MENA region
On September 15th, 2022, Voluntas and the Arab Master’s program in Democracy and Human Rights, “Global Campus – Arab World” signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), laying the foundation for a new era of cross-sector collaboration in the MENA region.
The world’s most human university with meaningfulness on the curriculum list
Esbjerg wants to create the world’s most human university with a central focus on education, human development and a high degree of belonging.
Voluntas and the star architect company Bjarke Ingels group are supporting the project.
Based on Morten Albæks philosophy of a meaningful life, the students must embark on an educational journey based on becoming self-realized people who master their encounters with life’s coincidences, opportunities, and challenges.
Voluntas launches “Nos Racines – Our Roots”: Preventing violent extremism in Tunisia, with a special focus on youth and women.
In recent years, Tunisia has undergone profound political and social changes and currently faces a severe economic crisis The unemployment rate reached 18.4% in 2021, with 40% of under 25s and 24.8% of women out of work. There are growing disparities in living standards between regions and political participation has declined.
Within this context, radicalisation, and exposure to violent extremism –in part linked to the phenomenon of the return of jihadist fighters (foreign fighters) – is a major challenge in Tunisia, particularly among marginalized youth. This risk is aggravated by the lack of detection mechanisms throughout the country and the absence of continuous dialogue between young people and public authorities, particularly the security sector.