A Global Good Commitment Grounded in Our Roots

The goal of our Global Good Commitment is to ensure that we are doing all that we can to be an active participant in bettering the world. We take this work seriously. We are conscious that our actions are interconnected and have impact, and we know that this is a continuous journey towards change. We continue to learn, adapt, and assess to ensure we are an informed participant in doing more good than harm.  

Since the first IES Abroad students arrived in Vienna in 1950, we have seen study abroad as a catalyst for peace and change. Alongside this belief, we know that our work, and the values that drive our work, require constant assessing, learning, and adaptation. In 2021, facing a range of crises around the world, from climate issues to systemic racism and inequities within our communities, we saw the need to highlight and elevate our mission, initiatives, and programming in global good.

Thus, the Global Good Commitment was borne. Drawn from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, this multifaceted approach to creating a more sustainable and just world grounds who we are and what we do within four key categories:

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People & Equity
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Education, Academics, Curriculum, & Career-Readiness
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Sustainable Operations & Services
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Engagement & Resources

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“As a study abroad provider, we have a responsibility and a unique opportunity to be a catalyst for change. Our programs are integral in training the leaders of tomorrow and we must be an example for our students. We are committed to doing the work to make a valuable impact on the world beyond purchasing carbon offsets.”
Gregory Hess, Ph.D. • President & CEO at IES Abroad