IE Center for Social Innovation & Sustainability

Driving Impact through Knowledge Generation and Partnerships


At IE, Social Innovation and Sustainability are key drivers to pursue our mission to shape leaders with a global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations. As a leader in higher education, we have a paramount role to play in instilling a purposeful search for positive impact in our community as we frame together a better present and future. Being a founding member of Spain’s Global Compact Network, we believe in the potential of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to advance our contribution to the world's most pressing challenges. We work towards our mission by promoting Social Innovation and Sustainability academic content across IE’s Schools and Programs, encouraging research in the topic and collaborating with various partners internationally. IE University has an inherently innovative spirit, with initiatives blossoming everywhere. With this in mind, our aim is to promote a collaborative effort by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and resources within our IE community and between our broader partner network and us.


(Social) Entrepreneurship

Technology based social innovation

Conscious Leadership


We are constantly on the lookout for corporate partners who want to get involved in social innovation initiatives. We are also open to collaborative efforts with exceptional alumni who might need additional resources in making their ideas or projects both a reality and a success. If you’d like to join in our cause, contact us.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiative

At IE, as a founding member of Spain’s Global Compact Network, we believe in the potential of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to coordinate, track and advance our contribution to the world's most pressing  challenges. IE’s participation in the Global Compact is channeled through IE’s Social Innovation Center, with Joaquin Garralda having been the first secretary of the Spanish Global Compact Network. Part of our work includes mapping all of the SDG activity that the IE Community has been involved in for many years.

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IE Alumni in Sustainability and Social Innovation Club

In our eagerness to join our Alumni interested in Sustainability and Social Innovation, the Center has created the IE Alumni in Sustainability and Social Innovation Club, a dialogue and cooperation platform for ie alumni interested in sustainability and social innovation. It will be the platform where they can discuss all related topics and cooperate to make a larger impact.

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Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation Boosted by IE

This initiative aims to support innovative solutions that have the potential to make a major social impact in three categories: 1. Improvements in health and digital technology (e-Health), 2. Innovation in insurance and 3. Mobility and road safety. Fundación MAPFRE and IE work with communities of social innovators in Brazil, LATAM (except Brazil) and Europe to identify projects that have the best chance of effecting social transformation. Finalists will receive support from mentors and specialized coaches to prepare their presentation in the Grand Finale , where 3 winners (one per category) will be presented with a donation of 30.000€ each to boost their projects.

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Digital Transformation for Inclusive Business Development

Students in IE's Master in Visual and Digital Media, as part of their online marketing course, will design online stores and marketing strategies for selected small local merchants and artisans. Thanks to the support from J.P. Morgan, beneficiaries participating in this project will receive the tailor-made working online stores and already optimized marketing strategies designed by students. Also, each beneficiaries will have a mentor to guide them as they incorporate online sales to their daily operations. This project combines fieldwork and academic research, aimed to design, develop and test a methodology to promote technology adoption among small business owners.

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Joaquín Garralda

Senior Advisor

Gustavo F-Mazarambroz

Project Lead / Engagement Director

Laura McDermott

Design Lead

Poliana Muñoz

Project Manager


A practical and hands-on approach is needed to solidify the education one seeks to acquire. IE offers that and more, nurturing entrepreneurs, future leaders and academia by providing content, courses, opportunities and a rich social experience, that can help them further your cause to create and promote a positive impact locally or internationally. Students participating in social impact projects can benefit academically, professionally, and personally. Supporting others allows our students to have a better learning experience.

Master in International Relations (MIR) Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

It allows students to understand the working and intricacies of social entrepreneurship turning their ideas into realities with consultation support from Third Half Soccer, Moringa Project and Alma Nativa.

Social Impact Project at Master in Customer Experience and Innovation (MCXI)

Students will work on a creative approach known as Human centered innovation, coming up with solutions to suit people’s needs first (collaboration with a social enterprise) all of this taking place in Spain approved by ANECA (Spanish accreditation).

International MBA (IMBA) Social Impact Project

Students will work with international field partners on strategic high-impact projects emerging from this more culturally sensitive, socially responsible, and self-aware of how to build a rewarding career.

MIF/MIAF: Financieros sin Fronteras (FSF)

As a Learning experience students will promote and Support financial inclusion with certain activities mainly in Africa where access to financial support is limited. You will help to eradicate poverty through entrepreneurship.



IE is a global leader in social innovation research. We highlight and help further research in social innovation by facilitating collaborative partnerships among scholars. IE’s research faculty have participated in successful publishing of several research projects on social impact, examples of which are the following:

Protocols & Agreements

The Paris Agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Future of the Carbon Market 2016 by Javier de Cendra de Larragán.

Identifying capabilities in innovation projects

Evidences from eHealth 2016 by Arenas, A E; Hidalgo, A; Urueña, A; Arenas Sarmiento, Alvaro.

Entrepreneurs in Community-Based Enterprises

Examining Gender Dynamics Within Entrepreneurial Teams by Julio Orlando de Castro Campbell,; L. Delgado-Marquez,; R. Justo.


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