Integrated Education for Sustainability - FIS

Integrated Education for Sustainability - FIS

Created in 2010, INTEGRATED EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY - FIS is an elective subject at FGV-EAESP that aims to promote an innovative structure and co-formative process to meet the demands of transformative education for sustainability and, consequently, instigate changes in the perception of educators-learners and student-learners.

FIS exemplifies a way of educating that takes into account the emergence of a present and active subject in the relationship with himself, with others and with the reality that surrounds him. It is from this point of view that FIS approaches the reality of the new generation of decision makers, knowledge and sustainability.

Thus, this discipline contributes to the emergence of leaders with a strategic and sustainable vision, able to deal with a complex reality and with a high demand for innovation - the true challenge of organizations that seek to be relevant now and in the future.


FIS is supported by a methodology of a transdisciplinary model, which leads students to gain a deep understanding of the challenges they face in addition to the necessary involvement to create integrated and innovative solutions. This model begins in the selecting process of choosing the fisers (as the FIS students are called), which in addition to presenting the course proposal, also involves the students in a dynamic that allows them to glimpse the co-formative process that will be experienced in case they are approved.

During the semester, students study a real project of a real organization, for which they must propose recommendations and / or solutions. This challenge makes up what we call the Reference Project. Each project developed by the fisers defines the content, the theory and the practical attitude that determines the scope of the course. The necessary content emerges from dialogue sessions, individual and collective reflections, films, round tables with specialists, field visits and games. This process is conducted through coaching.

As part of this methodology, students take a field trip - with an average duration of eight days - during which they a d take a deep immersion in the context of the Reference Project for the semester, based on Theory U conceived by Otto Scharmer (MIT).

At the end of the period, students present their conclusions, recommendations and / or proposals to a panel of stakeholders, specialists and academics.


FIS was born from the perception of international organizations, companies and civil society for the need of sustainability to be integrated into the current model of education and to the development of a new educational proposal.

To meet this demand, United Nations developed the PRME - Principles for Responsible Management Education, an initiative that intends that business schools from around the world gradually integrate the subjects of sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsability) into their curriculum, researches, classes, methodologies and institutional strategies.

Following the tradition of pioneering and excellence in education, FGV EAESP became a signatory to the PRME in 2009 and it is in the context of this initiative that FIS emerged.


Each FIS class has a different Reference Project.


Project Reference

  FIS 26 "entretramas"

Create an affective cartography that illustrates how mangroves contribute to sustaining life on the planet.

Access the Kick Off report

Download the developed products:
Cartography I e Cartography II
Book of Stories and Learning (portuguese)

Visit the class website

  FIS 25 "E agora?"

Produce a card game to discuss desirable futures in the Anthropocene.

Access the presentation and the Kick Off report

Download the game 'E agora?'

 FIS 24 "Re.Vida"

Create a multimedia campaign that encourages and strengthens forest restoration initiatives in Brazil, highlighting their benefits, viability and examples of adoption by relevant actors.

Accesse the Kick Off report

Access the products

 FIS 23 "Água Viva"

Produce, in podcast format, a set of fables that reveal our humanity in the 21st century based on stories from the rivers of São Paulo.

Kick-off report

Access the podcast on Spotify and YouTube

FIS 22

Create a visual experience that leads us to imagine scenarios of the evolution of climate resilience in the city of São Paulo over the next 30 years.

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FIS 21 “Grãos de Pólen”

Create a game that generates conversations and reflections on the impacts of our consumption, causing a change of habit to those who play.

Access the game 'Kaos: a game about consumption and sustainability

FIS 20 “João de Barro”

Produce an online series that presents the history and role of socio-environmental NGOs for sustainable development in Brazil.

Watch the online series

FIS 19 “Adaptar-te”

Produce an art exhibition that reveals the urgency of adapting Brazilian agriculture to climate change.

Watch the guided tour 

FIS 18 “De Mala e Cuia”

Produce and launch a communication campaign that gives visibility to community-based tourism in Brazil to inspire behaviors and practices of the actors involved.

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FIS 17 “com.fiar”

Create and launch an edition of Revista P22ON on the possible uses of blockchain for socio-environmental certifications to facilitate the access of small businesses to the market.

Access the magazine 

FIS 16 “2GRAU$”

Produce and broadcast a sequence of short videos that raise awareness of individual options for responsible financial investments aimed at promoting a low carbon economy.

Watch the videos

FIS 15 “Entrenós”

Produce a fair of trends and solutions for the future of fashion, in which, based on life cycle thinking, innovations are presented for all stages of the value chain.

Watch the video

FIS 14 “Oásis”

Build a digital and interactive mosaic that reveals the situation of food deserts in the city of São Paulo and its surroundings, aiming to provoke a reflection on their existence and how they affect individuals, relationships, public policies and businesses.

FIS 13 “Som@s”

Gamify the issue of equity between men and women in organizations,  aiming to provoke reflection and mobilize for action.

Access the game 'Meeting Room'

FIS 12 “Íntegra”

Awakening the FGV-SP community to a new paradigm of human and social relations in its Schools through the production of three short videos that deal with the relationship of students with at least 3 population groups around the institution.

Watch the videos

FIS 11 “TransFormar”

Promote experiences that mobilize, invite, and inspire those involved with higher education to explore the application of new models, principles and perspectives of education for business schools.

FIS 10 “inSPira”

Create - or enhance - an intervention that reflects the idea of a "city for people" in a public space in the city of São Paulo.

FIS 9 “Alcateia”

Produce a board game that makes a significant contribution to the complex issue of Public and Private Protected Areas Management in Brazil. The game aimed to encourage the various agents involved to access new narratives that project the country to a pioneer solution in the management of protected areas.

FIS 8 “Enlace”

Make a documentary that presents a significant contribution to the complex and controversial implementation of the National Solid Waste Policy - PNRS. The documentary aimed to encourage the various agents involved to access new narratives that project the country towards a pioneer solution in solid waste management and reverse logistics.

Watch the documentary

FIS 7 “Se7eMeio”

Develop a proposal for fundraising - reimbursable and / or non-reimbursable - for the implementation of a Regional Technological Park for Urban Sustainability, meeting the aspirations of the Association of Mayors of the Central Region - APREC ( which brings together 28 municipalities in the State of São Paulo).


Create a road map to develop a cluster of clean technology that could foster energy efficient value chains and renewable energy.

FIS 5 “sYnCO”

Present a supply management and development policy that creates the conditions for Brazilian companies in the mining sector to be protagonists in a supply chain oriented towards sustainability.

Access the report here

FIS 4 “ProFundo”

Structuring a Support Fund for small producers in Brazil, which makes it possible to build bridges between this agro-entrepreneur and the market economy. This fund's premise is the adequate use of natural resources and the appreciation of social capital.

FIS 3 “Tiédi”

Develop a value proposition and a business model for financial inclusion for the low-income population in Brazil.

FIS 2 “Bioelo”

Create a set of guidelines of a public policy for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as the traditional knowledge associated with it.

FIS 1 “Belo Monte”

Make a recommendation to two banks that are signatories to the Equator Principles on whether or not to invest in Belo Monte'’ hydroelectric power plant.



FIS destinations - micro and macro immersions

FIS Community

The FIS Community formally came into existence in July 2018, after 16 editions of the subject, which has been held since 2010 at FGV-EAESP. As an initial intention, the strengthening of this community intends to keep alive and expand - beyond the borders of FGV - the process of integrated education for sustainability for those who have already experienced the FIS path so that the experience is present and can inspire daily practice; it also intends to be a space for the emergence of collective projects within the network of alumni, students and FIS staff.

With the initial support of Instituto C&A, the first three meetings between generations of fisers took place in the 2nd semester of 2018 in a transdisciplinary perspective, in the context of sustainable development and with the aim of promoting the reunion and connection between those who were present (almost 300 people).

Publications and Reports


Integrated Education for Sustainability: Fundamentals and Practices Guide (version 1.0)

The Guide synthesizes and organizes the methodology of the subject so that it can be replicated in other contexts and for other audiences. FIS was created after FGV became a signatory to the PRME in 2009 and since its inception, the program has been applied to the FGV-EAESP undergraduatation courses, as an elective subject offered to students from the 5th semester on of Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Law and International Relations Schools. We understand it is possible to apply FIS with different audiences and contexts, although some adaptation may be made and tested.That is the reason why we developed this Guide.

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Integrated Education for Sustainability: impacts and paths for transformation

Increasing efforts to incorporate sustainability into education in general, and into business schools in particular, have emerged in the face of sustainable development growing challenges. However, more than curriculum development, the complexity of contemporary issues calls for new educational models that integrate individuals (as subjects) to their environment and different sources of knowledge, which have been highly fragmented by modern disciplinary (subject-object) thinking. The purpose of this article is to present the case study of FIS - Integrated Education for Sustainability - a transdisciplinary course offered to undergrad students at FGV-EAESP, inspired by PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). From students ’perceptions about FIS’s impacts, the article raises insights about the possibilities of individual transformation that an experiential and contextualized space may allow in the context of a business school, as well as the challenges identified in this process.

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These are FIS partner organizations over the years. Partnerships can take place in several different ways, such as: financial sponsorships, technical support and in kind. They also constitute a co-formative focus for FIS, since, at the same time that they act as connectors, the partnerships enable a link between FIS and the reality of organizations.

In addition, FIS needs partners to:

  • Bring diversity of views, opinions and experiences, enriching debates in the classroom and in the field.
  • Bring students closer to reality, enabling them to dive into the complexity of the proposed challenge.
  • Allocate a team of FGVces researchers and consultants specialized in the theme of the challenge.
  • Enable the production and delivery of the final product that leaves a legacy and the emergence of future leaders for sustainability.