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Events - 17 July 2018

Educating for Sustainable Development: Innovative Programs for Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set ambitious plans for what the world must achieve by 2030, but do not set out how they will be met - especially for businesses looking for positive impact as well as financial success. Understanding a company’s environmental, social and governance practices is the first necessary step in the ultimate goal of tracking achievement towards the SDGs. Also important to understand is whether we are headed in the right direction, and at the speed and scale required to meet the SDGs by 2030. Students can play an important role in monitoring and mapping the corporate landscapes implementation of the SDGs. 

Business and management school students are a highly motivated group, eager to understand the business world they will lead in the near future. For this reason, engaging students in SDGs-related business research and practice is not only valuable to the world, but also assists in developing awareness and leadership expertise.

“Educating for Sustainable Development” has been organized to showcase innovative programs engaging students in assessing business contributions towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The program presents a range of classroom engagements and student driven projects along with academic research and assessment. 

The panel event will be held alongside the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, whose theme this year will be "Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies," with a particular focus on the six Goals highlighted. We invited participants to actively engage in the meeting to share experiences and support growing the platforms. 

The event will take place on 17 July 2018 from 9:00 - 10:30am EST in the United Nations Global Compact Board Room.

The address is:

685 3rd Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Dial in - video conference


*At the conclusion of the convening, those attending the SDG Business Forum can walk together to the UN Headquarters. 


PRME - The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

 A United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.

MGSM - PRME Survey on Responsible Management Education

 An international survey on responsible management perspectives of business students, initiated by Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The aim of the study is to examine attitudes of business students towards responsible management and responsible management education. 

WikiRate “Business Contributions to the SDGs - A Student Assessment”

 WikiRate is an open tool for collaborative research, with a mission to spur corporations to be transparent and responsive by making data about their environmental social and governance (ESG) performance structured, comparable and available for all. Mr. Hirche will present the collective approach to pairing open corporate ESG analysis with student learning. A comparative analysis of corporate ESG disclosure alongside recommendations will be released in Sept. 2018. Academic research through the University of Wollongong is creating opportunities for participating professors to contribute to journal papers on the approach. In 2017, eleven universities and 1,300 students participated - likely to double in 2018.

Fowler Center’s AIM2Flourish Initiative 

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher-education curriculum and publishing platform for positive business innovation stories for the SDGs. As of June 15, business students from 72 universities worldwide have published 1,235 mini-case studies--making the world’s largest resource for SDGs-achieving business innovations. Students learn directly from inspiring business leaders through in-person interviews, and then write about what they learned on to inspire others. Ms. Sommer will present research findings from the past three years, including student reflections and mindset shifts.


Following presentations, the session will continue with a roundtable Q&A. Questions and experiences from the room are welcome.

Guidance questions:

  • Next steps for collaboration and advancing the knowledge on corporate contributions to the SDGs?

    • What is transparency in corporate reporting and is it sufficient?

    • What is needed from the private sector to chart the path to SDG achievement?

  • Scaling projects

  • How can academics contribute to the knowledge bases?



  • PRME Introduction - 10 mins

  • Debbie Haski-Leventhal, MGSM – 10 mins

  • Philipp Hirche, WikiRate - 15 mins

    • Q&A: 10 mins

  • Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish - 15 mins

    • Q&A: 10 mins

  • Panel: PRME, AIM2Flourish and WikiRate

    • Q&A: 15 mins

  • Call to Action - 5 mins


17 Jul 2018
Global Compact Headquarters, NYC

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