Date & Time Session Scope Format Confirmed Speakers
17 July Pre-Global Forum Sessions and Site Visits

A series of opened and closed interactive sessions will take place the day prior the kick off of the 2017 PRME Global Forum including sessions on innovative approaches to sustainability, "learning journeys" and working meetings.

Interactive Sessions and Site Visits
18 July 8:00-09:00 REGISTRATION & NETWORKING Registration & Networking / Parallel Focus Session: New to PRME: "Essentials for Engagement" (8:00-8:45am)
18 July 9:00-9:45 Opening Plenary "10 years of PRME"

The high-level opening plenary will allow for the introduction of the 2017 Global Forum and will take stock of the past 10 years of PRME – the achievements and successes of the initiative.

It will also allow high-level statements introducing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the focus of the 2017 Global Forum. The celebration of PRME and the emphasis on the value of the SDGs will frame discussions for the next two days.

High-Level Opening Speeches/ Keynote Address Master of Ceremonies:
- Andrew Main Wilson, CEO, AMBA
Opening remarks:
- Jonas Haertle, Head PRME

- Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair, UN Global Compact Board
Keynote Speakers:
- Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (Invited) – "SDGs: A call to action for business and business education"
18 July 9:45-10:30 Session I: "The impact of PRME around the world" Following the Opening Plenary, this session will feature high-level representatives of PRME signatory business and management schools who will reflect on the impact of PRME on their institutions. Further, what are the plans to align PRME commitment to the SDGs.

Town-hall style Speakers:
- Sarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, La Rochelle Business School

- Nirja Matto, Chairperson, Centre for DOCC, S P Jain Institute of Management & Research

- Nehme Azoury, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK

- Fernando D´Alessio, Director General, CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School

- Piet Naude, Dean, University of Stellenbosch Business School

- Kerry Healey, President, Babson College

- June Xiaojun Qian, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, AACSB
18 July 10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK
18 July 11:00-12:30 Session I: Roundtable discussions "Educating for Responsible Management"

This interactive roundtable session will provide individuals with the opportunity to highlight their role and accomplishments in PRME, and learn from each other. Participants will share best practices and reflections about implementing the Six Principles. This guided session includes time for individual reflection, group discussions and conference feedback.

Feedback from roundtable discussions in plenary.

Facilitated Discussion at each Roundtable Facilitators:
- Carole Parkes, Professor of Management, Winchester Business School

- Roz Sunley, Professor of Responsible Management and Business Ethics, Winchester Business School

- Jennifer Leigh, Associate Professor of Management, Nazareth College of Rochester
18 July 12:30-2:00 LUNCH BREAK
18 July 2:00-5:00 Focus Sessions: "PRME Networks for the SDGs"

Focus Sessions will showcase concrete projects and deliverables from PRME signatories, networks (Chapters, Working Groups, Champions, and Student Platforms) and partners on how higher education institutions have developed and are aligning their work towards achieving the SDGs. Some of the Focus Sessions to be organised by partner organisations. A moderator will take notes and observations that will be compiled and presented at the end of Day 2.

Two sets of sessions of one hour and a half each with a break in between.

Focus Sessions (for a full list, please visit this link)
18 July (evening) 7:00-9:00 Special Reception: "PRME's 10th Anniversary Celebration"

In the spirit of PRME's 10th Anniversary, a grand reception alongside ambassadors, delegates and international dignitaries will take place at the UN Headquarters.

The reception will feature high-level keynote speakers, recognition of excellence in reporting, as well as recognition of individuals who significantly contributed to the development of the PRME initiative over the past ten years.

The celebratory mood will be enhanced by the venue's captivating atmosphere, live music and plentiful networking opportunities.

Delegates Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters
19 July 8:00-8:45 COFFEE & NETWORKING Coffee & Networking / Parallel Focus Session: PRME Chapters Working Meetings (8:00-8:45am)
19 July 9:00-10:00 Session II: "Making Global Goals Local Business: Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to Every Classroom"

A stakeholder reflection on the state of world by looking at the Grand Challenges in select countries, based on the Gap Frame and the "outside-in" perspective initially introduced by the moderator and Thomas Dyllick.

A collaborative dialogue among stakeholders from government, business, management education and the next generation about opportunities and threats concerns regarding burning issues illustrating inside-out and outside-in perspectives with examples, with the goal of together identifying new prototype ideas that each stakeholder can contribute to solve these issues.

The moderator summarizes the simulated process as an example for business schools to lead the stakeholder engagement dialogues in Western Europe as a region so that business schools can make a significant positive contribution to the Global Goals defined by the SDGs.

Gap Frame issue maps for various countries & regions will be made available. Participants reflect on in pairs how they could apply such dialogues in their own communities in their regions, and share some ideas in the plenary.

Plenary Statements Business representatives:
- Sabine Zindera, Vice President, Siemens AG, Legal and Compliance

- Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Market Officer Pearson (TBC)
Government representative:
- Michael Gerber, Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland
Youth representative:
- A student group (through PRME SDG Student Platform)
Academia representatives:
- Steef Van de Valde, Dean, Rotterdam School of Management

- Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean, Kedge Business School
- Katrin Muff, Thought Leader in the transformative space of business sustainability and responsible leadership, Business School Lausanne (with input on the "Gap Frame" and the "outside-in" perspective of BST 3.0 from Thomas Dyllick, Director, Institute for Economy and the Environment, University of St. Gallen)
19 July 10:00-10:30 COFFEE BREAK
19 July 10:30-12:00 Session II: Roundtable discussions "Leveraging PRME to contribute to the SDGs"

This highly interactive round table will explore our impact on the SDGs in the following areas:

  • Teaching & learning
  • Applied research
  • Institutional transformation
  • Company consulting/executive education
  • Community engagement

The facilitators will illustrate the discussion by reflecting on two best practice examples. Each table will then engage in a reflective discussion on their own best practices and new projects, and how to measure progress towards achieving the SDGs in the context of their business school and the PRME community.

Questions to consider for each area:

  • What are we doing/ could be doing to integrate the SDG topics into each of these five areas?
  • What are the particular competencies/ skills we are advocating in order for students/faculty to address SDG-related issues?
  • How might we assess our impact?
  • What is a vision for how we might 'scale' our initiatives for greater impact?
Facilitated Discussion at each Roundtable Facilitators:
- Katrin Muff, Business School Lausanne

- Joanne Lawrence, Global Prof. for Corporate Responsibility and Social Innovation, Hult, International Business School
19 July 12:00-1:00 Closing Session: "PRME's Next Decade"
  • Closing Remarks including feedback from Focus Sessions and Roundtables
  • Adoption of Outcomes Declaration
Feedback from Keynote Listeners and Final High Level Remarks Keynote Listeners:
- Michael Leeds, President, FlightStar, Inc.

- Pamsy Hui, Associate Dean (External Relations and Development), Faculty of Business, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

- Student Perspective
19 July 1:00-3:00 LUNCH BREAK
19 July 3:00-5:00 Higher Education - Key driver of the Sustainable Development Goals
HESI Meeting, co-organised by UN DESA and UN Global Compact/PRME

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) was created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) by a consortium of UN Entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN Environment, and UNU, and in 2016, UN-HABITAT joined). On the occasion of the 2017 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the United Nations' central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the partners of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), are organising an event for higher education institutions to showcase how they are integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices and to position higher education institutions as key drivers for achieving the SDGs. Outcomes of the PRME Global Forum will be presented.

Co-organised by UN DESA and UN Global Compact/PRME

United Nations Headquarters, Conference room TBC
20 July 8:00-12:00 PRME Governance Meetings

PRME Advisory Committee and PRME Steering Committee meetings hosted at the UN Global Compact Board Room

Closed meetings

* Note: Sessions and times are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

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