Focus Sessions

Pre-Global Forum Sessions

Monday, 17 July

Innovative Approaches – "Leading for Well-Being" (2:30pm-5:00pm)

This session will present participants with the work of "Leading for Well-Being," a consortium of organizations, scholars, faith leaders, business people, media experts, and policy-makers seeking to integrate the emerging practice of Humanistic Management with more sustainable practices at the corporate, community, and policy levels. The goal is to enable many of those now driving crisis to become agents of positive and profitable change.

PRME Champions Working Meeting (PRME Champions only) (9:30am-1:00pm)

A closed working session for the PRME Champions group to touch base and prepare for the Focus Session on 18 July.

Learning Journeys – "Chocolate and Sustainability" (Advanced PRME Signatories only, limited capacity) (6:00pm-7:30pm)*

Achieving the SDGs is crucial for the future sustainability of the cocoa industry. Participants will spend a few hours at Raaka Chocolate factory in Brooklyn, an innovative small bean-to-bar chocolate maker. A tour through the facilities will allow participants to experience the manufacturing process of their products, learn how to taste chocolate, and understand how sustainability affects the final product. A presentation and discussion will follow led by Raaka's head of sourcing around sustainability in their supply chain. Participants will receive a link to a short online course with an introduction to chocolate and sustainability in advance of the Global Forum.

Learning Journeys – "Open Hiring policy at Greystone Bakery - site visit" (Advanced PRME Signatories only, limited capacity) (9:00am-12:30pm)*

Participants will have the chance to visit Greystone Bakery facilities (one of the major suppliers of Ben & Jerry -Unilever-) in Yonkers and the Center for Open Hiring. A discussion on how to connect this subject to the SDGs and other topics around social justice and innovation will follow.

If you are unsure whether your institution is an Advanced PRME Signatory, please contact Brendan Pastor at

PRME Cross-Working Group Meeting - "Integrating the SDGs into Management Education" (40 person max) (2:30pm-4:30pm - Global Compact Board Room)

This session is designed to provide a time and space for participants of a range of PRME Working Groups to discuss the potential benefits of addressing the SDGs in multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional ways. Recent examples of outcomes of the collaboration of the Anti-Poverty, Anti-Corruption and Gender Equality Working Groups, will be highlighted, as will Calls for Contributions for two new books on Sustainability and the SDGs.

Focus Sessions

Tuesday, 18 July

New to PRME Session – "Essentials for Engagement" (8:00am-8:45am)

This informal briefing taking place the morning immediately prior to the opening plenary will offer a comprehensive overview of the PRME initiative, including key aspects of engagement.

Signatories and participants present will be asked to identify themselves, how they learned about PRME, and what they hope to achieve within the PRME initiative, prior to the start of the presentation. Some of the main topics to discuss include Vision and Mission of PRME, the Network of Networks (Chapters, Working Groups, Student Engagement Platforms and Champions), the relationship with UN Global Compact and United Nations, the 6 Principles to guide transformation in management education, the relevance of the SDGs for business schools, and the Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report.

Highest Executive session – "What do the SDGs Mean for Us? Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing a Responsible Management Education Paradigm" (Highest executives only) (2:00pm-3:30pm)

The objective of the Focus Meeting is for Deans, Rectors and other university leaders to reflect on their roles in enabling their institutions to contribute actively to the implementation of PRME and the Sustainable Development Goals. This group shares a specific potential as change agents. However, they are often confronted with resistance and barriers. The session will focus on sharing of learnings and innovative solutions. To start the debate, there will be five short presentations of experienced highest-level representatives of universities and business schools. This session will be exclusively for highest level representatives of PRME signatory universities and business schools (e.g. presidents, rectors, vice chancellors, deans, directors).

PRME Chapters Session – "Catalysing Local Collaboration and Collective Action to Advance the SDGs" (2:00pm-3:30pm)

Engaging key multi-stakeholders for collaboration and collective action locally is crucial to achieving the SDGs globally. This interactive session aims to showcase the work of different PRME Chapters around the world and to reflect on the challenges and opportunities to support the fulfillment of the SDGs in a local context. Utilizing a very dynamic town-hall style, participants will learn and share best practices and inspirational stories on how the implementation of the Global Goals is taking shape in diverse local realities.

PRME SDG Student Engagement Platform Session – "Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow for the World We Want" (2:00-3:30pm)

Involving students and youth is crucial to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Today's youth will be the leaders of tomorrow, and their role will be pivotal in tackling the development challenges of the 21st century. The PRME initiative has identified a number of opportunities to empower students to support and advance the SDGs by proactively identifying, analysing, and sharing the achievements of companies' activities on this regard. This interactive session will showcase the achievements of the PRME SDG Student Engagement Platform and will provide space for discussion on the potential of the platform to further advance the SDGs. Student attendees at the Global Forum are especially encouraged to take part in this Focus Session, and to share their experiences using the Platform.

If you want examples of how to engage your students in the SDGs, or if you have ideas of how to further develop the PRME SDG Student Engagement Platform - join us in this interactive session.

PRME Working Group Session – "Creating and Sharing Knowledge to Support the SDGs" (4:00-5:30pm)

This interactive session aims to provide space for PRME Working Groups to showcase the insights, outcomes and deliverables of past activities, as well as to explore new avenues and resources around the SDGs. Participants will be exposed to the main lessons learned of Working Groups on Anti-Corruption; Business and Human Rights; Business for Peace; Climate Change and Environment; Gender Equality; Poverty, a Challenge for Management Education; and Sustainability Mindset; and will be invited to join a more in-depth conversation on the topic of their interest.

PRME Champions Session – "Leading transformation for a better world" (4:00-5:30pm)

The mission of the PRME Champions group is to contribute to thought and action leadership on responsible management education in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This focus session aims to provide an overview of the PRME Champions' work in support of the SDGs, including inspirational examples of individual schools' engagement with the 6 PRME Principles and presentation of projects' progress for the 2016-2017 cycle. The wider PRME community is invited to participate in this Focus Session and hear what the Champions group is about.

Curriculum Development and Sustainable Development Goals – "Innovative Approaches to Teach the SDGs" (4:00-5:30pm)

While great research and course content are emerging rapidly and globally around the SDGs and in particular among the PRME signatory schools, less attention has been given so far to effective pedagogical models that can enable transformative learning. During this session the "I, We and All of Us" pedagogy model will be presented as an effective model to engage learners in immersive, participatory learning. The model will be used as a framework for activities that most schools are already engaged in yet often without the right coherent and consistent approach. Global examples of great initiatives will be presented and participants will be invited to share their own best practices in a highly interactive exercise to categorize them within the "I, We and All of Us" modeling to advance SDG education.

Wednesday, 19 July

PRME Chapters Working Meetings (8:00-8:45am)

These informal and self-organised meetings aim to provide space to each PRME Chapter to reflect and follow up on the discussions and commitments made on 18 July as well as to coordinate how to implement and report the outcomes back home. Potential new Chapters will also have space to discuss their value proposition, activities, governance arrangements and timeline for creation.

PRME Governance Meetings

Thursday, 20 July

PRME Advisory Committee Meeting (Closed meeting) (8:00-10:00am)

PRME Steering Committee Meeting (Closed meeting) (10:00am-12:00pm)

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

Unfortunately due to limited space and time, we are unable to accommodate additional Focus Sessions at the 2017 PRME Global Forum.

For more information about the Focus Sessions, please contact Linda Cetkovic at

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