How it started
Since the inception of the UN-backed PRME initiative in 2007, there has been increased debate over how to adapt management education to train a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex demands faced by business and society in the 21st century. While the Six Principles provide a guiding framework, no one school has yet to successfully demonstrate broad scale implementation. The Rio Declaration of the 2012 PRME Global Forum included a call from the PRME community for the creation of a leadership group.
In 2013, PRME launched a two-year pilot group of experienced and engaged PRME signatories committed to working collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers to making broad scale implementation of sustainability principles a reality. In the 2nd cycle of 2016-2017, as leaders in the space of responsible management education, PRME Champions undertook advanced tasks and game changing projects that responded to systemic challenges faced by the PRME community, as well as to key issues identified by the United Nations and the UN Global Compact.
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 agenda.
In so doing, PRME Champions commit to:
- Work collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.
- Serve the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD, and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.
- Contribute to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2018 the PRME Champions programme enters its 3rd two-year cycle and participating institutions have joined a two-year journey to transform business and management education in support of the SDGs. Guided by the PRME Transformational Model, and in line with the Champions Mission to provide thought and action leadership, PRME Champions are asked to take transformative action on integrating the SDGs in three key areas: curriculum, research, and partnerships.
In this PRME flagship project under the title "Mainstreaming the SDG in PRME Institutions", innovative faculty members, students, industry leaders, and practitioners will use their institutions as 'living labs' to integrate the SDGs in to the curriculum, research and partnerships, with a view to co-designing a blueprint for the next generation of sustainability-driven business schools and management-related higher education institutions.
Being a PRME Champion
Participation in the Champions group enables highly engaged PRME signatories to:
- Be recognised as a thought and/or action leader in the responsible management community: Help to develop and implement "game changing" projects and serve as a sounding board for PRME, Global Compact, and the UN on timely issues, such as the SDGs.
- Collaborate with leading HEIs and Global Compact companies on projects that are of value to the PRME community by contributing to the flagship project on the SDGs, and by initiating, engaging with, or leading a PRME Champions sub-project.
- Be recognised as a PRME Ambassador: Engage and support local businesses and peer institutions, including by playing a visible role in PRME Chapters, at PRME Regional Meetings, and/or with Global Compact Local Networks. Serve as a role model for the PRME community.
- Receive exclusive access to UN Global Compact meetings: Hear directly from, and interact with companies and their representatives on priority sustainability-related issues.
- Be eligible to serve on the PRME Advisory Committee: This permanent twenty-member governance body gives a stronger voice to the participant schools of PRME, with a basis for providing strategic advice to both the PRME Steering Committee and the PRME Secretariat.
- Receive preferential access for students to UN Global Compact opportunities, including internships and volunteer opportunities with the PRME Secretariat and the UN Global Compact, as well as PRME related student competitions.
Participants in 2018-2019
|Asian Institute of Management||Philippines|
|Audencia Business School||France|
|Babson College||United States|
|Business School Lausanne||Switzerland|
|Cass Business School, City, University of London||United Kingdom|
|College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph||Canada|
|Copenhagen Business School||Denmark|
|Deakin Business School||Australia|
|EGADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey||Mexico|
|Fundação Dom Cabral||Brazil|
|George Mason University||United States|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||United Kingdom|
|Gordon Institute of Business Science||South Africa|
|Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria||Canada|
|Hanken School of Economics||Finland|
|INCAE Business School||Costa Rica|
|Institute of Business Studies, RANEPA||Russia|
|Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad||India|
|IPM Business School||Belarus|
|Kemmy Business School||Ireland|
|La Trobe Business School||Australia|
|Newcastle Business School||United Kingdom|
|Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University||United Kingdom|
|Nottingham University Business School||United Kingdom|
|Seattle Pacific University||United States|
|Stockholm School of Economics||Sweden|
|T A PAI Management Institute||India|
|The Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder||United States|
|The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John's University||United States|
|Universidad Externado de Colombia - School of Management||Colombia|
|University of Applied Sciences, HTW Chur||Switzerland|
|University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business||South Africa|
|University of Dubai||United Arab Emirates|
|University of St.Gallen||Switzerland|
|University of Winchester Business School||United Kingdom|
|ZHAW School of Management and Law||Switzerland|