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News - Most Recent

Aligning PRME with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals framework – Call for Action launched at 3rd Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

(Cleveland, 17 October 2014) – Participants at the 2014 3rd Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit workshop on Management Education and Action for Advancing Sustainable Development issued a Call for Action for management education, research and engagement to advance the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire next year a new framework is currently being developed under the name Sustainable Development Goals. The first draft, proposed by an Open Working Group of United Nations member states with the input from a number of stakeholder groups including business, comprises 17 goals. There are two main differences between these new goals and the MDGs. First, they target not only the needs and challenges of the developing world, but of the whole world. Second, the private sector is no longer an afterthought but a central partner in achieving the goals. With this work-in-progress as background, participants at the workshop, facilitated by Ángel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, discussed how business schools and higher education can take on a key leading role in pushing the new global development agenda. Some of the most far reaching ideas included the following calls for action for business schools and higher education institutions, especially those that have endorsed the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME):

  • Align education, research, and engagement agendas with key global development issues as being articulated in the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals framework;
  • Embed new content and transformative learning approaches, including experiential learning, throughout the curriculum in order to develop the competencies necessary for business to tackle our major sustainable development goals;
  • Engage in new forms of action research around the major sustainable development issues we face and create new solutions to help business play a more effective role in multiple local contexts;
  • Play an active role as public opinion leaders, advisors, solution providers and facilitators to help business become an effective agent of sustainable development;
  • Act as impartial facilitators for and between business, government, and civil society.

See here for the Call for Action.

The workshop was part of the 2 1/2 days Flourish and Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Business executives, scholars, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world gathered in Cleveland from 15-17 October to discuss creative business practices and inspire local community members during this Global Forum. First held in 2006 and again in 2009, the Global Forum was started by David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, both professors of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. The Global Forum brought together more than 650 participants to discuss topics such as education, water, energy, health and well-being, and the economy. In addition to panel discussions, the forum included interactive workshops and eight mini design summits. These ranged from agriculture and energy to metrics, the circular economy, cities, consciousness of connectedness and pioneering work on a U.S. Grand Strategy along with a new prizing project to showcase Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Plans are under way to present outcomes of the prizing project at the 15th anniversary event of the UN Global Compact and the 2015 PRME Global Forum in June 2015 in New York.

During the 2006 Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, discussions among participants led to the origins of the Principles for Responsible Management Education. “That effort at the UN has grown and there are more than 500 different business schools from around the world that are a part of PRME. That’s an outstanding example,” said Roger Saillant, executive director of The Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at the Weatherhead School.

For more information, please contact:

Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact
haertle@unglobalcompact.org

17 Oct 2014

International Management Teachers Academy 2015 - Application Open

PRME Steering Committee member CEEMAN's flagship IMTA – International Management Teachers Academy has opened for applications. The academy will take place on 7-19 June 2015 in Bled, Slovenia.

CEEMAN International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) provides a unique opportunity for young faculty to develop their curricula, course design, teaching materials and particularly teaching skills and methods. The program is heavily based on the case method, including teaching with cases, case writing, and performance evaluation and feedback to students. It is also designed to improve competences and skills integral to specific managerial disciplines, and provides input essential in other areas of a faculty member's professional life, such as consulting, institution development and administration, and social responsibility.

According to post-program feedback received by IMTA participants and their institutions, the effects of the program go far beyond individual professional career development. Its benefits also include an impact on the participants’ institutions and their respective stakeholders.

More information and registration at www.ceeman.org/imta.

13 Oct 2014

PRME Chapter North America (USA and Canada) created during the 1st PRME Regional Meeting

Seattle, 11 October 2014 – The emerging PRME Chapter North America (USA and Canada) was created during the 1st PRME Regional Meeting North America hosted by University of Washington Bothell School of Business on 10-11 October, 2014. This inaugural PRME Regional Meeting focused on responsible management education practices in business schools across the region. Attendees of the workshop were positioned at the forefront of an influential new horizon in business education and responsible management. While the pre-workshop was marked by inspirational site visits to the Bullitt Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and keynote by Gifford Pinchot III of the Bainbridge Global Institute, the meeting was conducted as an interactive workshop, engaging attendees in conversations and exercises that sparked thought-provoking debate on crucial issues such climate change, how to embed PRME into the curricula, how best report, gender equality in the classroom and teaching, interfaith religion and responsible management education, among others.

During the workshop, the participants expressed their interest in working together and strengthening the engagement in the region, leading to the formation of the PRME Chapter North America.  

Main activities and core value proposition of the emerging PRME Chapter North America:

The PRME Chapter North America will be a PRME regional platform that will help to advance the Six Principles of PRME. It will also be a local catalyser and, in coordination with the PRME Secretariat, a link with the UN Global Compact Local Networks in the USA and Canada.

Many activities were discussed with the spirit of peer learning, towards strengthening the regional PRME community and collaboratively tackling barriers to responsible management, proposing the following projects for focus:

  • Developing PRME Awards for excellence in responsible management education
  • Developing links between the PRME Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports and AACSB and EQUIS Accreditation, with the goal to introduce a template at the Academy of Management (AOM) 2015, in Vancouver, Canada. A workshop for the PRME Chapter North America may take place prior to the AOM meeting
  • Cross-School Research Project using UN Global Compact data set with the objective of building knowledge for UN Global Compact companies, and best practices for teaching in management education institutions
  • Implementing PRME at Catholic institutions
  • Furthering the responsible management education discussion in the Cascadia (USA/Canada) region
  • Exploring PRME and Indigenous Peoples Issues
  • Holding the 2nd PRME Regional Meeting North America, hosted by Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University. A project called “2x1” will be implemented. This project encourages PRME signatories invite to the meeting a non-PRME signatory or a colleague from their institution that is not that familiar to PRME with the incentive that the second attendee does not pay the conference fee, in order to promote the Principles and recruit signatories will be launched. 

The PRME Secretariat wishes to thank University of Washington Bothell School of Business as the host, as well as the participants for this successful event. Please find here the list of participants of this meeting.

If you would like to participate in the activities of the PRME Chapter North America, or to receive more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

11 Oct 2014

Contribute to a PRME Faculty Development Research Project

The PRME Champions sub-group on Faculty Development is conducting a research project co-led by CBS, Babson, and IILM and invites PRME signatories to complete this research survey. The purpose of the project is to support educational institutions in embedding responsible management education efforts into their organisational structures.

The research project has been running since 2013 and is now approaching the final stage in which your institution’s contributions are essential in order to identify good practices and gaps in existing faculty development efforts. Furthermore, the project will attempt to identify issues and resistance encountered towards PRME as well as identifying the desire for further PRME related faculty development in educational institutions.

The research project will culminate in a final report to be presented to all PRME Signatories at the 2015 PRME Global Forum – 6th Annual Assembly 2015.

Please click on the link below and contribute with your institution's information. Your answers are essential as this data will act as the basis for the final report.

Thanking you in advance for all your help

http://goo.gl/Oul1Bz

08 Oct 2014

September Recognition - New Signatories, SIPs & Contributions to PRME initiative

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME signatories for the month of September. We welcome new signatories to the PRME initiative (3), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (13), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (6) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories:

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

Financial Contributions:

01 Oct 2014

UN Global Compact Business for Peace First Annual Event, in Collaboration with PRME

Successful meeting of companies, business associations, academics, and civil society representatives along with 18 Global Compact Local Networks, at the UN Global Compact’s Business for Peace first annual event

(Istanbul, 30 September 2014) – Recognizing that business cannot thrive in societies that fail, and that peace and stability provide a key foundation for economic development, over 150 participants attended the first anniversary of Business for Peace at its two-day inaugural B4P event.

Hermes Equity Ownership Services Chairman and B4P Steering Committee Chair Sir Mark Moody-Stuart opened the gathering. He said, “One year after the launch of Business for Peace, this meeting brings leaders from business and civil society together to discuss real practical examples of business contributions to peace, ranging from employment and reintegration of former militia members to inclusion of disadvantaged groups of different religious backgrounds.”

Throughout the two-day meeting, the cross-sectoral and cross-thematic programme enabled participants to explore the challenges and opportunities of operating in complex environments. Special emphasis was placed on collaborative approaches to engage various types of organisations around thematic areas where business and business education can make transformative contributions to peace.

The second half-day held a PRME and Business for Peace session where representatives from Higher Education Institutions, business, civil society and government came together in a dialogue around actionable steps and opportunities for collaboration.

In order to increase awareness of the contributions business can make toward peace, seven of the 18 Local Networks in B4P have hosted national or regional launch events, providing a platform to identify thematic areas where business can make its greatest contributions to peace in that country or area:

  • In Indonesia interfaith dialogue is being facilitated by the business community. A private sector roundtable was hosted by the Global Compact during the Sixth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (August 2014) to promote inter-cultural and inter-religious peace and harmony.  
  • The Colombian Local Network has engaged the national business community in the ongoing peace talks, making progress towards ending the decades-long violence in the country. Businesses have committed to assist with social integration of ex-combatants by changing their hiring practices while also supporting victims of the conflict. 

 

More than 120 companies from around the world have now joined Business for Peace (B4P). The UN Global Compact together with 18 of its Local Networks have championed the initiative since its launch by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last September. At this Event, more than 20 companies joined the platform from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States – bringing the total number of B4P signatories to 122. The Global Compact Network Ukraine also formally joined the initiative.

30 Sep 2014

Role of Potential PRME Chapter South Africa+ highlighted at 3rd Business Management Conference: Business Unusual

(Durban, 19 September 2014) - In an effort to address global economic challenges, scholars from various disciplines shared their research at the 3rd Business Management Conference, Business Unusual: Economy, Business and Governance in a Changing World. The multi-disciplinary Conference, which was first hosted by University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2011, was held by the College of Law and Management Studies, and attended by over 60 academics from all over the world. Academics presented on topics such as entrepreneurship, digital innovation, marketing and commercialisation.

The keynote address delivered by Prof. Manuel Escudero, Special Adviser to PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office, gave a broad overview of how business and management education are adapting to the changing world, and how the academic sector can build partnerships through PRME to achieve a more sustainable future. Delegates at the Conference agreed that a PRME Chapter Africa should be created and that University KwaZulu-Natal is ideally placed to facilitate the process, bringing together PRME signatories of the region in an inclusive fashion, in order to advance the Principles regionally, exchange experiences and lessons learned, and to promote peer learning.

We thank the hosts as well as the participants for this successful event and we look forward to ongoing conversations on the creation of PRME Chapter South Africa+.

For more information on the potential PRME South Africa+, contact Henry Wissink, Dean and Head of School Management, IT and Governance, University of Kwazulu-Natal at wissinkh@ukzn.ac.za.

For more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org.

19 Sep 2014

PRME and VLearn.org Partnership

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between PRME and VLearn.org, an online, free access teaching and learning resource for business and management education. VLearn features video interviews with Leading Thinkers & Thinking Leaders from the worlds of business and academia, in a best practice exchange that promotes a more sustainable and socially responsible economy. 

This partnership will promote the Principles of PRME as a valuable addition to the global arena of undergraduate and postgraduate business education. As a preferred partner of PRME, VLearn aims to reflect the values and Principles of PRME, connect to the suggested Sustainable Development Goals of the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda, and exchange ideas for content creation and functionality to ensure that the VLearn site is playing an increasing role in helping to deliver principled educational material to both learners and educators. 

To develop the partnership further, we call on volunteers from the PRME community to form an advisory group to provide feedback and suggestions to further improve the VLearn site. Additionally, we welcome signatory contributions of recent or archival video material for the site, to the share with the wider business school community. Contact PRMESecretariat.unprme.org to express your interest.

18 Sep 2014

Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: UK & Ireland Edition now available!

Since the inception of PRME in 2007, there has been increased debate over how to adapt management education to best meet the demands of the 21st-century business environment. While consensus has been reached by the majority of globally focused management education institutions that sustainability must be incorporated into management education curricula, the relevant question is no longer why management education should change, but how. 

Alongside encouraging new institutions to participate in the initiative, the Inspirational Guide volumes aim to cultivate and inspire actively engaged PRME participants. The Guides have been written with the aim of enabling participants to transition from a global learning community to an action community. 

Following the two previous volumes of the Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME, the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland has compiled this volume which collects the experiences of some of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland institutions. The Guide answers some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the implementation of PRME and celebrates some of the best examples of innovation and leadership by highlighting real-world examples from the most engaged signatories in the UK and Ireland. 

Get a copy here.

15 Sep 2014

PRME Chapter Nordic Becomes Established

(New York, 13 September 2014). The emerging PRME Chapter Nordic has become established after formalising the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chapter and the PRME Secretariat. The PRME Chapter Nordic was initially discussed during the 1st PRME Chapter Meeting held on 11 June 2013 at Copenhagen Business School, as part of the conference: Sustainability in a Scandinavian Context that was coordinated and chaired by Professor Robert Strand of the Copenhagen Business School. That PRME Chapter Nordic meeting was attended by around 40 delegates, many of them from six prominent PRME signatory business and management schools from across the Nordic region. These participants came together to discuss ideas on how to best form the new Chapter with regards to roles, activities, and future events. Last September, a second meeting for the PRME Chapter Nordic was held on the sides of the 2013 PRME Summit – 5th Annual Assembly in Bled, Slovenia.

The PRME Chapter Nordic has the aim to build a network based on further promoting the “cooperative advantage” of the Nordic business context and has determined the following next steps and commitments:

  • To help translate and implement PRME in the local context.
  • To leverage the strength of the existing UN Global Compact Nordic Network and to build a communication forum where the members of the network can share information on their projects.
  • To help and inspire other Nordic business and management schools to sign up for PRME.
  • To host the next PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic tentatively planned for 8-9 June 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  In addition to other Nordic business schools that might host PRME Regional Meetings and Chapter Meetings Nordic, the Copenhagen Business School has committed to host the Sustainability in a Scandinavian Context conference every second year during which time a PRME Nordic Chapter is scheduled to be included.

For more information on the PRME Chapter Nordic, please contact Dr. Robert Strand, coordinator of PRME Chapter Nordic, at rs.ikl@cbs.dk.

For more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

13 Sep 2014

August Recognition - New Signatories, SIPs & Contributions to PRME initiative

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME signatories for the month of August. We welcome new signatories to the PRME initiative (2), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (8), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (9) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories:

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

Financial Contributions:

01 Sep 2014

PRME Working Group on Poverty - Call for Presentations - 1st PRME Research Conference

At the upcoming 1st Responsible Management Education Research Conference to be held in Chur, Switzerland on 30 October 2014, there will be two sessions devoted to responsible management and poverty reduction. The deadline for extended abstract and/or work in progress is 28 September.

This research conference is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on implementing responsible management education in business teaching.

The two poverty themed sessions, proposed by the PRME Working Group on Poverty, are designed to include a wide range of topics and approaches:

  • Research: Advancing the Discussion on Responsible Management, Sustainable Development, and Poverty Alleviation
    The session will explore how research on poverty alleviation can shape responsible management action and practice.  Conceptual, empirical and focused research papers that advance the understanding of the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations, entrepreneurs, social enterprises  or other organizations on poverty reduction and that provide guidance for responsible management education are welcome.  Works in progress and/or proposals for innovative research designs that lead to new insights or challenge established frameworks about responsible management and poverty are also suitable for this session.
  • Teaching: Creating Student Experiences that Integrate Poverty with Responsible Management
    This session will focus on student learning.  Papers that illustrate how to integrate poverty alleviation topics and issues with responsible management through action learning activities, use of multi-/cross-disciplinary faculty teams, curricular/program/course change strategies, involvement of stakeholders as learning partners are welcome for this session.  Proposed innovations in teaching are also suitable for this session.

Our sessions are design for maximum interaction and discussion between participants.  These sessions will provide presenters with valuable feedback for further improving their respective research, publishing and teaching opportunities and practices.

 
*Conference registration fees are waived for all accepted conference papers.

 
Please send your paper, extended abstract and/or work in progress no later than 28 September 2014 to the co-facilitators of the PRME Working Group on Poverty:
          Milenko Gudić milenko.Gudic@ceeman.org and/or
          Al Rosenbloom  right2al@comcast.net

 
We hope to see you in Chur!

 
NOTE: Early submissions can benefit from both better airline fares and having a wider choice of lodging opportunities in Chur.

18 Aug 2014

July Recognition - New Signatories, SIPs & Contributions to PRME initiative

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME signatories for the month of July. We welcome new signatories to the PRME initiative (4), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (17), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (16) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories:

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

Financial Contributions:

01 Aug 2014

Call for Contributions - PRME book collection (Business Expert Press)

Business Expert Press's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) book collection invites further book proposals. With 15 published and forthcoming books, this series is in the process of establishing a compendium on responsible management education and responsible management which is appreciated both in academia and executive education. The collection offers guidance for a growing audience interested in management education for sustainability, responsibility, and ethics, including the over 550 PRME signatory institutions worldwide. Proposals may be related to the following topics or cover additional relevant subject areas as outlined here.

28 Jul 2014

PRME Chapter Iberian (Spain & Portugal) created at PRME workshop

PRME Chapter Iberian (Spain and Portugal) is created during PRME signatory workshop at ESADE Business School

Madrid, Spain 10 July 2014 – The PRME Chapter Iberian (Spain and Portugal) was created during a PRME signatory workshop at ESADE Business School, Madrid, Spain on 10 July, 2014. Following an informal meeting in May at Deusto Business School with some regional PRME signatory school representatives from ESADE Business School, Deusto Business School, IE Business School, IESE Business School, ISEAD, Universidad de Málaga and Universidad Pontificia Comillas, an official 1st Meeting was called by this initial group of Spanish signatories with the support of AESE Escola de Direcção e Negócios from Portugal, for 10 July, to discuss the establishment of a PRME Chapter in Spain and Portugal. 

The initiative in Spain and Portugal has arisen from the meeting of business schools and universities in the region that saw the need to strengthen the participation of signatories of PRME at the regional level—to enhance individual and collective work, promote the adoption of the Principles of PRME in the region, which promote peer learning, dissemination of good practices, experiences and lessons learned—and to create a space for dialogue among the signatories of PRME in Spain and Portugal, who are invited to join this emerging Chapter of PRME in the region. Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, and Legal & Policy Adviser to PRME Secretariat, was present at the meetings.

Main activities and core value proposition of the emerging PRME Chapter Iberian:

Many activities were discussed with the spirit of peer learning, strengthening the regional PRME community and working together progressively, with a realistic and low-cost agenda of activities. The following activities/projects were decided:

  • The PRME Chapter Iberian will be a PRME regional platform that will help recruiting new PRME signatories in the region, as well as help them to advance in the Six Principles of PRME. It will also be a local catalyser and, in coordination with the PRME Secretariat, a link with the UN Global Compact Local Networks in Spain and Portugal.
  • Organise a first workshop on good regional PRME practices in curriculum and teaching, in February 2015 at University Pontificia de Comillas.
    • The workshop will be a space for the signatories to present good practices in relation to PRME
    • The collection of this material will possibly generate a regional Inspirational Guide on the Implementation of PRME.
  • Develop a workstream on indicators: Ten indicators for each of the ten principles will be developed, in order to help PRME institutions to measure the impact of their activities/projects in advancing PRME. This tool would be an important contribution to the global community of PRME.
  • Planned for 2015: A workshop for dialogue with the companies of Global Compact Local Network Spain and Portugal on the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • A taskforce to study best practices in business school management and internal policy (governance, codes of ethics, reporting routines, etc.) for PRME institutions has been proposed and will be elaborated in the next meetings.
  • The PRME Chapter Iberian will establish an online platform to facilitate communication between all signatories of Spain and Portugal.
  • Other PRME signatories in Spain and Portugal have offered to host future meetings in their campuses.

We thank the hosts as well as the participants for this successful event. Please find here the list of participants of this meeting.

For more information on the PRME Chapter Iberian, contact:

José María de la Villa, coordinator PRME Chapter Iberian, Director de Relaciones Institucionales, ESADE Business School at josemaria.delavilla@esade.edu and Maria João Santos, coordinator PRME Chapter Iberian, Professora Auxiliar com Agregação, Sociología ISEG, Lisboa School of Economics & Management at mjsantos@iseg.utl.pt

For more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

10 Jul 2014

PRME 7th Anniversary Webinar: A Reflection on the Journey of PRME

On the occasion of the 7th Anniversary of PRME, members of the original task force, which in 2006-2007 created the 6 Principles of PRME, came together to reflect on the beginnings of PRME, take stock of the present, and look into the future of this UN-supported initiative. The discussion focused around the significance of the initiative in mainstreaming Responsible Management in Higher Education Institutions, rethinking the landscape of sustainability in the classroom and operations, and creating a network of dialogue and action.

The recording and slides of the discussion can be found here. Speakers included Manuel Escudero, Board Member, Deusto Business School and Special Advisor, PRME Secretariat; Patricia H. Werhane, Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University; Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University; and Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office.

07 Jul 2014

Business, Investors, Educators and Governments Convene with UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Agenda

(2 July 2014, New York) – A first-of-its-kind meeting between the UN Global Compact Board, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Advisory Council, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champions Group and ambassadors was held today at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the historic opportunity that business has to shape and advance the post-2015 development agenda.

The high-level luncheon, co-hosted by the Permanent Representatives of Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland to the United Nations, was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly 150 participants, including 30 ambassadors. Remarks and interventions offered by several representatives highlighted a growing recognition by the UN and Member States that responsible business and investors are committed to advancing UN issues and are critical partners in the creation and implementation of a new set of sustainable development goals. Carole Parkes, Director Social Responsibility & Sustainability at Aston Business School, addressed participants on behalf of the PRME Champions.

“Our world’s toughest challenges demand solutions that involve business. No sector alone can slow climate change or reverse biodiversity losses.  No single entity can end corruption, poverty and violence, or promote equality, especially for women,” said the Secretary-General. “Success depends on Governments, companies, investors, educators, activists and citizens. Together, we can foster peace and security, protect human rights and achieve sustainable development.”

The Global Compact introduced a paper, "The Role of Business and Finance in Supporting the Post-2015 Agenda," highlighting the role of business and investors in advancing sustainable development goals through responsible business actions. The paper showcases five implementation mechanisms intended to scale up the contribution of the private sector: small- and medium-sized enterprises, partnerships, transparency and accountability, enabling government policies, and private sustainability finance. It also announces a project, in collaboration with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), to develop measurement parameters to monitor, evaluate and upgrade business efforts towards a new set of sustainable development goals. This follows a previous report submitted to the office of the UN Secretary-General in June 2013.

The Secretary-General thanked dedicated companies for “striving to reach greater sustainability performance,” and pointed to the new white paper as an indication that “the pieces are in place to orient business and markets everywhere towards greater sustainability for the post-2015 era.”

The luncheon was held as part of the Global Compact Board meeting, chaired by the Secretary-General. The meeting focused on key priorities for the initiative including its ongoing work to improve good governance, bring corporate sustainability to scale, and advance the role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda.

In his remarks to the Board on the initiative’s progress and future, the Secretary-General emphasized that the Global Compact “is the first and only public-private initiative of the United Nations based on network governance. Its unique role and attributes have enabled it to grow and innovate beyond all expectations. The initiative has transitioned to a new phase defined by global strength and action.”

 

02 Jul 2014

June Recognition - New Signatories, SIPs & Contributions to PRME initiative

June Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME signatories for the month of June. We welcome new signatories to the PRME initiative (10), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (29), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (17) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports

Financial Contributions:

 

01 Jul 2014

PRME Chapter Latin America and Caribbean becomes formally established [también en español]

PRME Chapter Latin America and Caribbean becomes established at 3rd PRME Regional Meeting LAC

Santa Fe, Mexico City, 18 June 2014 – The PRME Chapter for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) became formally established during the 3rd PRME Regional Meeting LAC, at Egade Business School, Mexico that took place on 17-18 June, 2014. First discussed during the 1st PRME Regional Meeting LAC that took place in December 2011 at IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the PRME Chapter LAC officially launched in 2013, at the 2nd PRME Regional Meeting LAC at CENTRUM Catolica Business School, Lima, Peru. After a productive 3rd meeting, PRME signatories in attendance expressed the intention that the PRME Chapter LAC become formally established, signing a declaration with the following main agreements:

Main activities and core value proposition of the PRME Chapter LAC:

  • Convene Annual Meeting for the region
  • Develop Research Network for LAC
  • Research and develop collection of good practices on SIP Reports for LAC
  • Establish website for the PRME Chapter LAC
  • Create social media platform for the PRME Chapter LAC

Governance structure and coordination:

  • PRME Chapter LAC Advisory Committee
  • PRME Chapter LAC President and main contact 

Additionally agreed, the 4th PRME Regional Meeting LAC will take place at Universidad Externado in Bogota, Colombia in 2015.

The conference at EGADE Business School brought together close to 125 participants in two very productive days, and took place under the patronage of the Global Compact Local Network Mexico. Prominent speakers from business schools, the business sector, and Government gave an overview of the current challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable development, humanistic approach to education, climate change, and the implementation of PRME in the business school. The PRME community in LAC was able to reflect together, share experiences and learn from each other, and in addition, strengthen their partnerships.

We thank the hosts as well as the participants for this successful event.

For more information on the PRME Chapter LAC, please contact Dr. Consuelo Garcia de la Torre, EGADE Business School cogarcia@itesm.mx

If you would like to contact the host of the 4th PRME Regional Meeting LAC, please write to Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado de Colombia at gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

For more information on PRME Chapters, please contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

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El Capítulo PRME América Latina y el Caribe se establece en la 3ra PRME Reunión Regional de LAC

Santa Fe, Ciudad de México, 18 de junio 2014 - El Capítulo PRME para América Latina y el Caribe (LAC) se establecio oficialmente durante la 3ra Reunión Regional de PRME LAC, en Egade Business School, México, que tuvo lugar los días 17-18 de junio de 2014. El mismo, fue discutido por primera vez durante la 1ra Reunión Regional PRME LAC que tuvo lugar en diciembre de 2011 en el IAE Business School en Buenos Aires, Argentina. El PRME Capítulo LAC fue lanzado oficialmente en 2013, en la 2da Reunión Regional de PRME LAC en CENTRUM Católica Business School, Lima, Perú. Después de una tercera reunión muy productiva, signatarios de PRME asistentes expresaron la intención de que el Capítulo de PRME LAC se convertirse en formalmente establecido, por lo cual firmaron una declaración con los siguientes acuerdos principales:

Principales actividades y propuesta de valor central del Capítulo PRME LAC:

  • Convocar a una Reunión Anual de la región
  • Desarrollar una Red de Investigación para LAC
  • Investigación y desarrollo de colección de buenas prácticas en SIP Informes para LAC
  • Establecer página web para el Capítulo PRME LAC
  • Crear plataformas de medios sociales para el Capítulo PRME LAC 
Estructura y coordinación de Gobierno:
  • Comité Directivo del Capítulo PRME LAC
  • Presidente del Capítulo PRME LAC y el contacto principal

Además se acordo que la 4ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC tendrá lugar en la Universidad Externado en Bogotá, Colombia en 2015.

La conferencia en la EGADE Business School reunió cerca de 125 participantes en dos días muy productivos, y se llevó a cabo bajo el patrocinio de la Red Local del Pacto Global México. Oradores destacados de escuelas de negocios, el sector empresarial y de Gobierno dieron una visión general de los retos y oportunidades actuales en relación con el desarrollo sostenible, el enfoque humanista de la educación, el cambio climático, y la implementación de PRME en la escuela de negocios. La comunidad PRME en LAC fue capaz de reflexionar juntos, compartir experiencias y aprender unos de otros y fortalecer sus asociaciones. Damos las gracias a los anfitriones, así como los participantes por hacer de este evento un éxito!

Para obtener más información sobre la PRME Capítulo LAC, por favor comuníquese con la Dra. Consuelo García de la Torre, cogarcia@itesm.mx EGADE Business School

Si desea ponerse en contacto con el anfitrión de la 4ta Reunion Regional PRME LAC, por favor escriba a Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado de Colombia en gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

Para obtener más información sobre los capítulos PRME, por favor póngase en contacto con Florencia Librizzi, Gerente de Participantes y Capítulos, Asesor Legal y Política, Secretariado de PRME, Oficina del Pacto Mundial de las Naciones Unidas librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

18 Jun 2014

Contribute to ESADE/PRME Champions Research Project by 16 June

**Learning in a Social Context Survey**

ESADE is conducting research for the PRME Champions sub-group on Curriculum Development to identify the different experiences of Learning in a Social Context (LSC) developed by PRME signatories. LSC is a designation that encompasses education proposals at all course levels that share at least four characteristics:

  • They take place outside of the classroom;
  • They have a strong experiential component;
  • They require the integration of different subjects and skills;
  • They are carried out in a social-oriented context.

 
We invite you and your colleagues to support this research project by sharing your LSC-style programmes by responding at http://lsc.esade.edu no later than 16 June.

 
NOTES:

  • Please complete one survey for each programme.
  • The LSC activity should be part of the curriculum.
  • The survey domain is for business students only but it may include programmes where business students are mixed with other students. Graduate level and undergraduate level students are both of interest.
  • Please do not refer to business related activities as LSC programs are carried out in a social-oriented context. 

Finally, we would like to underline that the responses we receive will be compiled in a PRME publication on the LSC experiences of PRME signatory institutions. Please feel free to contact ESADE with any comments or if require any additional information (maria.prandi@esade.edu).

 

11 Jun 2014

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