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PRME at the Global Compact's 10th Anniversary Celebration of the 10th Principle: Anti-Corruption

The UN Global Compact commemorated the 10th anniversary of its 10th Principle against Corruption, recognising this milestone, highlighting private sector successes in the fight against corruption and looking toward future action, particularly in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goal number 16 on good governance.

The event provided a platform for over 200 business representatives and key stakeholders from Government, civil society, academia, Global Compact Local Networks and others to share lessons learned in the last 10 years of business engagement in the fight against corruption. Participants explored effective ways to engage in collaboration and collective action that advance the global fight against corruption.

Alongside the celebrations, the PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption convened to conclude their work under the Siemens Integrity Initiative. They focused on defining next steps, community building among the members, and strengthening the links to the UN Global Compact Working Group and other partners.

During the 15th Meeting of the UN Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle against Corruption participants had an opportunity to join the interactive computer simulation programme, “HONEST,” an interactive Integrity Training, conducted by the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur. This interactive simulation (HONEST) has been developed to sensitise and train students, business professionals and public employees on corruption prevention in international settings. Throughout the simulation participants experience realistic scenarios based on practical experiences. HONEST was developed by the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland in cooperation with Siemens (Schweiz) AG, TATA Interactive Systems AG and sponsored by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur is an active PRME signatory, member of the PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption, member of the PRME Champions leadership group, and founding member of the regional PRME Chapter DACH.

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PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption in Curriculum Change

The PRME Working Group on Anti-Corruption in Curriculum Change was created in 2008 with the aim to develop good practices, encourage curriculum change, and promote research by collecting and disseminating knowledge with a practical emphasis in the fields of Business Ethics, Transparency, and Good Governance. With support from the Siemens Integrity Initiative, the group developed and maintains a free, open-source PRME Anti-Corruption Toolkit. The eleven modules of the Toolkit include background reading material, detailed case discussions, and an array of primary sources and scenarios. The modules can be used individually or as a stand-alone MBA course on anti-corruption. The aim of the Toolkit is to address the ethical, moral, and practical challenges that students may face in the marketplace. Educators and practitioners are invited to visit the online portal to access content, suggest changes or updates to existing material, or contribute new resources, at http://actoolkit.unprme.org.

10 Dec 2014

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

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of October. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (4), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (10), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (21) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories & Supporting Organisations:

 

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

 

Financial Contributions:

01 Dec 2014

Global Compact LEAD Symposium Imagines the Future Corporation

(New York, 20 November 2014) – With a transition underway by global business towards sustainability, companies and sustainability experts today helped to sketch an outline of The Future Corporation during the Global Compact LEAD Symposium, held at UN Headquarters in New York.

The annual Global Compact LEAD Symposium is designed to engage LEAD companies – a small group of companies committed to achieving leadership sustainability performance – and global experts to exchange experiences and views on advanced aspects around corporate vision, strategy and practice.

Imagining “The Future Corporation”

Today’s discussions build on the understanding that companies must play a key role in meeting the social, environmental and economic needs of our planet. While business strategies and practices are beginning to change to address sustainability challenges, many more companies need to join the movement and sharpen the focus on transformative initiatives and strategies.

Participants in today’s event were challenged to identify key characteristics of what the sustainable corporation should look like in the future – how it will create value, be governed, and engage with stakeholders. At its core, the future corporation should respond to the real needs of people and societies, take a long-term and holistic approach to value creation, and fully account for externalities and the company’s impacts.

Key aspects of business leadership were recognized as critical to realize the corporation of the future:

  • Get full support at the highest levels of governance and decision-making. As the highest level of governance in most large corporations, Boards of Directors can help realize “the future corporation”.  
  • Align business strategies with sustainable development priorities such as the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Better analyze and communicate the impact of corporate sustainability on financial performance in order for investors to reward the most sustainable companies in the marketplace and to address short-termism in capital markets, companies must.
  • Demonstrate leadership by identifying new forms of partnership and collaboration that address challenges that no entity or sector can solve alone.

Building on this theme of leadership, the UN Global Compact launched an innovative programme to bring sustainability issues into the boardroom, so that companies can better manage risk and opportunities. Developed by Global Compact LEAD and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the first of its kind Global Compact Board Programme supports Boards of Directors to effectively oversee and drive a strategic approach to corporate sustainability, and to respond to the interests of all their key stakeholders while protecting and creating financial value.

Today’s Symposium also featured the online participation of a global audience of business school students and faculty through a live webcast. This collaborative effort with PRME – a network of business schools worldwide – offered future business leaders the opportunity to share their vision of The Future Corporation and to engage with LEAD participants on discussions related to the event.

About Global Compact LEAD – Innovation through Action
Global Compact LEAD is an exclusive platform designed to engage the most committed companies within the Global Compact to lead the way to a new era of sustainability. With participation from sustainability leaders from all regions and sectors, LEAD brings a wealth of expertise to the challenge of achieving higher levels of corporate sustainability performance. See full list of over 50 LEAD participants and learn more at www.unglobalcompact.org/LEAD.

Contact

Ole Hansen
Head, Global Compact LEAD
hansen4@unglobalcompact.org

20 Nov 2014

New Programme Puts Sustainability on the Agenda for Boards of Directors

At conclusion of two-year pilot phase, UN Global Compact launches innovative Global Compact Board Programme to all 8,000 companies

(New York, 20 November 2014) – The UN Global Compact today launched an innovative programme to help move sustainability issues from the backroom to the boardroom, so that companies can better manage risk and opportunities for growth by developing solutions that respond to the future demands of people and needs of the planet.

As the first of its kind, the Global Compact Board Programme supports Boards of Directors to effectively oversee and drive a strategic approach to corporate sustainability, and to respond to the interests of all their key stakeholders while protecting and creating financial value.

Developed by Global Compact LEAD and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – in collaboration with knowledge partners The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and DLA Piper – the Board Programme seeks to accelerate recognition by corporate leaders of the material impacts of non-financial issues, and integrate sustainability into business strategy and operations.

“In order to move towards more inclusive and sustainable markets, there must be full ownership and oversight at the highest levels of corporate governance and decision-making,” said Georg Kell, UN Global Compact Executive Director. “Boards of Directors are uniquely positioned to ensure the long-term viability of the business and to recruit and create the right incentives for the next generation of business leaders. Our goal is to put sustainability on both the CEO and Board agendas like never before.”

Board adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability, while on the rise in some respects, represents an area where vast improvement and gains can be achieved, as companies often demonstrate a “performance gap” between ambition and execution on sustainability. In a recent survey of nearly 2,000 Global Compact companies, 90 percent stated that their Boards discuss and act on sustainability issues, while only 15 percent provide corporate responsibility training for Board members.

The Board Programme aims to support Boards in the following ways:

  • Align on the strategic imperative of corporate sustainability as critical for the company’s long-term viability and the distinction between issues that are strategic and non-strategic to the industry.
  • Realize the integral role that Board members can and should play in overseeing, incentivizing and driving corporate sustainability, embedding it into Board duties and structures.
  • Demonstrate leadership on Board adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability with investors, employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Organized in two strategic sessions on the “Materiality of Sustainability” and “The Role of the Board”, the Board Programme features in-house delivery by a global roster of expert facilitators with corporate governance and sustainability expertise across a number of industries. To ensure maximum relevance and impact, the Programme is customized to the needs of the individual company and carried out as a collaborative effort over the course of two to three months. The Programme offers access to a database of expertise and resources across sustainability, strategy, governance and business model innovation topics designed specifically for Boards of Directors.

"Because it can affect the long-term competitive and financial performance of a company, sustainability is now firmly on the corporate agenda," stated Martin Reeves, a BCG senior partner who collaborated on the design of the Programme. "Therefore, boards of directors, as the highest decision making bodies of corporations, have an essential role to play. The Global Compact Board Programme, which BCG is privileged to support, helps boards identify and understand the key sustainability issues for their organizations—and define the right policies and governance structures for the specific business contexts they face."

Six Global Compact LEAD companies from Europe, Asia and Africa – Enel S.p.S., Eni S.p.A., Eskom, SK Telecom, Sinopec Limited and Yara International ASA – have piloted the Board Programme. Guided by the experiences of these LEAD companies, the Programme will now be made available to all UN Global Compact corporate participants with relevant governance models. In addition, Global Compact Local Networks in South Africa, Italy, Brazil and China will work to elevate awareness around the crucial roles of Boards within their countries.

The Board Programme is being launched during today’s 5th Global Compact LEAD Symposium, which will challenge participants to sketch a vision for “The Future Corporation”. LEAD companies and invited experts will identify key characteristics of what the sustainable corporation could and should look like in the future – how it will be governed, create value and manage its impact on society – highlighting the transition of the global business community that is already underway, fueled by deeper integration of sustainability into strategies and operations. 

About Global Compact LEAD – Innovation through Action
Global Compact LEAD is an exclusive platform designed to engage the most committed companies within the Global Compact to lead the way to a new era of sustainability. With participation from sustainability leaders from all regions and sectors, LEAD brings a wealth of expertise to the challenge of achieving higher levels of corporate sustainability performance. See full list of over 50 LEAD participants and learn more at www.unglobalcompact.org/LEAD.

Media Contacts

UN Global Compact
Kristen Coco
Public Affairs and Media Relations
cocok@un.org, +1 917-367-8566 or +1 917-288-0787 (m)

BCG
Madeleine Desmond
Senior Media Relations Specialist
desmond.madeleine@bcg.com, +1 212- 446- 2856 or +1 917-634-6528 (m)

20 Nov 2014

Join the virtual conversation: Global Compact LEAD Symposium – The Future Corporation

2014 LEAD Symposium: The Future Corporation

This year’s Global Compact LEAD Symposium will challenge participants to sketch a vision for The Future Corporation. The transition toward deeper integration of sustainability into corporate strategies and operations has begun. LEAD aims to use the opportunity of its 5th Symposium to outline a corporate sustainability roadmap for the global business community. Participants will identify key characteristics of what the sustainable corporation could and should look like in the future, as well as how The Future Corporation will be governed, create value, and manage its impact on society.

While the event is open exclusively to LEAD participants, the PRME community is invited to view a live-stream of the Symposium. Download the live-stream agenda. Click here to access the live-stream on the day of the event.
  

LEAD companies want to hear from business school professors and students about their vision of The Future Corporation and to engage on related discussions in the lead-up to, during, and after the event.*

  • Submit Questions to the Q&A
    Students and professors are invited to submit questions in advance for the segments "Ask a Sustainability Professional" using #GCLEAD and #FutureCorporation on Twitter. Featured speakers include:
    • Gavin Power - Deputy Director, UN Global Compact
    • Vivian Mac Knight - Climate Change and New Economy Manager, Vale
    The PRME community is also encouraged to send questions in advance for Joel Bakan. His documentary, The Corporation, will be shown via the livestream followed by a Q&A with Joel Bakan about the film's lessons and implications for the future. View the documentary here or a synopsis here.
  • Watch and Tweet LIVE
    On 20 November, students are invited to watch the Live-stream and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #FutureCorporation and #GCLEAD. The live Twitter feed will be displayed in the conference, and attendees in the room will be encouraged to engage in dialogue with those watching the live-stream: www.unglobalcompact.org/LEADSymposiumOnline.


* Online participants are requested to mention their academic affiliation and/or home country in their Tweets.

19 Nov 2014

Three new regional PRME Chapters launched in Asia

Kuala Lumpur, 14 November 2014  – At the conclusion of the 5th PRME Regional Forum Asia participants agreed to launch three PRME Chapters for the Asia region focusing on East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea), the Asean region as well as South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The Regional Forum, which was hosted by Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business at University Utara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was held from 13-14 November 2014. The event was supported by the World Association of Business Schools in Islamic Countries and held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

The PRME Regional Forum Asia provided a platform for business school thought leaders and stakeholders to meet and discuss global challenges in the Asian context. The discussions focused on ways in which business schools are going about developing more responsible management graduates. In particular, participants stressed that Asian viewpoints need to be stressed and what is different in Asia compared to other regions. The collaboration between academic and non-academic organizations within the PRME initiatives was acknowledged as an important factor.

Participants supported the idea of establishing at least three regional PRME Chapters with the following contact points:

PRME Chapter Asean+, participants agreed to the appointment of the Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB), Universiti Utara Malaysia as the secretariat. OYAGSB will undertake the responsibility to contact and network with the business schools in the ASEAN region to promote PRME’s principles within the region and carry out activities for region. The Dean of OYAGSB will provide the leadership for this initiative.

PRME Chapter South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and others), IILM Institute for Higher Education, Goa Institute of Management,  and Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed of the Daily Star, Bangladesh agreed to take the responsibility to lead the process of contacting the relevant business school and start the process of establishing the South Asian PRME Chapter.

PRME Chapter  East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea), Dr. Alison Elizabeth Lloyd from the Faculty of Business, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University will provide the leadership to contact and move the process of getting people from the region to work together.

The 6th PRME Regional Forum Asia will take place at the Goa Institute of Management, India, from 27-28 November 2015.

Photos of the 5th PRME Regional Forum Asia can be accessed here.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

14 Nov 2014

Peer-to-peer learning and anti-corruption topic to be promoted through new PRME MENA Chapter

(Casablanca, 11 November 2014) – The successful 4th PRME MENA Regional Forum, ”Regional and Local Challenges for Responsible Management Education,” took place at ESCA School of Management, in Casablanca, Morocco on 10-11 November, resulting in the launch of the established PRME Chapter MENA.

As the Arab world is facing deep changes and difficult transitions, this year’s PRME MENA Regional Forum highlighted the importance for business schools and universities on the South and East coast of the Mediterranean to implement the Principles for Responsible Management Education in classrooms through curriculum, research, dialogue and teaching, and to adapt their strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities.

Eminent representatives from government, academia, the private sector and the PRME community, presented at this forum. Almost six hundred participants registered to this event and another 564 followed the forum via live stream. The on-site and web participants came from Algeria, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Morocco, the Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA.

Additionally, the 4th PRME MENA Regional Forum provided a space to further discuss the future of the PRME Chapter MENA, which was proposed and endorsed during the previous three PRME MENA Regional Fora taking place at the American University in Cairo; the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik; and the University of Dubai. As a result of these conversations, the PRME Chapter MENA has now become established under the coordination of America University in Cairo.

Main activities and core value proposition of the established PRME Chapter MENA:

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:

1. Teaching: Curriculum development, content sharing, and faculty webinars on topics of interest

2. Research: Anti-corruption, among other topics

3. Outreach on the sustainability literacy test

4. Women on boards in the Arab Region

5. The 5th PRME MENA Regional Forum will be hosted by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business, German Jordan University, in 2015

6. The 6th PRME MENA Regional Forum will be hosted by School of Business, the American University in Cairo, in 2016

The PRME Secretariat wishes to thank ESCA School of Management as the host, as well as the participants, for this successful event.

If you would like to participate in the activities of the PRME Chapter MENA please contact Prof. Ghada Howaidy at ghowaidy@aucegypt.edu. If you would like 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 Nov 2014

Three in four commitments to 2012 Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) implemented

(Nagoya, 9 November 2014) – Around three-quarters of all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) having made a voluntary pledge as part of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) in 2012, were found to have made at least partial progress on their commitment, according to a preliminary report. The study to review the progress of the 272 HEI commitments made at the occasion of the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found that these commitments played an enabling role in mobilising HEIs towards ensuring a sustainable future. While the level of progress varied significantly among the committing institutions, this majority figure provides an optimistic outlook that these academic institutions are progressing on implementing the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) agenda. The majority of institutions actively support sustainable development through education, research, operations and outreach programmes, demonstrating noteworthy patterns in the types of outcomes and the implementation methodologies used to achieve these outcomes. Tools leveraged by these institutions primarily included strategic plans, working groups and reporting.

The preliminary HESI progress report, conducted by the PRME Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Office, with comments from the HESI co-convening UN partners UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations University (UNU), was issued at the occasion of the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development on 9 November, in Nagoya, Japan, and the following UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014, taking place from 10-12 November 2014. The former was organised by UNU, in collaboration with UNESCO, PRME, UN DESA, UNEP and the International Association of Universities, and reflected on the achievements and challenges for education institutions in implementing ESD priority areas. The conference also served as a follow-up to the commitments made by participants of HESI. Here, the conference provided a unique opportunity to look back on the progress made, as well as critically examine the challenges and collaboratively develop pathways to scale their transformative impact.

For a copy of the progress report, please see here.

For further information, please contact:
Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat
UN Global Compact
haertle@unglobalcompact.org

09 Nov 2014

Conference Declaration Renews Commitments to Higher Education for Sustainable Development for UNESCO Global Action Program

(Nagoya, 9 November 2014) - United Nations University (UNU) in partnership with the PRME Secretariat and other UN organisations and programs organised the International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Higher Education Beyond 2014 in Nagoya, Japan. Marking the final year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005–2014, the conference celebrated achievements throughout the decade and reviewed commitments to education for sustainable development (ESD) beyond 2014. With approximately 750 participants from 66 countries, it highlighted the major challenges and pathways for transforming higher education, with a focus on mainstreaming innovative practices in learning, knowledge development, and research.

The conference was organised in collaboration with UNESCO, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative and the International Association of Universities (IAU). The co-organisers of the event were the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and Nagoya University.

The conference resulted in the Nagoya Declaration on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, in which conference participants reaffirmed and renewed commitments made within the framework of the UN DESD. The declaration also serves as a call upon world leaders to support the transformative role of higher education towards sustainable development, and to recognise the essential role and responsibility of higher education institutions (HEIs) towards creating sustainable societies. The declaration and the outcomes of the event were shared at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, also held in Nagoya on 10–12 November.

The conference opened with remarks by David M. Malone (Rector, UNU), Irina Bokova (Director-General, UNESCO), and other high-level speakers. In the first high-level panel on the “whole-institution approach”, Hans Van Ginkel (former UNU Rector) called for HEIs to implement a matrix organisation principle by which disciplines are connected through breakthrough science. The whole-institution approach to ESD would need to go beyond education and research in order to reach society more broadly.

Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat said: "This conference emphasised that many UN partners are committed to advancing ESD beyond 2014 through promoting sustainability values in curriculum, research and thought leadership. We are committed to strengthening our networks and links between different UN engagement platforms."

Discussions following the panel sessions focused on advancing policy, transforming learning and training environments, building capacities of educators and trainers, empowering and mobilising youth, accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level, and links between academia and the business sector.

For more information on the event please visit the conference website. Presentation slides are available in the Related Files tab.

Contact:
Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat
haertle@unglobalcompact.org

09 Nov 2014

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

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of October. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (13), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (17), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (22) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories & Supporting Organisations:

 

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

 

Financial Contributions:

03 Nov 2014

PRME DACH Meeting results in launch of five projects to further embed PRME in German-speaking Europe

(Chur, Switzerland, 31 October 2014) The Responsible Management Education Research Conference, "The Future of Responsible Management Education," took place on 30 October 2014 at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland, offering a forum for research on the manifold initiatives and measures undertaken to implement PRME in business teaching for the future we want. In addition to distinguished keynote speakers the conference offered interactive sessions on theme-focused work streams around Responsible Management Education (RME) covering a broad spectrum of topics including poverty reduction and social business, anti-corruption and business integrity, sustainable economic growth, sustainability in food and agriculture, green economy and sustainable innovation as well as systems thinking, service-learning, and curriculum change. More than 170 participants from around 30 countries, and all seven continents, participated, establishing the basis for an on-going discourse for academics and students, as well as practitioners, on the core idea of furthering sustainable development through management education and responsible business conduct.

In addition to this conference, the established PRME Chapter DACH held their 2nd PRME Regional Meeting DACH on 31 October 2014. During this workshop, participants expressed their interest to continue working together and strengthening the engagement in the region, leading to the definition of the following projects and activities. 

Main activities and core value proposition of the established PRME Chapter DACH:

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:

  • Analysis of the Mission Statements of the Universities on the light of PRME (Hochschulstrategie/Mission Statements)
  • Understanding Responsible Management Education in the DACH context (RME: Verstandnis im DACH-Kontext)
  • Curriculum Development (Entwicklung Curriculum/Programme)
  • Faculty Development (Weiterbildung)
  • Student perspectives
  • Holding the 3rd PRME Regional Meeting DACH in Frankfurt in 2015
  • Holding the 4rd PRME Regional Meeting and Research Conference 2016 at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

 

The PRME Secretariat wishes to thank HTW Chur as the host, as well as the participants, for this successful event.

If you would like to participate in the activities of the PRME Chapter DACH please contact Prof. Dr. Lutz Schlange at lutz.schlange@htwchur.ch. If you would like 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

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PRME DACH ebnet den Weg für fünf PRME-Projekte im deutschsprachigen Europa

(Chur in der Schweiz, 31. Oktober 2014)

Die Konferenz für Responsible Management Education Research, "Die Zukunft der verantwortungsvollen Managerausbildung," fand am 30. Oktober 2014 auf der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur in der Schweiz statt und bot eine Forschungsplattform für die zahlreichen verschiedenen Initiativen und Maßnahmen zur Implementierung von PRME in der zukünftig angestrebten Wirtschaftslehre. Zusätzlich zu den herausragenden Keynote-Sprechern bot die Konferenz interaktive Sessions zu schwerpunktbasierten Arbeitsabläufen rund um verantwortungsvolle Managerausbildung (Responsible Management Education = RME) an und deckte damit ein breites Spektrum an Themen ab, inklusive der Bekämpfung von Armut, Social Business, Antikorruption und Geschäftsintegrität, nachhaltiges Wirtschaftswachstum, Nachhaltigkeit von Lebensmitteln und Landwirtschaft, grüne Wirtschaft und nachhaltige Innovationen, sowie systemorientiertes Denken, Lernen durch Engagement und Veränderungen im Curriculum. Mehr als 170 Teilnehmer aus über 30 Ländern auf allen sieben Kontinenten waren anwesend und bildeten gemeinsam die Grundlage für den weiterführenden Diskurs für Akademiker, Studenten und Teilnehmer aus der Praxis mit dem Hauptaugenmerk auf der Förderung nachhaltiger Entwicklung durch Managerausbildung und verantwortungsvolle Geschäftsabläufe.

Außerdem hielt am 31. Oktober 2014 die renommierte PRME Chapter DACH das zweite PRME Regional Meeting DACH ab. Während dieses Workshops verliehen die Teilnehmer ihrem Interesse an einer weiteren Zusammenarbeit zur Stärkung des regionalen Engagements Ausdruck, was zur Ausarbeitung der folgenden Projekte und Aktivitäten führte. 

Schwerpunkte und Kernprämissen der renommierten PRME Chapter DACH:

Die Schwerpunkte wurden im Sinne des "Peer-Learning" diskutiert, in Richtung der Stärkung der regionalen PRME-Gemeinschaft und der gemeinsamen Bemühungen zur Beseitigung der Barrieren auf dem Weg zu verantwortungsvollem Management. So wurden die folgenden Projekte als Schwerpunkte vorgeschlagen:

  • Analyse der Unternehmensleitbilder der Universitäten im Lichte der PRME (Hochschulstrategie/ Mission Statements)
  • Verständnis der verantwortungsvollen Managerausbildung im DACH-Kontext (RME: Verständnis im DACH-Kontext)
  • Entwicklung des Curriculums
  • Weiterbildung
  • Perspektiven für Studenten
  • Drittes PRME Regional Meeting DACH in Frankfurt im Jahr 2015
  • Viertes PRME Regional Meeting und Forschungskonferenz im Jahr 2016 an der IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Das PRME Sekretariat dankt sowohl dem Gasteber HTW Chur als auch den Teilnehmern für diese erfolgreiche Veranstaltung.

Sollten Sie sich an den Aktivitäten von PRME Chapter DACH beteiligen wollen, so kontaktieren Sie bitte Prof. Dr. Lutz Schlange unter lutz.schlange@htwchur.ch. Wünschen Sie mehr Informationen zu PRME Chapters, so kontaktieren Sie bitte Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser im PRME Sekretariat, UN-Büro des Global Compact unter librizzi@unglobalcompact.org.

 

31 Oct 2014

PRME & Giving Voice to Values award given for Outstanding Case Study on Anti-Corruption

(Austin, Texas, 25 October 2014) The winner of the award for Outstanding Case Study on Anti-Corruption, given by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Giving Voice to Values (GVV), was announced at the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) conference in Austin, Texas, on 25 October, 2014. Vasilia Kilibarda and Adam Waytz, of Northwestern University, took the prize for their case, "Through the Eyes of A Whistle-Blower: How Sherry Hunt Spoke Up About Citibank's Mortgage Fraud." The case, along with video supplements and teaching note is already scheduled for use in a number of business education settings.

The Outstanding GVV-Style Case on Anti-corruption Award was part of PRME’s efforts to promote anti-corruption as a topic to be integrated into curricula in business schools and higher education institutions around the world, as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative. 


At the 2015 NACRA conference, NACRA and GVV will award another prize for the Outstanding Giving Voice To Values-Style Case Study. For more information, please contact: mgentile3@babson.edu


The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative of the United Nations Global Compact seeks to inspire and champion responsible management education, research, and thought leadership globally. Currently, over 500 business schools and management education-related institutions from 80 countries are signatory to the Principles. 

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative, cross-disciplinary business curriculum and action-oriented pedagogical approach for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership. The unique pedagogy and curriculum has been piloted in hundreds of business schools and increasingly in companies and other settings as well, on all seven continents. For access to the curriculum, see www.GivingVoiceToValues.org.

Giving Voice To Values works in close collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Management Education.

 

25 Oct 2014

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

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