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PRME Issues 2015 Annual Report/2016 Outlook

In 2015, seventy-eight new institutions signed on to the PRME initiative, raising the total to nearly 650 active PRME participants from 83 countries. At the same time, 198 institutions submitted SIP reports, while 18 were delisted for failure to meet the mandatory reporting requirement. As the initiative grows, individual signatories and groups, such as PRME Chapters and PRME Champions, push responsible management education to new levels and continue to drive forward this community. This report provides us with an opportunity to reflect on highlights from the past year and look forward to exciting projects and priorities in 2016.

We are happy to report that in 2015:

  • Twelve PRME Regional Meetings were held to discuss and activate responsible management practices in the local context, with two new PRME Chapters emerging (PRME Chapter Central and Eastern Europe & PRME Chapter India) and one new established Chapter (PRME Chapter North America). In 2016, 14 PRME Regional Meetings are scheduled.
  • The PRME Champions group concluded its 2014-2015 pilot phase and took on applications for the new phase of PRME Champions projects that began in January 2016.

Coming up in 2016:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will continue to be placed at the forefront of the PRME community, acting as the Flagship Issue for both the UN Global Compact and PRME. In this respect, PRME will focus on enabling and mobilizing management educators and students as well as young innovators to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Accordingly, PRME signatory institutions are encouraged to align their work with the SDGs through individual commitments and collaborative action through PRME Workstreams, Chapters, and other engagement platforms.
  • The PRME Secretariat, along with the PRME Steering Committee and PRME Advisory Committee, is updating PRME’s strategic goals through a strategic review process.

As 2016 progresses, PRME will continue to link the PRME community to relevant news and opportunities at the global, regional, and local levels, and with stakeholders across sectors.


For more 2015 highlights and 2016 updates, read the 2015 Annual Report/2016 Outlook here. 

In 2015, seventy-eight new institutions signed on to the PRME initiative, raising the total to nearly 650 active PRME participants from 83 countries. At the same time, 198 institutions submitted SIP reports, while 18 were delisted for failure to meet the mandatory reporting requirement. As the initiative grows, individual signatories and groups, such as PRME Chapters and PRME Champions, push responsible management education to new levels and continue to drive forward this community. This report provides us with an opportunity to reflect on highlights from the past year and look forward to exciting projects and priorities in 2016.

We are happy to report that in 2015:

  • Twelve PRME Regional Meetings were held to discuss and activate responsible management practices in the local context, with two new PRME Chapters emerging (PRME Chapter Central and Eastern Europe & PRME Chapter India) and one new established Chapter (PRME Chapter North America). In 2016, 14 PRME Regional Meetings are scheduled.

·         The PRME Champions group concluded its 2014-2015 pilot phase and took on applications for the new phase of PRME Champions projects that began in January 2016.

Coming up in 2016:

-       The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will continue to be placed at the forefront of the PRME community, acting as the Flagship Issue for both the UN Global Compact and PRME. In this respect, PRME will focus on enabling and mobilizing management educators and students as well as young innovators to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Accordingly, PRME signatory institutions are encouraged to align their work with the SDGs through individual commitments and collaborative action through PRME Workstreams, Chapters, and other engagement platforms.

-       The PRME Secretariat, along with the PRME Steering Committee and PRME Advisory Committee, is updating PRME’s strategic goals through a strategic review process. 

As 2016 progresses, PRME will continue to link the PRME community to relevant news and opportunities at the global, regional, and local levels, and with stakeholders across sectors.

 

For more 2015 highlights and 2016 updates, read the 2015 Annual Report/2016 Outlook here. 

08 Feb 2016

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

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of January. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (6), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (13), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (7) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories:

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:  

Financial Contributions:

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of December. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (2), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (15), and express our collective thanks to all participants thatcontributed financially (17) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories:

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:  

Financial Contributions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04 Feb 2016

PRME Chapter DACH Hosts Successful Chapter Meeting – Highlighting SDGs and Strengthening Collaboration with Global Compact Network

(Frankfurt, Germany, 4 November 2015) – PRME Chapter DACH hosted its 3rd PRME Chapter Meeting DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Frankfurt, Germany, 4 November 2015. The 1st PRME Chapter Meeting DACH, in February 2014 set an important milestone in the journey of the Chapter DACH, which was built upon in the 2nd PRME Chapter Meeting DACH, in October 2014.

At the meeting, Jonas Haertle presented on the PRME initiative’s current standing, as well as its short-term (2016) and mid-term (2017-2018) outlooks. The rollout of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was highlighted. Haertle stressed that for actions towards the achievement of the SDGs to occur at PRME signatory institutions, PRME Regional Chapters must act as facilitators.

Jurgen Janseen of the UN Global Compact Local Network Germany (GC LN-D) continued the conversation on SDGs, stating that the GC LN-D has been adopting the SDGs in a reserved manner. He stated that the (re) formulation of the German National Sustainability Strategy could provide some orientation and incentive for companies. Moving forward, GC LN-D will continue focusing on human rights and integrity, climate policies, supply chain management, and reporting. Furthermore, Janssen stated that he will advocate for the integration of a PRME DACH representative in the GC LN-D steering group.

Antonio Hautle presented on behalf of the UN Global Compact Local Network Switzerland (GC LN-CH). Top priorities for this group include business and human rights, the extractive and financial industries, and new forms of collaboration with academia (in cooperation with PRME Chapter DACH). Hautle will also advocate for an adequate representation of PRME Chapter DACH in the GC LN-CH.

Rudi Kurz presented  on behalf of the UN Global Compact LEAD and PRME and spoke about his participation in the discussion of the project “Shaping the Future Business Leader” at the Global Forum.

Georg Muller-Christ presented on behalf of the Working Group “Hochschulen and Nachhaltigkeit” within the UNESCO Decade Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which ended in 2014 and has been replaced with the Global Action Plan (GAP). There is a chance that PRME will be able to cooperate with the German UNESCO group moving forward.

During the meeting, the topic of “Advancing DACH” was stressed. This will occur through the following:

-      Michael Wihlenda presented on the World-Ethos Institute at Tubingen University, which is initiating an innovative approach for student engagement: the “World Citizen School.” The initiative has pioneered student engagement through a “bottom-up” initiative, and also just recently delivered its first PRME SIP report. A webinar has been developed to follow up and to cater the results to business schools in order to help them initiate a World Citizen School at their own institution.

  • DACH Working Groups

-       Program/Curriculum Development: Johannes Dickel and Alexander Herzner presented preliminary outcomes of the working group, which held workshops 2 February 2015 and 28 September 2015. The next workshop will be held on 15 February 2016 at MCI, Innsbruck. The group will focus on the development of a framework based on PRME and adapted to particular needs of engineering and management education programs, a certificate to acknowledge extracurricular student engagement in areas of ethics and sustainability, and engaging students in the SIP reporting process. Successful actions have taken place through the first annual Winter School, MCI’s pilot-project for a certificate in Responsible (Self-) Management, and support through an innovative model pilot to engage students in the SIP reporting mechanism by elaborating suitable sustainability metrics in their business ethics courses.

-       Responsible Management Education (RME): Bernd Banke presented a draft outline of a joint project on “Universal Social Responsibility.” The purpose of this project is to build an online-database integrating relevant materials to assist in implementing responsible business in institutions while fostering collaboration between PRME members. This working group is happy to welcome colleagues from other PRME DACH signatory schools interested in collaborating (please contact Bernd Banke, Reutlingen University, Bernd.Banke@Reutlingen-University.DE, ++49 7121 271 6013).

-       Strategy/Mission Statement: This working group is currently exploring ways to conceptualize an instrument designed to reflect the way signatory schools have integrated the PRME in their mission statements as well as to offer them guidance for improving this key process. This working group is happy to welcome colleagues from other PRME DACH signatory schools interested in collaborating (please contact Lutz E. Schlange, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, lutz.schlange@htwchur.ch, ++4181 2863966).

 

The PRME Chapter DACH steering group was also discussed. Current members of the steering group are confirmed to serve for another year: Reinhard Altenburger (Krems), Johannes Dickel (MCI Innsbruck), Rudi Kurz (Pforzheim), Lutz E. Schlange (speaker, Chur), Michael Wihlenda (Tübingen), and Heike Brost (Frankfurt). The re-election of the steering group will occur at the PRME Chapter Meeting DACH in 2016. Considerations were made to supplement the steering group with members of the UN Global Compact local networks D, A, CH. This step would induce a change of the PRME Chapter DACH Terms of Reference.

 

The next PRME Chapter DACH steering group meting will occur in March/April 2016 in Vienna. Additionally, the 2016 Research Conference and PRME Chapter Meeting DACH will occur at IMC Krems on 9-10 Nov 2016. 

For a detailed outcomes document from the 3rd PRME Chapter DACH Meeting, please view the Meeting Minutes and Presentations.

For opportunities to engage with the Chapter, please view the upcoming Winter School details and flyer resources.

 

(Frankfurt, Germany, 4 November 2015) – PRME Chapter DACH hosted its 3rd PRME Chapter Meeting DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Frankfurt, Germany, 4 November 2015. The 1st PRME Chapter Meeting DACH, in February 2014 set an important milestone in the journey of the Chapter DACH, which was built upon in the 2nd PRME Chapter Meeting DACH, in October 2014.

At the meeting, Jonas Haertle presented on the PRME initiative’s current standing, as well as its short-term (2016) and mid-term (2017-2018) outlooks. The rollout of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was highlighted. Haertle stressed that for actions towards the achievement of the SDGs to occur at PRME signatory institutions, PRME Regional Chapters must act as facilitators.

Jurgen Janseen of the UN Global Compact Local Network Germany (GC LN-D) continued the conversation on SDGs, stating that the GC LN-D has been adopting the SDGs in a reserved manner. He stated that the (re) formulation of the German National Sustainability Strategy could provide some orientation and incentive for companies. Moving forward, GC LN-D will continue focusing on human rights and integrity, climate policies, supply chain management, and reporting. Furthermore, Janssen stated that he will advocate for the integration of a PRME DACH representative in the GC LN-D steering group.

Antonio Hautle presented on behalf of the UN Global Compact Local Network Switzerland (GC LN-CH). Top priorities for this group include business and human rights, the extractive and financial industries, and new forms of collaboration with academia (in cooperation with PRME Chapter DACH). Hautle will also advocate for an adequate representation of PRME Chapter DACH in the GC LN-CH.

Rudi Kurz presented  on behalf of the UN Global Compact LEAD and PRME and spoke about his participation in the discussion of the project “Shaping the Future Business Leader” at the Global Forum.

Georg Muller-Christ presented on behalf of the Working Group “Hochschulen and Nachhaltigkeit” within the UNESCO Decade Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which ended in 2014 and has been replaced with the Global Action Plan (GAP). There is a chance that PRME will be able to cooperate with the German UNESCO group moving forward.

During the meeting, the topic of “Advancing DACH” was stressed. This will occur through the following:

3rd RME Research Conference and 4th PRME Chapter Meeting DACH

Membership

Student Initiatives

-       Michael Wihlenda presented on the World-Ethos Institute at Tubingen University, which is initiating an innovative approach for student engagement: the “World Citizen School.” The initiative has pioneered student engagement through a “bottom-up” initiative, and also just recently delivered its first PRME SIP report. A webinar has been developed to follow up and to cater the results to business schools in order to help them initiate a World Citizen School at their own institution.

DACH Working Groups

-       Program/Curriculum Development: Johannes Dickel and Alexander Herzner presented preliminary outcomes of the working group, which held workshops 2 February 2015 and 28 September 2015. The next workshop will be held on 15 February 2016 at MCI, Innsbruck. The group will focus on the development of a framework based on PRME and adapted to particular needs of engineering and management education programs, a certificate to acknowledge extracurricular student engagement in areas of ethics and sustainability, and engaging students in the SIP reporting process. Successful actions have taken place through the first annual Winter School, MCI’s pilot-project for a certificate in Responsible (Self-) Management, and support through an innovative model pilot to engage students in the SIP reporting mechanism by elaborating suitable sustainability metrics in their business ethics courses.

-       Responsible Management Education (RME): Bernd Banke presented a draft outline of a joint project on “Universal Social Responsibility.” The purpose of this project is to build an online-database integrating relevant materials to assist in implementing responsible business in institutions while fostering collaboration between PRME members. This working group is happy to welcome colleagues from other PRME DACH signatory schools interested in collaborating (please contact Bernd Banke, Reutlingen University, Bernd.Banke@Reutlingen-University.DE, ++49 7121 271 6013).

-       Strategy/Mission Statement: This working group is currently exploring ways to conceptualize an instrument designed to reflect the way signatory schools have integrated the PRME in their mission statements as well as to offer them guidance for improving this key process. This working group is happy to welcome colleagues from other PRME DACH signatory schools interested in collaborating (please contact Lutz E. Schlange, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, lutz.schlange@htwchur.ch, ++4181 2863966).

 

The PRME Chapter DACH steering group was also discussed. Current members of the steering group are confirmed to serve for another year: Reinhard Altenburger (Krems), Johannes Dickel (MCI Innsbruck), Rudi Kurz (Pforzheim), Lutz E. Schlange (speaker, Chur), Michael Wihlenda (Tübingen), and Heike Brost (Frankfurt). The re-election of the steering group will occur at the PRME Chapter Meeting DACH in 2016. Considerations were made to supplement the steering group with members of the UN Global Compact local networks D, A, CH. This step would induce a change of the PRME Chapter DACH Terms of Reference.

The next PRME Chapter DACH steering group meting will occur in March/April 2016 in Vienna. Additionally, the 2016 Research Conference and PRME Chapter Meeting DACH will occur at IMC Krems on 9-10 Nov 2016. 

22 Jan 2016

IILM’s Third International Conference: “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice” highlights links to Sustainable Development Goals

(New Delhi, India, 7-9 January 2016) – IILM Institute for Higher Education hosted its third international conference on “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice,” at IILM Lodhi Campus in New Delhi, 7-9 January 2016. The First International Conference on Responsible Management Education and Practice, in January 2014 set an important milestone in the journey of the IILM, which was built upon in The Second International Conference on Responsible Management Education and Practice, in January 2015.

The Conference was inaugurated by the EU Ambassador to India, His Excellency Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski. In his Keynote Address, His Excellency Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski highlighted the SDGs, discussing their importance for the international community and emphasizing their links to business and other global commitments. This focus on SDGs continued throughout the conference, from the Opening Plenary session in which Ms. Florencia Librizzi, PRME; Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India; and Mr. Nitin Seth- Managing Director, Fidelity Worldwide Investments shared their initiatives and the challenges faced in implementing the SDGs, to the Closing Plenary in which Dr. S.Y. Quaraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, India, brought up issues of poverty, gender inequality, female foeticide, health, and sanitation. In his closing remarks, Dr. S.Y. Quaraishi stressed the economic role of women that is not yet realized in India and concluded by stating that social responsibility is everyone’s responsibility.”  Ms. Florencia Librizzi echoed these sentiments and concluded her address by motivating the students, stressing that the greatest responsibility now rests with them as they will be taking over as managers of various organizations in the coming years. Their sensitization towards responsible and sustainable growth is of utmost importance.

The IILM Fourth International Conference “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice” will be organized on 8, 9, 10 February 2017 at IILM Lodhi Road campus, New Delhi.

Read the Business Wire India Press release here and here

For more information, please contact: 
Rakesh Chaudhry, Senior Director, IILM, rakesh.chaudhry@iilm.edu.

For a more in depth look at the conference sessions, including speakers, please see the details below provided by Business Wire India Press.

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The first session of the conference was inspired by SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 5: Gender Equality and focused on “Inclusive Equitable Education and Lifelong Learning & Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering all Women and Girls.” Discussion topics touched upon thr lack of special needs education training, changing mindsets in terms of gender in both affluent and rural Indian families, and the role of media in promoting gender equality. The eminent speakers in this session included Mr. Raj Nehru, Director Concentrix India Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Anju Sabharwal, VP Human resources, Vodafone Limited,  Mr. Sharad Singh, Country Manager (Enterprise), Hewlett Packard, India, Mrs. Abha Sahgal, Principal, Sanskriti School, New Delhi and Ms. Silje Dietlefsen, University of Geneva, Switzerland. The session was moderated by Prof. Vidhisha, IILM.

Session two of the Conference, Skills Development for Employment & Sustainable Economic Growth” and “Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for Al,l” was inspired by UN SDG 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth and SDG 3: Good Health. The eminent speakers of the session included Professor S. Padam, former Dean, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Mr. Alessio Devito and Mr. Stephane Formenti, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Mariusz Soltanifar, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands, and Dr. G. Jawahar, Head - HR, Power Finance Corporation Limited.  The session was coordinated by Prof. Sanjay Srivastava of IILM. During the session, Prof. S. Padam stressed that technical thinking is needed to bring about the kind of change we are looking for. Mr. Mariusz Soltanifar spoke about the refugee crisis, natural calamities, and how these issues should be addressed. Additionally, Mr. Alessio Devito and Mr. Stephane Formenti presented their case study Grow Africa, which focused on managing change across boundaries.

The third session of the conference was inspired by SDG 7: Renewable Energy and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption, and focused on “Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All” and “Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.” The session was moderated by Prof. R. Srinivasan – Professor, IILM and featured the following speakers: Mr. Sutanu Behuria, former Secretary, Heavy Industries, Government of India, Mr. Santanu Roy, General Manager (Corporate Planning), Gas Authority of India Limited and Mr. Ashutosh Sinha – News Editor and News Anchor at NDTV Profit. Mr. Sutanu Behuria highlighted three different problematic areas: equity, ability to implement, and ethics. Additionally, Mr. Ashutosh Sinha said that thinking “small” is the necessity of the hour for attaining sustainability.

The fourth session was inspired by SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 13: Climate Action and focused on very pertinent issues of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, as well as steps needed to combat climatic changes and its impacts.  The session was moderated by Prof. Rahul Mishra – Professor, IILM. The eminent speakers of the session included Mr. Sameer Pathak, Coca Cola India Inc., Ms. Florencia Librizzi, PRME, Ms. Rubin Sen, GRI, South Asia and Mr. Prashant Pastore, Senior Manager, Solidaridad - South and South East Asia. Ms. Rubina Sen expressed that accountability is increasing beyond former boundaries, thereby making sustainability more important than ever before. Mr. Prashant Pastore explained the mismatch between the existing supply and projected demand of water by 2030 and stressed that immediate action is needed.


The fifth session of the conference was inspired by SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and focused on making cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Preethi Srinivas – Dean, PGDM, IILM and included the following speakers:  Mr. Vikas Marwah, CMO, Sona Steering Limited, Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Anticorruption Centre of Excellence, Global Compact Network India, Mr. Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President - Marketing & Strategy, Tata Communications Limited and Dr. Michael Schmitt, Professor of Finance, International School of Management, Frankfurt. The session saw interesting discussions on the smart city ecosystem and role of ICT and stressed that connectivity and integration is the critical element needed for the development of smart cities.

Day three of the conference opened with session six, which was inspired by SDG 16: Peace and Justice and focused on promoting inclusive societies,  providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. The session was moderated by Prof. Rajkishan Nair- Professor, IILM and featured the following speakers: Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Mr. Sandeep Tyagi, Director HR, Samsung Electronics, Ms. Florencia Librizzi, PRME, and Dr. Jagdeep Chhokar, Professor (Retd), Indian Institute for Management, Ahmedabad. These speakers considered society’s place in business and the importance of economic and political sustainability for business to flourish.

The Closing Plenary was addressed by Dr. S.Y. Quaraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, India, Ms. Florencia Librizzi, PRME, Professor Rakesh Chaudhry, IILM Institute for Higher Education, Mr. Ravi Bhatnagar, Head - External Affairs, RB (Reckitt Benckiser) Limited. These speakers discussed social responsibility, stressed the critical role of companies in the successful implementation of the SDGs, and presented the “Summary of IILM-IICA Survey of Responsible Business Practices among large companies in India- 2015,“ which assessed the extent to which government intent had been translated into practice by large companies in India. Ms. Librizzi concluded the conference by congratulating the IILM team and stressing the need to acknowledge the role of the private sector and academia in implementing sustainable development. She concluded her address by motivating the students, stating that the biggest responsibility rests with them, as they will be taking over as managers of various organizations in the coming years. Their sensitization towards responsible and sustainable growth is of utmost importance.

 

18 Jan 2016

Announcement: New Members of the PRME Advisory Committee (PRME AC) and Next Steps

 

New York, 18 January 2016 – The PRME Secretariat is pleased to announce the new members of the PRME Advisory Committee (PRME AC) for the next two-year mandate: from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.


Based on the PRME Steering Committee (PRME SC) mandate and the PRME Advisory Committee Terms of Referencethe PRME AC is a permanent twenty-member governance body that gives a stronger voice to PRME participant schools, with an underlying goal to provide strategic advice to both the PRME SC and the PRME Secretariat. The PRME AC draws its members from the main constituencies of the PRME community: PRME Chapters, Champions, and Working Groups, as well as other relevant experts, using a dual system of election by members and selection by the PRME Secretariat. The composition of the PRME AC ensures balanced representations in terms of geography, gender, and expertise, with members serving for two years.

 

After a process of election and selection that took place over the fall of 2015, and as stated in the PRME AC ToR, new PRME Advisory Committee members have officially been appointed. The PRME Secretariat extends a warm welcome to the new members of the PRME AC and wishes them a productive mandate.

 

In its next steps, the PRME SC will host its annual meeting at the sidelines of the 2016 EFMD Deans & Directors General Conference in Budapest on 25 January 2016. During this occasion, the PRME AC attending the EFMD event will be invited to join the first part of the PRME SC meeting for introductory discussions on the PRME Strategic Review, a task that both groups decided to conduct together – along with the PRME Secretariat – during their joint meeting (with the PRME AC members of the pilot phaseat the 2015 PRME Global Forum. The PRME community officially endorsed this decision through the 2015 PRME Global Forum Outcomes Declaration.

 

The PRME Secretariat looks forward to seeing collaboration between the PRME SC and PRME AC in jointly revising the PRME initiative strategy for the next three to five years, as well as exploring further synergies between both bodies as we move into the implementation phase of the new strategy.

New York, 18 January 2016 – The PRME Secretariat is pleased to announce the new members of the PRME Advisory Committee (PRME AC) for the next two- year mandate: from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.

 

 

 

Based on the PRME Steering Committee (PRME SC) mandate and the PRME Advisory Committee Terms of Referencethe PRME AC is a permanent twenty-member governance body that gives a stronger voice to PRME participant schools, with an underlying goal to provide strategic advice to both the PRME SC and the PRME Secretariat. The PRME AC draws its members from the main constituencies of the PRME community: PRME Chapters, Champions, and Working Groups, as well as other relevant experts, using a dual system of election by members and selection by the PRME Secretariat. The composition of the PRME AC ensures balanced representations in terms of geography, gender, and expertise, with members serving for two years.

 

 

 

After a process of election and selection that took place over the fall of 2015, and as stated in the PRME AC ToR, new PRME Advisory Committee members have officially been appointed. The PRME Secretariat extends a warm welcome to the new members of the PRME AC and wishes them a productive mandate.

 

 

 

In its next steps, the PRME SC will host their annual meeting at the sidelines of the 2016 EFMD Deans & Directors General Conference in Budapest on 25 January 2016. During this occasion, the PRME AC attending the EFMD event will be invited to join the first part of the PRME SC meeting for introductory discussions on the PRME Strategic Review, a task that both groups decided to conduct together – along with the PRME Secretariat – during their joint meeting (with the PRME AC members of the pilot phaseat the 2015 PRME Global Forum. The PRME community officially endorsed this decision through the 2015 PRME Global Forum Outcomes Declaration.

 

 

 

The PRME Secretariat looks forward to seeing collaboration between the PRME SC and PRME AC in jointly revising the PRME initiative strategy for the next three to five years, as well as exploring further synergies between both bodies as we move into the implementation phase of the new strategy.

18 Jan 2016

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

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of December. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (2), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (15), 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of November. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (2), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (15), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (17) to the PRME initiative over the last month.  

11 Jan 2016

Four Schools Delisted for Failure to Comply with Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reporting Requirement

Today, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat announced that 4 schools were delisted from the PRME initiative for failure to meet the mandatory reporting requirement. The delisting of PRME signatories, first rolled out in January 2013, is part of ongoing efforts by PRME to enhance the accountability and credibility of the initiative and follows from a recommendation by the PRME Steering Committee as well as from the wider PRME community through the Rio Declaration on the Contribution of HEIs and Management Schools to the Future We Want: A Roadmap for Management Education to 2020. To date, 75 institutions have been delisted for failure to comply.

The SIP policy was developed based on the consensus reached at the 1st PRME Global Forum for Responsible Management Education in 2008, and has been updated in consultation with the PRME Working Group on SIP and PRME Advisory Committee in 2015. The updated policy was endorsed by the 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 6th Annual Assembly in the Outcomes Declaration. Under the policies of PRME, participating signatory institutions must issue a biennial progress report (also known as Sharing Information on Progress, or SIP) on their implementation of the initiative’s six principles. Failure to meet the SIP deadline results in a signatory being listed as “non-communicating” on the PRME website. Non-communicating signatories at risk of being delisted can regain their status as “active” participants by submitting an SIP report. Continued failure to submit an SIP to PRME’s public database leads to the delisting. According to the new SIP policy, a non-communicating participant that fails to fulfil the minimum SIP policy requirements will be automatically delisted from PRME after 12 months from receiving non-communicating status. Under the old SIP policy, these institutions had been given 24 months after their SIP deadline to submit their SIP report before they were delisted. 

While delisted signatories are removed entirely from PRME’s database, the initiative does allow those willing to return. To rejoin PRME, institutions must send a new letter of commitment signed by the highest executive to the PRME Steering Committee and submit an SIP to the PRME database. 

“While joining PRME is voluntary, the SIP policy enables us to hold signatories accountable to their commitment. This will help to increase the credibility of the initiative overall and also to recognise those signatories that report on their changes to curriculum, research and campus practices, based on the principles of PRME,” says Jonas Haertle, Head of the PRME Secretariat at the UN Global Compact Office.

Despite the number of schools removed from the participant list, the overall number of PRME participants continues to rise. In 2015, more than 75 organisations joined the initiative, bringing the total to 636 active participants from 83 countries.

 

Delisted 6 January:

1. Pamplin School of Business Administration

2. Universidad Pablo de Olavide Faculty of Business Administration

3. School of Business and Management, Shaoxing University

4. St. Francis College

 

Click here for an overview of delisted signatories.

Click here for an overview of active and non-communicating participants.

Today, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat announced that 4 schools were delisted from the PRME initiative for failure to meet the mandatory reporting requirement. The delisting of PRME signatories, first rolled out in January 2013, is part of ongoing efforts by PRME to enhance the accountability and credibility of the initiative and follows from a recommendation by the PRME Steering Committee as well as from the wider PRME community though the Rio Declaration on the Contribution of HEIs and Management Schools to the Future We Want: A Roadmap for Management Education to 2020. To date, 75 institutions have been delisted for failure to comply.

The SIP policy was developed based on the consensus reached at the 1st PRME Global Forum for Responsible Management Education in 2008, and has been updated in consultation with the PRME Working Group on SIP and PRME Advisory Committee in 2015. The updated policy was endorsed by the 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 6th Annual Assembly in the 
Outcomes Declaration.

Under the policies of PRME, participating signatory institutions must issue a biennial progress report (also known as Sharing Information on Progress, or SIP) on their implementation of the initiative’s six principles. Failure to meet the SIP deadline results in a signatory being listed as “non-communicating” on the PRME website. Non-communicating signatories at risk of being delisted can regain their status as “active” participants by submitting an SIP report. Continued failure to submit an SIP to PRME’s public database leads to the delisting. Under the old SIP policy, these institutions had been given 24 months after their SIP deadline to submit their SIP report before they were delisted. According to the new SIP policy, a non-communicating participant that fails to fulfil the minimum SIP policy requirements will be automatically delisted from PRME after one year from receiving non-communicating status.

While delisted signatories are removed entirely from PRME’s database, the initiative does allow those willing to return. To rejoin PRME, institutions must send a new letter of commitment signed by the highest executive to the PRME Steering Committee and submit an SIP to the PRME database. 

“While joining PRME is voluntary, the SIP policy enables us to hold signatories accountable to their commitment. This will help to increase the credibility of the initiative overall and also to recognise those signatories that report on their changes to curriculum, research and campus practices, based on the principles of PRME,” says Jonas Haertle, Head of the PRME Secretariat at the UN Global Compact Office.

Despite the number of schools removed from the participant list, the overall number of PRME participants continues to rise. In 2015, more than 75 organisations joined the initiative, bringing the total to 636 active participants from 83 countries.

Delisted 6 January 2016:

1.     Pamplin School of Business Administration

2.     Universidad Pablo de Olavide Faculty of Business Administration

3.     School of Business and Management, Shaoxing University

4.     St. Francis College

 

Click here for an overview of delisted signatories.

Click here for an overview of active and non-communicating participants. 

06 Jan 2016

PRME Chapter Nordic Hosts Successful Chapter Meeting - Strengthening Collaboration with Global Compact Network and Building on 1st Annual PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic

The 2nd PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic convened 1-2 Dec 2015 in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with Global Compact Network (GCN) Nordic Countries annual meeting to explore further synergies, common interests, and possible opportunities for collaboration with the GCN Nordic Countries. Additionally, this meeting  acted as a follow-up to the 1st Annual PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic, and thus had additional goals to follow up on the agenda set at the annual meeting, explore potential new projects, and determine the time and place of the next annual meeting in 2016. The PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic saw participants from 6 schools: Aalto University, School of Business (FIN); BI Norwegian Business School (NO); Hanken School of Economics (FIN); JAMK University of Applied Sciences (FIN); Jönköping International Business School (SWE); Stockholm School of Economics (SWE).

During the meeting, member schools presented important developments that had occurred in 2015 as well as looked ahead towards 2016. Hanken gave a brief update and presentation on the planned PRME Chapter Nordic Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC). During the fall, Hanken recorded around 15 video clips, which were distributed to other schools so that they could familiarize themselves with the potential format. Before the close of 2015, Hanken will survey the PRME Chapter Nordic schools to map existing capabilities, resources, and needs so that the project can successfully move forward.  Additionally, participants discussed a possible Call to Action to mobilize the academic community to take action in response to the refugee crisis. Hanken and Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) presented their commitments insofar, and encouraged other schools to join the pledge and share their actions. Furthermore, participating schools decided on the establishment of a common PRME Chapter Nordic PhD course. The first iteration of the course will be given in 2016-2017 (SSE: September 2016, BI Norwegian Business School: tentatively January 2017, Hanken: April 2017). For immediate inquiries, contact PRME Chapter Nordic Secretariat at prme@hanken.fi

PRME Chapter Nordic had one common session on 1 December together with GCN Nordic Countries. Under the heading “Business Meets Academics,” Atle Midttun (BI Norwegian Business School) and Lin Lerpold (Stockholm School of Economics) partook in a very interesting panel debate together with Kaisa Jungman (Metso Corporation) and Charlotte Bengt (Novo Nordisk) regarding, among other things, the future of CSR and the role of business education in relation to scandals such as the Volkswagen emissions case. The panel was moderated by Armi Temmes (Aalto) and Sara Krüger-Falk (Dansk Industri). The day was capped with a common dinner at UPM’s new Head Office, the Biofore House. 

Various possible collaborative projects and ideas were discussed. The PRME Chapter Nordic renewed its commitment to continue work with GCN Nordic Countries to try to identify possible mutual interests for concrete projects. It was also decided that PRME Chapter Nordic would continue, when feasible, to arrange its meetings in conjunction with GCN Nordic Countries meetings. The next annual meeting for PRME Chapter Nordic will take place in September 2016 at SSE in Sweden. While it will not meet in conjunction with the next GCN Nordic Countries meeting in Greenland, GCN Nordic Countries members are invited to attend. PRME Chapter Nordic members are strongly encouraged to suggest possible concrete GCN Nordic Countries projects/collaboration ideas for 2016 to the PRME Chapter Nordic Secretariat.

 

The 2nd PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic convened 1-2 Dec 2015 in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with Global Compact Network (GCN) Nordic Countries annual meeting to explore further synergies, common interests, and possible opportunities for collaboration with the GCN Nordic Countries. Additionally, this meeting  acted as a follow-up to the 1st Annual PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic, and thus had additional goals to follow up on the agenda set at the annual meeting, explore potential new projects, and determine the time and place of the next annual meeting in 2016. The PRME Chapter Meeting Nordic saw participants from 6 schools: Aalto University, School of Business (FIN); BI Norwegian Business School (NO); Hanken School of Economics (FIN); JAMK University of Applied Sciences (FIN); Jönköping International Business School (SWE); Stockholm School of Economics (SWE).

17 Dec 2015

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

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of November. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (8), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (13), 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of November. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (8), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (13), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (16) to the PRME initiative over the last month.  

 

New Signatories:

Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Graham School of Management, Saint Xavier University, United States

Groupe ESC Troyes, France

October 6 University, Egypt

Universidad EAN, Colombia

Universidade Metodista de Sao Paulo, Brazil

University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom

University of Queensland Business School, Australia

 

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:

British University in Dubai

Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo (EAESP/FGV), Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV)

Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM)

Escuela de Economia y Negocios, Universidad Nacional de General San Martin (UNSAM)

German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS)

Grant MacEwan University School of Business

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Kyiv Mohyla Business School, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy

MCI - Management Center Innsbruck

Murdoch University School of Management and Governance

Schulich School of Business, York University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Faculty of Business

Universidad Nacional de Asuncion

 

Financial Contributions:

Externado University Management Faculty, Colombia

Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne, France

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Griffith Business School, Griffith University, United Kingdome

Hang Seng Management College, China

IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

Jonkoping International Business School

Koc University Business School, Turkey

NEOMA Business School, France

Pforzheim University Business School, Germany

School of Business, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, China

School of Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland

University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand

 

07 Dec 2015

Successful 6th PRME Asia Forum hosted by Goa Institute of Management

The 6th PRME Asia Forum was organized by Goa Institute of Management at Goa, India on 27-28 November 2015. It was preceded by a one-day workshop on Teaching Responsible Management. The Forum was focused on the theme of integrating Responsible Management Education (RME) into the curriculum of business schools. It was an opportunity for business schools to share the various curricular and co-curricular interventions introduced to promote responsible management education. The Forum was supported by the following sponsors: ABB India, Ambuja Cement, Britannia, Emerson India and TVS Group.

The event featured a workshop which instructed teachers from Asian business schools with ideas about how they could inculcate sensitivity to society and environment. Outcomes from this workshop include tactics for convincing students in the importance of responsible management, and engaging capabilities and values needed for the future we want, as well as promoting responsible decision making at all levels.

The Forum explored why and how responsible management education could be integrated into the curriculum of business schools. Key takeaways include:

  • Future economic growth was likely to be concentrated in India and China, which would result in these countries monopolizing energy and water usage.
  • The need to embed sustainability into business strategies in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Business school empowerment of students and a “sustainability mind-set”

The Forum concluded with the announcement of an emergent PRME Chapter India. Additionally, the host of the 7th PRME Asia Forum was announced to be Hong Kong Polytechnic University at Hong Kong.

For more details on the outcomes of this conference, please view the Outcomes Declaration.

07 Dec 2015

Business Expert Press Releases Digitised Library - discount through December 2015

Business Expert Press, through their collaboration with PRME and Greenleaf Publishing, has digitised thirty-five publications related to responsible management education. These works have been previously published by BEP or Greenleaf, and include titles such as the “Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME” (first and second editions), “Responsible Leadership” (Moody-Stuart, 2014), and “Learning to Talk” (Mcintosh, Waddock, Kell, 2004). View the full BEP-GSE 2015 PRME Title List here.

PRME Signatories are entitled to a 70% discount to this content, bringing the final cost to US $999. This offer is only available through December 2015. To order or enquire about additional BEP & Greenleaf collections, please contact Sean Kaneski by email or at +1-218-820-3756.

01 Dec 2015

Responsible Management Education Survey Launched by MGSM – Deadline extended to 15 December

MacQuarie Graduate School of Management has launched a PRME-based survey on Responsible Management Education. The aim of the study is to examine attitudes of business students towards responsible management and responsible management education.

This is the third survey in a series of PRME-based MGSM bi-annual studies on business students around the world. Previous work includes the 2011 Corporate Responsibility and Responsible Management Education in the Eyes of MBA Students, and 2013 MBA Students around the World and Their Attitudes towards Responsible Management. The Journal of Business Ethics highlighted the 2013 material in the recent article, The Role of Gender and Age in Business Students’ Values, CSR Attitudes, and Responsible Management Education.

We invite students from all PRME signatories to participate in this 10-15 minute survey, which can be found here. You may be interested to use this sample Open Letter to Students in order to increase visibility of this study around your own campus.

The survey has been extended to 15 December. Interested participants are encouraged to promote this material with your business students. For more information please contact Debbie Haski-Leventhal.

30 Nov 2015

PRME Chapter Brazil hosts successful Chapter meeting and CR3+ Conference

The PRME Chapter Brazil hosted their 4th Regional meeting on 10-12 November in collaboration with the CR3+ Conference: Governance and Sustainability. The meeting began with a retrospective look at 2015, praising the achievements and the challenges which the Chapter has faced.


Best practices were shared by FEA/RP-USP and ESPM. The Chapter reviewed SDG Compass material, PRME refugee’s engagement opportunity, and elections to the PRME Chapter Brazil Board. These elections will take place at the first meeting of 2016. FIA was also present at the meeting, and shared news of their recent student achievement in winning the Sustainable Games.

Additionally the CR3+ 2015 events reflected on the Melbourne 2014 CR3+, highlighting that 2015 has brought to academic discussions the integration, the market and the public sector. With an average of 100 participants, 36 papers presented in 12 sub panels, the event featured with an intense program and a great network.

On 11 November, the opening ceremony was held by the Ambassador John Almino - Brazilian Agency for Cooperation Director of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mayor of Curitiba, Gustavo Fruet, and Norman Arruda. After, began the discussions of the International Cooperation Panel, with the presence of representatives of the Curitiba City Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Brazil, Ministry of Cities from Brazil and the French Embassy Sustainable Development Councilor.

The day featured paper presentations and sustainability keynotes.  Among the speakers were:

  • Nikodemus Solitander - Social Responsibility professor at Hanken School of Economics, Finland;
  • Martin Fougere - Business professor at Hanken School of Economics, Finland;
  • Camilla Quental - Management and corporate social responsibility Teacher and Researcher at Audencia School of Management, France;
  • Savio Bittencourt - FGV Sustainability Lab Coordinator and Prosecutor of the Public Ministry RJ;
  • Romulo Sampaio - Researcher at the Center for Law and Environment at FGV Law School.

The 12 November events opened with the CEO's panel with the presence of companies: Renault, Valmet, Itaipu and Sanepar. In the afternoon, followed by paper presentations and in the evening and corporate governance keynotes featuring:

  • Suzanne Young - Director of the Department of Management and Marketing at La Trobe Business School, Australia;
  • Carlos Alberto Ercolin - Teacher's ISAE/FGV and World Bank consultant in the area of ​​Corporate Governance;
  • Carlos Eduardo Lessa Brandão - Director Ethical Fund and a member of the Standards Advisory Council of B Lab (USA). Was adviser of ISE - BM&F Bovespa.

The events brought together several active Signatories and stakeholders throughout our Brazilian network. Additionally, collaborators from Hanken School of Economics, Finland have agreed to host the next CR3+ event in Spring 2017.

Please click here to see introduction video delivered by Jonas Heartle, Head, PRME Secretariat.

Additional outcomes are available on the CR3+ Conference website.

20 Nov 2015

PRME and LEAD launch Business-Business School Partnership Resource

(19 November 2015, Madrid, Spain) On the occasion of Global Compact's 2015 LEAD Symposium: Roadmap for Integrated Sustainability, PRME Champions and LEAD launch a new resource that inspires business to Partner with Business Schools to Advance Sustainability: Ideas to Inspire Action

Businesses and business schools collaborate to co-create solutions for sustainability challenges. For business, these win-win partnerships yield fresh and innovative input to a company’s most pressing challenges and also create a pipeline to recruit the best minds. Simultaneously, partnerships enable higher education institutions to more effectively graduate students and future leaders who are prepared to tackle real-world challenges while concurrently supporting real-time curriculum adaption to reflect the issues that companies are faced with today and tomorrow.

Download the toolkit and accompanying brochure to learn more and to read about inspiring examples of partnerships, categorized under a framework of five themes: Influencing, Training, Collaborating, Researching, and Consulting.

19 Nov 2015

Contribute Live to Global Compact’s 2015 LEAD Symposium – 19 November, 9:00-18:00 CET

Students and faculty are highly encouraged to participate remotely in the Global Compact LEAD Symposium 2015. The Global Compact's 2015 LEAD Symposium: Roadmap for Integrated Sustainability will take place in Madrid with a live video stream.

The Symposium will feature an introduction by Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, as well as panels of field experts focusing on sustainability integration and considerations for specific functions/disciplines, as well as potential opportunities to align business strategies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Contribute to the LEAD Symposium discussion live by sending questions for panelists and speakers via Twitter by tagging #GCLEAD. Select comments and questions posed by PRME participants will be used by session moderators throughout the day.

You are invited to join the discussion and engage with the LEAD Symposium through the live stream, available 19 November from 09:00–18:00 CET at http://minilink.es/gc. View the event agenda and relevant Twitter accounts here.

17 Nov 2015

PRME Chapter MENA renews commitments and discusses regional challenges and opportunities surrounding the SDGs at the 5th PRME MENA Regional Forum

(Amman, Jordan, 12 November 2015) – The established PRME Chapter MENA met at the 5th PRME MENA Regional Forum “Challenges and Opportunities facing the MENA Region to contribute in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals" at Talal Abu Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business, German Jordanian University.

This globally advanced event brought together more than on hundred participants and guests to discuss educational practices, experiences, methodologies, and strategies for employing the Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Respected academics, deans, members of government, ministers, UN representatives and private sector leaders attended this event with the special keynote of H.E. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh; Chairman of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization and Founder of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business and the sponsorship of the Global Compact Local Network Jordan.

This 5th Principles for Responsible Management Education MENA Forum shed light on the challenges and opportunities  that the MENA Region faces to contributing in achieving the SDGs, focusing on examples and good practices of business schools and how to scale up the efforts. The forum highlighted the importance of educational institutions on the MENA region to adopt the Principles for Responsible Management Education.

As part of its responsibilities to management education, TAG-SB, speakers and representatives of previous host institutions of the PRME MENA Regional Forum series advocated responsible leadership and sustainable management while complying with the United Nations supported PRME initiative.

In addition the PRME Chapter MENA session, provided a space for discussion on the present and the future of the Chapter, including strengthening their community and projects. The main agreements of this meeting includes to:

  • Continue to convene Annual PRME Regional Meetings for the region. The University in Cairo (AUC) will host the 6th PRME MENA Regional Forum on 11-13 April 2016; and the American University of Beirut (AUB) will host the 7th PRME MENA Regional Forum 2017.
  • Strengthen the commitment to recruit more Signatories and scale up efforts in giving visibility to the Principles in the region.
  • Collaborate to share good practices on implementing the Principles at the MENA region.
  • Collaborate with businesses, NGOs, and governments (especially Ministry of Education) to advance PRME and the SDGs.

Governance structure and coordination:

  • PRME Chapter MENA coordinator and main contact: Hosted at American University in Cairo.
  • PRME Chapter representatives at the PRME Advisory Committee: Ghada Howaidy, as the official PRME Chapter MENA coordinator (January 2016-December 2017)

We thank the hosts, in particular Dean Dr. Ma’moun Akroush and wonderful team, as well as the participants for this successful event!

If you would like to learn more about this event, kindly contact Ms. Faten Abu Hwaij, Quality Assurance Manager at TAG Graduate School of Business, at tagcb.qa@tagcb.edu.jo .

For more information on the PRME Chapter MENA and or the upcoming 6th PRME MENA Regional Forum, please contact Ghada Howaidy, American University in Cairo (AUC) at ghowaidy@aucegypt.edu.

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

16 Nov 2015

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 (7), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (13), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (41) to the PRME initiative over the last month.  


New Signatories:

 

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports:  

 

Financial Contributions:

09 Nov 2015

FIA Brazil Students Declared Winners of $25,000 Grand Prize in PRME supported Cornerstone Capital Inc.’s “Sustainable Games” Challenge

(New York, October 22, 2015) – In the culmination of a year-long Cornerstone Capital Group initiative called “Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge,” a team of students from Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) in Sao Paulo Brazil was named the winner of the  $25,000 Grand Prize.  The business idea presented is a program to facilitate employment opportunities for disabled young adults while seeking market rate returns.

Team “Life Hunters,” working with the domain name “ExcitingJourney.net,” was recognized as having the best concept and business plan during final pitches before a panel of judges and mentors in the inaugural competition held by Cornerstone Capital Group together with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), RobecoSAM and the UN Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME).

Other finalists included two teams from FIA, Team Coconuts (“SupplyCircle.net”) and Team Rio Tiete (“SustainableCities.com”), along with Team Anirudh (“ClimateBankers.com”) from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin and Team Lions (“SharedEconomy.biz”) from the Columbia Business School in New York. 

“The winning idea demonstrated vision, creativity and a thoughtful approach to addressing an urgent societal need in partnership with employers and training resources,” said Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. “We were very impressed with the tremendous level of energy and optimism that went into developing this innovative project.”

Aside from the cash award and ownership of the “ExcitingJourney.net” domain name, the winning team members Larissa Majerowicz, Aline Oliveira Simão and Gustavo Abrahão Allioni also will have their idea highlighted in an upcoming edition of Cornerstone’s Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking” (JSFB) and access to additional mentoring opportunities. 

Thirty-seven teams from around the world representing 185 participants competed in the Challenge, the goal of which was to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges in scalable and profitable ways. Of the five finalists, three focused on social ideas, while two were more focused on environmental issues. The finalists were paired with a mentor from Cornerstone Capital’s Global Advisory Council and industry representatives who worked during Summer 2015 to assist in the professional development and viability of their business models.

“It has been an honor to sponsor The Sustainable Games, a project that supports the next generation of sustainability leaders,” said Michael Baldinger, CEO of RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, whose data powers the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. “The spirit of the Challenge closely aligns with RobecoSAM’s belief that companies with sustainable business practices are better equipped to face future challenges. Congratulations to Team Life Hunters!”

“Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge” was declared as a Cornerstone “Commitment to Action” at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 Annual Meeting to accelerate market-ready solutions that reflect a value inherent in the systematic understanding of today’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) imperatives. 

Students formed teams of three-to-five members to compete and selected a Domain from Cornerstone Capital’s “Sustainable Domain Bank” designated for use in the contest. Cornerstone worked with PRME Chapters from across the globe to support the Challenge by reaching out to students on more than 600 university campuses in 12 regions.

“On behalf of the UN Global Compact's PRME Secretariat, I congratulate the winning team as well as the runner-up teams for their innovative ideas and proposals. It is a great to see how business school students identify business solutions to solving concrete social challenges. We are proud to have sponsored this competition,” said Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office.   

Congratulations to our student winners, the other finalists and to all the teams who submitted an entry to the 2015 Challenge.  For more information, visit: www.sustainablegames.com

More About Cornerstone Capital Group

Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a woman-owned financial services firm based in New York whose mission is to bring the discipline of sustainable finance to the mainstream of the capital markets. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices. Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with organizations including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards collaboration and transparency in the global capital markets.

More About Our Sponsors

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Approximately 130 professionals work for RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Zurich.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations Global Compact sponsored initiative with the mission to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to incorporate sustainability into curricula and research. Beyond the Principles, this “network of networks” is a vibrant learning community that supports continuous improvement at the global and local level. At the regional level, the PRME Chapters are platforms that advance the Six Principles of PRME within a particular geographic context, performing an important role in rooting PRME within different national, regional, cultural and linguistic contexts, and facilitating the growth and engagement of PRME with respect to implementing the Six Principles.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Benezra

karen.benezra@cornerstonecapinc.com

(o) 212-874-7400

(m) 917-532-7732

Cornerstone Capital Group

22 Oct 2015

PRME Chapter Latin America and Caribbean renews commitments and identify further activities at the 4th PRME Regional Meeting (LAC) [in Spanish and Portuguese as well]

 (Bogota, Colombia, 22 October 2015) – The established PRME Chapter LAC, met again at the 4th PRME Regional Meeting Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at Externado University, Colombia that took place on 20-22 October, 2015.
With the keynote by Prof. Stuart L. Hart, the 4th PRME Regional Meeting LAC, entitled the “Role and contribution of the academia to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” brought together close to one hundred participants from ten countries, with the support of the Global Compact Network Colombia. Prominent speakers from UNDP, PRME, Global Compact Network Colombia, GRI, business schools, the business sector, and government gave an overview of the current challenges, opportunities, and role of academia regarding the implementation of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, it was discussed how to leverage engagement through the UN Global Compact and PRME, including Local Networks and Chapters, to scale the impact of contributions to the SDGs. The PRME community in the region was able to reflect, share experiences, and learn from each other.

The PRME Chapter LAC session provided a space for discussion on the present and future of the Chapter, including strengthening their community, deciding on activities and projects, future PRME Regional Meetings, governance, and representation on the PRME Advisory Committee, among others. From the conversations, the importance of strengthening the connection between the PRME Chapter and the Global Compact Local Networks was clear, including to using the Architecture: Bottom Up Methodology to align global and local priorities towards achievement of the SDGs, to produce more applied and interdisciplinary research and experiential teaching, and increasing dialogue and partnership.

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

  • Continue to engage and recruit new PRME signatories in the region
  • Continue to convene an Annual Meeting for the region
  • Strengthen the connection with the Global Compact Local Networks
  • Continue to improve the website of the PRME Chapter LAC
  • Continue to develop the Research Network for LAC
  • Conduct a survey of students regarding their interest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenges of sustainability.
  • Produce a short document with recommendations on the SDGs for academia, based on an analysis of the SDG Compass

Governance structure and coordination, as decided at the meeting:

  • PRME Chapter LAC Advisory Committee: Composed by previous host of PRME Regional Meetings
  • PRME Chapter LAC President and main contact: Hosted at Externado University by Prof. Gustavo Yepes
  • PRME Chapter representatives at the PRME Advisory Committee: Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (January 2016-December 2017) and Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE/FGV (January 2018-December 2019)

Future PRME Regional Meetings
The 5th PRME Regional Meeting LAC will take place at Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2016; the 6th PRME Regional Meeting at ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brazil, in 2017, and the 7th PRME Regional Meeting at Universidad de Lima, Peru, in 2018.

For more information on the PRME Chapter LAC, please contact Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Universidad Externado de Colombia at gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

If you would like to contact the host of the 5th PRME Regional Meeting LAC, please write to Prof. Gabriel Boero, UNSAM at gboero@unsam.edu.ar

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

****In spanish**** 

El Capítulo de PRME de Latinoamérica y Caribe (LAC) renueva compromisos e identifica nuevas actividades durante la 4ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC

Bogotá, Colombia, 22 de octubre 2015 – El  Capítulo establecido de PRME LAC, se reunió nuevamente en la 4ta Reunión Regional de PRME Latinoamérica y el Caribe (LAC) en la Universidad Externado, Colombia, los días 20 al 22 octubre 2015.

Con la apertura del Prof. Stuart L. Hart, este evento titulado "El papel y la contribución de la academia para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS)," reunió cerca de un centenar de participantes procedentes de diez países, con apoyo de la Red del Pacto Global Colombia. Destacados ponentes del PNUD, PRME, Pacto Mundial Red Colombia, GRI, escuelas de negocios, el sector empresarial y el gobierno dio una visión general de los actuales desafíos, oportunidades, y el papel de la academia en relación con la aplicación de los recientemente lanzados Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS). Además, se discutió la forma de aprovechar la participación a través del Pacto Mundial de Naciones Unidas y PRME, incluidas las redes y los capítulos locales, para escalar el impacto de las contribuciones a los ODS. La comunidad PRME en la región fue capaz de reflexionar, compartir experiencias y aprender unos de otros.

La sesión del Capítulo de PRME  LAC proporcionó un espacio para el debate sobre el presente y futuro del Capítulo, incluyendo el fortalecimiento de su comunidad, de decidir sobre las actividades y proyectos, futuras reuniones regionales de PRME, gobernanza y representación en el Comité Consultivo de PRME, entre otros. De las conversaciones quedó clara la importancia de fortalecer la conexión entre el Capítulo de PRME LAC y las Redes Locales del Pacto Mundial, incluyendo a la utilización de la Arquitectura: Metodología de abajo hacia arriba para alinear las prioridades globales y locales en la consecución de los ODS; producir más investigación aplicada e interdisciplinaria; enseñanza vivencial e incrementar el diálogo y la colaboración.

Actividades concretas y proposición de valor del Capítulo de PRME LAC:

  • Seguir trabajando y reclutar nuevos signatarios PRME en la región
  • Continuar convocar una reunión anual para la región
  • Fortalecer la relación con las Redes Locales del Pacto Mundial
  • Seguir mejorando la página web de la PRME Capítulo LAC
  • Continuar desarrollando la Red de Investigación para LAC
  • Llevar a cabo una encuesta de los estudiantes con respecto a su interés en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) y los retos de la sostenibilidad
  • Producir un breve documento con recomendaciones sobre los ODS para el mundo académico, basado en un análisis de los ODS Brújula (SDG Compass)

La estructura de gobierno y de coordinación, tal como se decidió en la reunión:

  • Comité Asesor del Capítulo de PRME LAC: Compuesta por los anfitriones previos de las Reuniones Regionales de PRME LAC
  • Presidente del Capítulo de PRME LAC y el contacto principal:  Prof. Gustavo Yepes de la Universidad Externado
  • Representantes Capítulo de PRME LAC en el Comité Consultivo PRME (PRME Advisory Committee): Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (enero de 2016 a diciembre de 2017) y el Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE / FGV (enero 2018-diciembre 2019)

Las futuras Reuniones Regionales de PRME LAC

La 5ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC se llevará a cabo en la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en 2016; la 6ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC en ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brasil, en 2017, y la 7ma Reunión Regional de PRME LAC en la Universidad de Lima, Perú, en 2018.

Para obtener más información sobre el Capítulo de PRME LAC, por favor póngase en contacto con el Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Universidad Externado de Colombia en gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

Si desea ponerse en contacto con el anfitrión de la 5ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC, por favor escriba al Prof. Gabriel Boero, UNSAM en gboero@unsam.edu.ar

Para obtener más información sobre los Capítulos de PRME, por favor póngase en contacto con Florencia Librizzi, Gerente Senior, Capítulos, Legal y Política, Secretaría PRME, Oficina del Pacto Mundial de la ONU en librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

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O capítulo do PRME da América Latina e Caribe (LAC) renova compromissos e identifica novas atividades durante a 4ª Reunião Regional do PRME LAC.

Bogotá, Colômbia, 22 de outubro 2015- O capítulo estabelecido do PRME LAC reuniu-se novamente na 4ª Reunião Regional do PRME da América Latina e Caribe (LAC), na universidade Externado, Colômbia, nos dias 20 a 22 de outubro de 2015.

Com a abertura do prof. Stuart L. Hart, este evento titulado “O Papel e a Contribuição da Academia para os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS),” reuniu cerca de cem participantes procedentes de dez países, com o apoio da rede do Pacto Global da Colômbia. PNUD, PRME, Rede do Pacto Global da Colômbia, GRI, escolas de negócios, setor empresarial e o governo deram uma visão geral dos atuais desafios, oportunidades, e o papel da academia em relação à aplicação dos recentemente lançados Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS). Ainda, discutiu-se a forma de aproveitar a participação do Pacto Global das Nações Unidas e do PRME, incluídas as redes e os capítulos locais, para escalar o impacto das contribuições aos ODS. A comunidade PRME na região foi capaz de refletir, compartilhar experiências e aprender uns com os outros.

A sessão do capítulo PRME LAC proporcionou um espaço para o debate sobre o presente e futuro do capítulo, incluindo o fortalecimento de sua comunidade, e o debate sobre futuras reuniões regionais do PRME, governança e representação no comitê consultivo, entre outros. De todas as conversas, ficou clara a importância de fortalecer a conexão entre o capítulo PRME LAC e a rede local do Pacto Global, incluindo a utilização da arquitetura: Metodologia de baixo para cima, para alinhar as prioridades globais e locais na implantação dos ODS; produzir mais investigação aplicada e interdisciplinar; ensino vivencial e incrementar o diálogo e a colaboração.

Atividades concretas e proposição de valor do Capítulo PRME LAC:

  • Seguir trabalhando e recrutando novos signatários PRME na região;
  • Continuar convocando uma reunião anual para a região;
  • Fortalecer a relação com as Redes locais do Pacto Global;
  • Seguir melhorando a página web do PRME Capítulo LAC;
  • Continuar desenvolvendo a Rede de Investigação;
  • Levar a cabo a votação dos estudantes com respeito a seus interesses (ODS) e os desafios da sustentabilidade;
  • Produzir um breve documento com recomendações sobre os ODS para o mundo acadêmico, baseado em uma análise dos ODS.

Estrutura de governo e de coordenação, tal como se decidiu na reunião:

  • Comitê Assessor do Capítulo de PRME LAC: Composto por anfitriões prévios das Reuniões Regionais do PRME LAC;
  • Presidente do Capítulo do PRME LAC e o contato principal: Prof. Gustavo Yepes, da Universidade Externado;
  • Representantes do Capítulo do PRME LAC no Comitê Consultivo do PRME (PRME Advisory Committee): Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (janeiro de 2016 a dezembro de 2017) e o Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE/FGV (janeiro 2018-dezembro 2019).

As futuras Reuniões Regionais do PRME LAC

A 5ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC acontecerá na Universidade Nacional de São Martín (UNSAM) em Buenos Aires, Argentina, em 2016; a 6ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC em ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brasil, em 2017, e a 7ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC, na Universidade de Lima, Peru, em 2018.

Para obter mais informação sobre o Capítulo PRME LAC, por favor, entre em contato com o Prof. Gustavo Yepes, da Universidade Externado de Colômbia, em gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

Se desejar entrar em contato com o anfitrião da 5ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC, por favor, escreva para o Prof. Gabriel Boero, da UNSAM, em gboero@unsam.edu.ar

Para obter mais informação sobre os Capítulos do PRME, por favor, entre em contato com Florência Librizzi, Gerente Sênior, Capítulos, Legal e Política, da Secretaria do PRME, em librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

 

 

 

22 Oct 2015

PRME Secretariat Issues Overview of Climate Change Action Activities at HESI Conference

(Paris, 14 October 2015) – Over 300 representatives from UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, UNESCO, UN DESA, UNEP, UN Global Compact, UNU and higher education institutions (HEIs) have assembled in Paris for the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative: Higher Education for Climate Change Action. In advance of the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), this event aims to address the progress made since Rio+20 by sharing best practices and lessons learned, discuss the roles and responsibilities of HEIs in business and technological innovations around climate change adaptation and mitigation, and encourage new or enhanced commitments by HESI members.

PRME seeks to bridge relationships across HEIs and supporting organisations to catalyse global collaboration among the United Nations, the UN Global Compact and academia. The Six Principles of PRME are based on internationally-accepted values endorsed by UN Member States and provide an engagement framework for higher education institutions to embed responsibility and sustainability in education, research and campus practices through a process of continuous improvement. Together HESI and PRME strive to align higher education institutions with resources and opportunities to fulfil their commitment to sustainability and responsibility in higher education.

See the activities by PRME Secretariat overview of Climate Change Action

See the DESA Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development document, which highlights HESI and PRME Signatory Action

Click here to sign the COP21 Open Letter on behalf of the world’s universities, colleges and students

See the remarks by Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat,
“Encouraging Transformative Management Education and Research for Sustainable Development”

See photos from the event, highlighted by the UN Global Compact

See recent PRiMEtime blog articles highlighting Climate Change Action:

Higher Education for Climate Change Action – Business School Engagement (Part 1)

Higher Education for Climate Change Action – Business School Engagement (Part 2)

 

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