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News - Most Recent

Carole Parkes, Winchester University, named PRME Special Advisor for Chapters

9 August 2017 | New York, USA - We are pleased to announced that Professor Carole Parkes, from Winchester University who currently serves as PRME Chapter UK and Ireland Chair, has been appointed as a Special Advisor for Chapters during the 2017 PRME Global Forum.

In her new role and in close coordination with Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager at the PRME Secretariat, Carole will support the PRME Secretariat by providing guidance to Chapters on governance issues, alignment of activities to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals locally and further grow in quantity and quality of engagement, among other relevant projects.

"I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as PRME Special Advisor for Chapters," Parkes said in a statement following her new title position.

"I look forward to working with colleagues in the PRME community on the further development of the great work within Regional Chapters on the Responsible Management Education agenda in support of the Sustainable Development Goals."

We welcome Carole in her new role and wish her an exciting and productive mandate. More details on how to engage with her will be soon shared with PRME Chapter Chairs. 

09 Aug 2017

July Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of May. We welcome new signatories  to the PRME initiative (9), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (31), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (10) to the PRME initiative over the last month. 

FEATURED SIP REPORT:

Nova School of Business and Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa has created a partnership with a major NGO, which allows them to be close to the NGO ecosystem in Portugal: students help to support this organization in a very large volunteering program (Comunidade Nova), student clubs organize consulting missions to help improve these organizations, and our executive education develops programs to help connect the corporate world and social business.

New Signatories

Crown University College, Ghana

APBS Avicenne Business School, Tunisia

Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey, United States

International Academy Montreux SA, Switzerland

Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, Bahamas

Desautels Faculty of Management - McGill University, Canada

Brilliance Business School, Egypt

Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reports:

EDHEC Business School, France

Brest Business School, ESC Bretagne Brest, France

Faculty of Business Administration, Economics & Political Science, British University in Egypt, Egypt

University of Huddersfield Business School, United Kingdom

Faculty of Business & Management, University of Chester, United Kingdom

Fielding Graduate University, United States

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business (TAGSB), Jordan

Birla Institute of Management Technology, India

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines

AESE Escola de Direccao e Negocios, Portugal

University of Connecticut, United States

University of Massachusetts Boston College of Management, United States

Clark University Graduate School of Management, United States

Chartered Association of Business Schools, United Kingdom

ISCTE Business School, Portugal

Koc University, Business School, Turkey

Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, Australia

Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal

Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Management Development Institute MDI, India

Westminster Business School, United Kingdom

Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan

Babson College, United States

Graduate School of Management (GSOM) - St. Petersburg University, Russian Federation

Munich Business School, Germany

Al Akhawayn University School of Business Administration, Morocco

ILR School, Cornell University, United States

UCD Business, Ireland

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Management, United States

Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Graduate School, Japan

University for Peace, Costa Rica

 

01 Aug 2017

New Sustainability Literacy Test Module: "Rebalancing Society"

20 July 2017 | New York, USA - On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

The Sulitest was designed to measure and improve sustainability literacy worldwide, and the new Rebalancing Society module challenges test-takers’ knowledge and perception about how the plural sector could help restore balance to society towards achieving the future we want.

“Healthy society balances the power of respected governments in the public sector with responsible businesses in the private sector and robust communities in what I call the plural sector. This is the essence of sustainability and I applaud the Sustainability Literacy Test for what it is trying to achieve.”– Henry Mintzberg

See the video testimony of Henry Mintzberg here

The Rebalancing Society module will be made available to all institutions participating in the Sulitest, and free of charge for all signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network under the United Nations.

“PRME has supported and endorsed the Sulitest since its launch. With the new set of questions focusing on Mintzberg's Rebalancing Society we are encouraged to note that the test will have a key focus on the important contribution that the plural sector (NGOs, social movements etc) play in today's societies and in making a contribution to a more just and sustainable world.” - Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME, UN Global Compact 

“The business schools of today are especially well-positioned to address some of the grand challenges facing society. The newly developed Sustainability Literacy Test module, which is inspired by the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg of the Desautels Faculty of Management, is a shining example of how the research emanating from business schools can help restore the social equilibrium and effectively transform our world for the better. We are very proud of this initiative, which coincides with the strides that McGill University is making toward advancing key topics in sustainability.” - Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

"It is an honor to collaborate with McGill University, building on the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg that enriches Sulitest. In just a few years, Sulitest has become the international benchmark in the control of SD knowledge in higher education. Thanks to PRME, the Sulitest will see an additional boost, beneficial for the advancement of sustainable development knowledge." - Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean of KEDGE Business School.

Press contacts PRME:
Brendan Pastor +1 212 907 1349 / pastor@unglobalcompact.org

Press contacts McGill:
Chris Chipello Tel. +1 514 398 4201 / chris.chipello@mcgill.ca
Cynthia Lee Tel. +1 514 398 6754 / cynthia.lee@mcgill.ca

Press contacts KEDGE:
Boris GALINAT Tel. +33 (0) 556 842 212 / boris.galinat@kedgebs.com
Aurélie HEUGA Tel. +33 (0) 556 846 343 / aurelie.heuga@kedgebs.com

About Sulitest: 
The Sustainability Literacy Test , Sulitest, was created following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO + 20 with to the support of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). Initiated by KEDGE, Sulitest is already used by more than 600 universities and Business Schools in the world and has been taken by more than 60.000 people.Recognized as one of the 17 featured initiatives on United Nations partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sulitest is now one of the tools for measuring and monitoring the SDGs.

25 Jul 2017

SIP Recognitions and PRME Pioneers Announced

24 July 2017 | New York, USA — Nine recognitions for excellence in Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reporting were announced during a high-level gathering of United Nations officials, academic deans, business executives, faculty, students, and other stakeholders. 

Held on the first evening of the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education — 10 Years of PRME, the special reception honored nine schools for their high-quality SIP Reports.

The recognized institutions, listed below by category, were selected by a peer review group under the guidance of Giselle Weybrecht, author, Special Advisor to PRME and expert in sustainable business education. SIP Recognitions have become a tradition of each PRME Global Forum, and are intended to spotlight significant achievements in reporting progress against the Six Principles at higher education signatories to the Principles for Responsible Management Education. 

First Time Reporters

Non-First Time Reporters

Reporting on the SDGs

In order to qualify, reports must have been submitted between March 1, 2015 and April 20th 2017. The Recognition is only open to Advanced Signatories who submitted their report on time. 

All eligible reports must also fulfil the SIP policy requirements that include:

  • A letter signed by the highest executive of the organisation
  • A description of practical actions during past 24 months
  • An assessment of outcomes
  • An overview of specific objectives for the next 24 months

Over 475 reports were submitted during the eligible period. Of these 117 were deemed eligible. After further analysis by the Secretariat, 35 were selected for peer review. The peer reviewers - members of the PRME Advisory Committee - further analysed the reports and provided their recommendations. The Secretariat took these into consideration and selected 3 schools in each category to receive the Recognitions. The schools represent a range of different approaches.

In addition to the SIP Recognitions, a select group of PRME Pioneers were announced at the reception. 19 individuals who have been key drivers of PRME’s growth and engagement during its ten year history were identified and received a special recognition.

PRME's Foundations

  • Georg Kell - Chairman, Arabesque Partners & Founding Director, UN Global Compact
  • Judith F. Samuelson - Vice President, the Aspen Institute
  • Daniel R. LeClair - Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officers, AACSB International
  • Eric Cornuel - Director General & CEO, EFMD
  • Danica Purg - President, IEDC-Bled School of Management & President, CEEMAN

Inspirations and New Opportunities

  • Anthony Buono - Professor, Management, Bentley University
  • Sandra Waddock - Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
  • Stephen Yong-Seung Park - Dean, Kyung Hee University

Context Matters - Championing PRME Around the World

  • Carole Parkes - Professor of Global Issues and Responsible Management, University of Winchester
  • Norman de Paula Arruda Filho - President, ISAE/FGV
  • Alec Wersun - Senior Lecturer, CPE Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Consuelo Garcia de la Torre - Professor, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, EGADE Business School

Thought Leadership - Translating PRME Into Action

  • Milenko Gudic - Director, REFOMENT Consulting and Coaching
  • Patricia Flynn - Professor, Economics & Management, Bentley University
  • Giselle Weybrecht - PRiMEtime blog Author/Editor; Special Advisor to the PRME Secretariat

Next Decade - Guiding a Movement 

  • Rudi Kurz - Professor, Economic Theory and Policy, Pforzheim University; Chair, PRME Advisory Committee
  • Andrew Main Wilson - Chief Executive, AMBA; Chair, PRME Steering Committee

Early Pioneers - The Foundations

  • Manuel Escudero - Secretary for the Economy and Employment, Spain
  • Angel Cabrera - President, George Mason University

24 Jul 2017

Management Educators Commit to Advancing the SDGs

19 July 2017 | New York, USA — Over 660 business and management-related higher education institutions have made a formal declaration to become sources of thought leadership, knowledge, and innovation to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The move was announced today as part of the Outcomes Declaration of the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education — 10 Years of PRME, a document adopted by acclamation from nearly 300 deans, faculty, and thought leaders in attendance during the event. It was later handed to United Nations officials during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The Forum was organised by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-supported initiative that is now the largest established relationship between the UN and business schools. Convened in conjunction with the HLPF, and organised under the theme of Making Global Goals Local Business: Bringing the SDGs to Every Classroom, representatives from higher education institutions and other academic stakeholder groups noted ongoing progress within schools and through the global PRME network to advance the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular note during the Forum was that despite the relative infancy of the 2030 Agenda — only in force since late 2015 — the SDGs have already become a major component of higher education institutions worldwide.

With the advent of the SDGs, the PRME initiative recently updated its mission statement: realising the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education, reflecting the initiative’s future strategy and following the celebration of its 10th anniversary this year. The Outcomes Declaration of the 2017 PRME Global Forum underscores the commitment of PRME’s signatories — over 660 business and management schools across 83 countries — to continuously engage with the SDGs and increase their visibility in teaching, research, and thought leadership.

During a high-level event in the United Nations headquarters convened by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME, handed the Outcomes Declaration to the United Nations, reaffirming PRME’s commitment to making the SDGs a part of business and management education globally.

Launched in 2007, PRME’s mission is to transform management education, research, and thought leadership globally through a framework of Six Principles. PRME has evolved from this set of Principles to becoming the largest relationship between business and management-related higher education institutions, with participation in over 80 countries and a network that reaches over 20 million students. An initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, PRME engages higher education institutions to produce the responsible leaders of the future.

19 Jul 2017

IJME Special Issue on 10 Years of PRME Available Now

5 July 2017 | New York - The International Journal of Management Education has published a special issue coinciding with the 10th Anniversary of PRME. 

To be formally launched during the 2017 PRME Global Forum by co-editors Carole Parkes and Tony Buono, the special issue contains in-depth analysis of PRME's impact, its networks, and a critical look at the initiative's role in the broader management education landscape. It also provides insight into how business and management schools are engaging with the Six Principles globally.

To read the IJME publication, please click here.

For more information, contact Carole Parkes (Carole.Parkes@winchester.ac.uk).

05 Jul 2017

2016-17 SIP Recognitions To Be Announced During PRME Global Forum

29 June 2017 | New York, USA - Recognitions for excellence in SIP Reporting will be awarded to selected signatories during the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 10 Years of PRME

Initiated by the PRME Secretariat with key support and leadership from Special Advisor Giselle Weybrecht, the SIP Recognitions have become a hallmark event during each Global Forum, intended to spotlight the most exceptional examples of Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reports from PRME signatories.

Recognitions will be provided to three schools in the following two categories:

  • First time reporting
  • Non-First time reporting

Additionally, this year will see a new category, for exceptional reports that spotlight the Sustainable Development Goals.

SIP Recognitions announced during the 2015 PRME Global Forum can be read here.

Guidelines for Eligibility

  • All reports submitted between March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2017 
  • To be considered and recognised, Signatories must be Advanced by May 1, 2017. They must also still be Advanced in order to receive the recognition in July 2017.
  • Late reports will not be considered (5 days extra given to account for possible technical problems). Schools whose latest report (due after the deadline) is late should also not be considered.
  • To be considered, reports need to have fulfilled SIP policy requirements including; 
  • A letter signed by the highest executive of the organisation; A description of practical actions; An assessment of outcomes; and an overview of specific objectives for the next 24 months.

The winners of the SIP Recognitions will be announced during the Reception on 18 July in the Delegates Dining Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

For more information, please contact Sigrun Skudem (Skudem@unglobalcompact.org).


29 Jun 2017

17 Flourish Prizes Awarded to Students for SDG Innovations

23 June 2017 | New York, USA - Student are key drivers of innovations that address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and can be important sources of leadership now and in the future. That is why AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University along with the Fowler Center, hosted the 17 Flourish Prizes to recognise innovations that address the Goals. 

Held during the 4th Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit on 14-16 June in Cleveland, Ohio, the event included video presentations from 17 key figures, including the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Lise Kingo; Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post; and more.

Information on each specific Goal as well as the corresponding Flourish Prize can be found here.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education is proud to be one of the founder and current partners for AIM2Flourish, as our initiatives engage the next generation of business leaders to become stewards of innovation and sustainability.

23 Jun 2017

PRME to be Featured at a UN High-Level Event on Education

22 June 2017 | New York, USA - The Principles for Responsible Management Education Secretariat will take part in a High-Level Event on Education at the United Nations Headquarters on 28 June. 

Hosted by the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Peter Thomson, the event will be convened in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Business and management schools are key drivers helping to shape the skills and mindsets of future business leaders. By incorporating values such as sustainability, responsibility and ethics in teaching, research, and though leadership, these schools can ensure that future leaders are equipped to tackle today's and tomorrow's challenges.

A high-level representative from an Advanced PRME signatory will be offered a key speaking opportunity during this event to share insights from the business school community on how to drive change and create an environment where students can thrive.

More information on this High-Level Event can be found here.

22 Jun 2017

19 Schools Delisted from PRME for Failure to Submit a SIP Report

16 June 2017 | New York - Nineteen higher education institutions were delisted from the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative of the UN Global Compact today for failure to submit a Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report.

The PRME SIP Policy states that all signatories to PRME must submit a report at least once every two years detailing progress in relation to the 6 Principles. Institutions that miss their deadline are listed as non-communicating. If a signatory is non-communicating for over a year, they are delisted from PRME.

The following schools were delisted:

  • Universidade Positivo, Brazil
  • Universidad de Talca, Chile
  • EIAN, International School of Business & Management, Chile
  • Beijing National Accounting Insititute, China
  • HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance, Germany (no longer active)
  • Community Bible College & Seminary, European-American University, Ghana
  • Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, India
  • Abhinav Hi-Tech College of Engineering, Jawaharlal Tehnological University, India
  • I.T.S-Institute of Management, Greater Noida, India
  • Institute of Business Management & Technology, Bangalore University, India
  • Justice KS Hegde Institute of Management, India
  • CMR University & CMR Group, India
  • University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Universidad de Piura, Peru
  • De La Salle Lipa, Phillippines
  • Dar Al-Hekma College, Saudi Arabia
  • ESERP Escuela Superior de Ciencias Empresariales, Marketing y Relaciones Publicas, Spain
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates
  • Baltimore City Community College Business and Technology Department, United States

In addition to this delisting, the following two institutions voluntarily withdrew from PRME:

  • Imperial College, United Kingdom
  • Keio University, Japan

Signatories that are delisted from PRME are eligible to join again after submitting a new SIP report and a new application. For more information, please contact info@unprme.org.

16 Jun 2017

May Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of May. We welcome new signatories  to the PRME initiative (9), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (22), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (24) to the PRME initiative over the last month. 

FEATURED SIP REPORT:

University of Wollongong Faculty of Business – The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience – AIME at UOW is an educational programme that supports indigenous students through high school and into University, employment and further education. Business school students can directly support the Year 12 students that we work with at AIME and share real life experiences of studying at university in the field of business.

New Signatories:

Adelaide Business School, The University of Adelaide, Australia

IMT Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, Argentina

E.H.E. European University EurAka, Switzerland    

International School of Management (ISM), France

T A PAI Management Institute, India

School of Economics and Business - Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

University of Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR (IMTG), India

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reports:

University of St. La Salle, Philippines

Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD), Pakistan

Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines

Newcastle Business School, Australia

NEOMA Business School, France

EGADE, Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership, Mexico

Fagen/UFU - Faculty of Business and Management, Brazil

ICIL, Spain

University of Wollongong Faculty of Business, Australia

Faculty of Business and Management, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Universidad del Valle de Mexico S.C., Mexico

Boston University Questrom School of Business, United States

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, United States

Birla Institute of Management Technology, India

VSE - University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

HEC-Management School, Liege, Belgium

Daniels College of Business, United States

Audencia Nantes School of Management, France

Bond University Faculty of Business, Australia

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Southern University Bangladesh, Bangladesh

 

07 Jun 2017

Take the Survey on Poverty and Management Education!

The PRME Working Group on Poverty, a Challenge to Management Education is conducting a follow-up survey to a survey it conducted in 2012.  The current global survey is designed to assess the degree to which poverty topics and the SDGs are currently being discussed in business and management programs worldwide.

Your participation is important for gaining an accurate picture of where the global PRME community stands in relation to these topics. 

The survey takes around 15 minutes and can be in any of the following languages, preferably by 9 June:

Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Arabic2017

Chinese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Chinese_Poverty

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Poverty_and_the_SDGs

French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/Poverty_et_ODD

German: https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/der_Armut_und-SDGs

Portuguese: https://pt.surveymonkey.com/r/Pobreza_et_ODS

Russian: https://ru.surveymonkey.com/r/Russian2017

Serbo-Croatian: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Serbo-Croatian_Poverty

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/la_pobreza_y_ODS

Preliminary survey findings will be presented at the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education on 18-19 July in New York.

06 Jun 2017

PRME’s Response to UN Secretary-General’s Comments on Climate Action

30 May 2017 | New York, USA — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a strong statement in support of bold action and leadership on climate change, calling on a wide range of stakeholders including business and civil society to go beyond the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement in order to create a more sustainable future for all.

“Climate action is gathering momentum not just because it is a necessity but also because it presents an opportunity – to forge a peaceful and sustainable future on a healthy planet,” the UN Chief stated.

“If we want to protect forests and life on land, safeguard our oceans, create massive economic opportunities, prevent even more massive losses and improve the health and well-being of people and the planet, we have one simple option staring us in the face: Climate action,” he said.

As the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative of the United Nations Global Compact celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, PRME’s Head, Jonas Haertle, says that the global PRME community must align with the statement of the Secretary-General and demonstrate how business and management schools can be key drivers of solutions for action on climate.

“Over the past ten years, we have seen important transformations in many of the world’s business and management schools that are embracing education on issues like environmental sustainability and innovation,” Jonas said.

“As leading higher education institutions, PRME schools are helping to develop the responsible leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with mindsets and skills to become corporate sustainability champions. This will result in a business community that is more responsive to the needs of the planet and society.”

During his speech at the special event taking place in New York University’s Stern School of Business, the Secretary-General noted that action on climate is smart business.

“We are seeing new industries, new markets, healthier environments, more jobs, less dependency on global supply chains of fossil fuels,” Mr. Guterres said, adding, “The real danger is not the threat to one’s economy that comes from acting.  It is, instead, the risk to one’s economy by failing to act.”

Ahead of the 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education and the celebration of PRME’s 10th anniversary, the PRME Secretariat with the support of the PRME Steering and Advisory Committees wish to fully align with the comments from the Secretary-General, and urge all business and management schools to continue taking bold action and leadership on climate through teaching and thought leadership.

Watch the full speech here, or read the text here.

30 May 2017

Outcome of the 1st Mercosul Conference 2017

29 May 2017 | Foz do Iguacu, Brazil - Business cases, new ideas and projects, exchanges of experiences and workshops were part of the 1st Mercosur Conference for Responsible Management Education, which brought together in the Technological Park of Itaipu Binacional, managers and faculty of the educational institutions and signatories schools of PRME Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean. The event was held by PRME, Chapter Brazil and LAC, with the support of ISAE - Business School, Itaipu Technological Park, Itaipu Binacional, Global Compact Brazil and Argentina Local Networks.

"This event is a milestone in the history of PRME Chapter Brasil, the choosed location, Foz do Iguaçu, served to bring the countries closer to the border region, which provided an opportunity to unite countries of great importance within Mercosur," explains the president Of ISAE and the PRME Chapter Brazil, Norman de Paula Arruda Filho, which complements "During these two days we strengthen relationships and stimulate even more the integration of ideas, projects and, mainly, research."

For René Maurício Valdés, coordinator of UNDP Argentina, the meeting was a concrete example of how the 2030 agenda arouses great interest in the academic community, particularly in the business schools responsible for forming transformational leaders. For Bárbara Dunin, advisor of Brazilian Network of Global Compact, it is very clear that the implementation of SDGs in companies and in schools is an irreversible path. "SDG is an important tool for use in the strategic planning of companies," she says.

One of the founders of the Itaipu Technological Park and current coordinator of the Corporate University and president of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Jorge Habib Hanna El Khouri, celebrates: "Itaipu has in its history a commitment to education and the formation of critical mass Country. To receive this event, here in the Technological Park comes to crown our greatest goal is the sharing of knowledge."

For more information, please contact gustavo.loiola@isaebrasil.com.br.

29 May 2017

1st Mercosur Conference for Responsible Management Education - Day 1

25 May 2017 | Foz do Iguacu, Brazil -- 1st Mercosur Conference for Responsible Management Education First day puts into focus strategies for SDGs implementation The first day of the 1st Mercosur Conference for Responsible Management Education discussed the relationship between companies, schools and the SDGs - presenting the vision of the United Nations, in the words of the representative of UNDP - Argentina, René Maurício Valdés; And the role of companies in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with the representative of the Brazilian Network of Global Compact, Barbara Dunin (Brazil), and the President of PRME - Chapter Brazil, Norman de Paula Arruda Filho, explaining about the Principles history. The event was opened by Heloísa Covolan, from Itaipu Binacional, who presented the institution sustainability program and the progress made in achieving the objectives of the 2030 agenda.

The afternoon was aimed at sharing good practices on the implementation of SDGs in educational institutions. Gabriel Boero, from PRME LAC, addressed strategic methodologies for implementing PRME in business schools; Cases of success in Latin America were presented by Ricardo Siqueira (FDC), Tamara Van Kaick (UTFPR), Mariana Wolowski (Unicesumar) and Roberto Elias Canese (Universidade Columbia - PY). To conclude, Gustavo Andrey (EAESP / FGV) and Waverly Neuberger (Universidade Metodista) presented the SDG Workshop developed by a comission of schools from PRME Chapter Brazil.

"This meeting is a concrete demonstration of how the 2030 agenda arouses great interest in the academic community, particularly in schools that are dedicated to educating students, entrepreneurs and conscious leaders that must act.," says René Valdés.

Agenda

For tomorrow, the discussion will be around the expectations and needs of the companies in their relationship with universities and business schools related to the SDGs and the PRME and, finally, a planning meeting will take place on the subregional activities of PRME Mercosul and Brazil, exploring research and collaborative opportunities.

More information: https://www.mercosulconference.com/

25 May 2017

Two Hong Kong Conferences Highlight Role of Sustainability in Higher Education and Business

8 May 2017 | Hong Kong - On the 4th of May 2017 the International conference “Corporate Governance and Sustainable Development – Industries, Higher Education, NGOs” took place in Hong Kong at the Hang Seng Management of College with the organizational participation of Prof. Shirley Yeung, Director of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI) and Virtus Global Center for Corporate Governance.

 

Participants from 10 countries (including Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, Ukraine, Thailand, the UK, UAE, France), representing 3 continents and 4 parts of the world gathered at the conference venue to discuss relevant issues of corporate governance and sustainability, share their most recent research and come up with the solutions of the existing academic and practical problems.

 

Key-note speeches were delivered by Prof. Hugh Grove from the University of Denver, USA and Prof. Andy Hor from the Hong Kong University. Plenary part was also continued with the insightful practitioner’s view of Kobsidthi Silpachai who has extensive executive experience in the leading world financial institutions, as well as by the deep academic founding of Prof. Mac Clouse from Reiman School of Finance, University of Denver, USA and Prof. Hyonok Kim, Faculty of Business Administration, Tokyo Keizai University, Japan.

 

Afterwards the conference was divided into two parallel sessions connected to the various problems of corporate governance, disclosure, reporting and sustainability.

 

Organizers would like to express gratitude to all of the participants who came to the conference from far away to share their ideas, experience and research. In our digitalized world face-to-face communication becomes a rare opportunity to come up with cumulative solutions and generating new knowledge for future development and enhancement.

 

Following the above conference, on the 5th of May, 2017 the International conference “Sustainable Development in Higher Education in conjunction with the 2nd UNPRME Colloquium in Higher Education organized by CCSI and co-organized with UNESCO, APEID and well supported by United nations Principles for Responsible management (UNPRME)” also took place in the same venue with Keynote Speakers and Invited Speakers from 7 countries, for example, Keynote Speeches were delivered by Dr. Meshgan, Mohd, Al-Awar, Director of Research & studies Centre, Dubai Police Academy, Hon Mr. Cheung, Kwok-Kwan, JP, Legislative Councilor, HKSAR, and Prof. Eunice Mareth Q. Areola, Dean, Graduate School and College of Business Administration and Accountancy, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila, Philippines. Invited Speakers were Dr. Yaroslav Mozghovyi, Editor, Journal of Governance and Regulation/ Project Manager, Ukraine, and Mr Matej Michalko, Founder, CEO, DECENT/  Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, Blockchain R & D Hub, London, Ms. Susanna Chiu, Past President, Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, Hong Kong, Dr. William Yu, CEO, World Green Organisation (WGO), Hong Kong, Mr. Alex Ku, VP, SME Global Alliance, Executives/ Chair, Cultural & Creative Industry Committee, Hong Kong  and Ms. Amy Liu, Managing Editor, Our Hong Kong Foundation, Hong Kong. Speakers shared their expertise on responsible management in relation to the six principles of UNPRME, the trend and use of technology in curriculum deign design, for example, blockchain and cold chain for behavioural change, green learning environment with bamboo, the importance of a green office design and the growth of creative cultural industries with wisdom development and spirituality under advanced technological world.

 

A student voices session has been arranged and students of higher education and secondary education actively participated in the discussion. During the conference, their knowledge of sustainable development and United nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) has been increased with global exposure. Students were keen to use bamboo as a tool for innovative product / service co-crreation for sustainable development.  

 

Developing a sustainable development mindset needs to have global exposure with local community issues addressed and local organisational culture considered. Two student winners were rewarded a cash bonus for their innovative ideas on synergy co-creation. The two conferences have engaged government official, academic and private sectors, NGOs and students of Hong Kong and France.   

 

The International Conference on Sustainable Development provides a powerful platform to showcase successful evidence-based initiatives created by Dubai to address development challenges. It is a direct response to the expressed needs of stakeholders from different perspectives to further scale up proven development solutions and best practices that contribute to sustainable development.

 

Dr Yeung was the designer and Chair / Co-chair of the two international conferences.  Her  transformational female leadership has been well received on engaging the future generation into the 17 UN sustainable development goals under the 2030 agenda.

08 May 2017

PRME Chapter UK&Ireland Announce Writing Competition Prize Winners

The PRME Chapter UK and Ireland is delighted to announce the winners of its first Responsible Business and Management Writing Competition. Designed to highlight and celebrate the range and quality of student writing in this domain, the competition has provided vivid evidence of growing engagement with sustainability, ethics and related subjects across the business school sector.

The undergraduate competition winner is Helen Mullen of Kent Business School, who impressed judges with her perspectives on how environmentally sustainable management approaches might contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Outlining the reasons for awarding her the top prize, Professor Carole Parkes, Chair of the UG Judging Panel and Chair of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland, commented, “This essay demonstrated a critical approach to the subject. It was well-argued, used good examples to support the points made and, importantly, really engaged the reader”. Second and third prize winners were Emma Gaskill of Salford Business School and Thea Aursnes of Royal Holloway, University of London.

The winner of the first prize in the postgraduate category is Eilidh Finlayson of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, for her exploration of commercialisation in the microfinance industry and how this has impacted on responsible management practices. Commenting on her winning qualities, Professor Peter Stokes, Chair of the PG Panel, said, “Eilidh developed a compelling and valuable examination of the challenges for responsible management of commercialisation in micro-finance - a powerful and convincing account on this important topic”. Second and third prize winners were Caroline Johnson of Winchester Business School and Lynette Nabbosa, also of the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

On behalf of the organisers, Chris Blackburn, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Oxford Brookes Business School, congratulated both prize winners and other finalists on the quality of their writing.

He also added, “To all the entrants and all the universities that have encouraged their students to take part, your determination to bring Responsible Management Education and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to the centre of your endeavours has been truly impressive. We look forward to building on this competition in future years to ensure that we continue to support the United Nations PRME initiative in ways that nurture the student voice and recognise the committed teaching that makes this possible”.

Any enquiries about the results or the second competition planned for 2017/18 can be directed to Jonathan Louw at jlouw@brookes.ac.uk.

PRIZE-WINNER LIST

Postgraduate Category 

First: Eilidh Finlayson, Glasgow School for Business and Society

Second: Caroline Johnson, Winchester Business School

Third: Lynette Nabbosa, Glasgow School for Business and Society

Other Finalists: Andrew Clegg, Fiona Jarvis, Elena Magli, Nikolas Papachristoforou, Mehak Shafiq, Emma Sutton, Tung Dao

Undergraduate Category

First: Helen Mullen, Kent Business School

Second: Emma Gaskill, Salford Business School

Third: Thea Aursnes, Royal Holloway, University of London

Other Finalists: George Carey, Samuel Da Silva, Zeyad Golita, George Kennedy, Atilia Marinescu, Chloe Osborne, Maike Ostermann

Judging Panel

Postgraduate Panel:
Professor Peter Stokes, Leicester Castle Business School (De Montfort University) (Chair)

Dr Christine Gilligan Sheffield Hallam University

Matthew Gitsham, Hult International Business School

Undergrduate Panel: 
Professor Carole Parkes, University of Winchester (Chair)

Dr Paul Cashian, Coventry University

Dr Anja Schaefer, Open University

 

04 May 2017

Inaugural “Flourish Prizes” to be awarded at Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Inaugural “Flourish Prizes” to be awarded at Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, June 14-16

17 business innovations to be honored for contributions to the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

CLEVELAND, OHIO—The Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, on June 14-16 at Case Western Reserve University, will celebrate business leaders, professors and students making a positive impact on society and the natural world by focusing on enterprise that ensures dignity for all people and a healthy planet for generations to come. 

During the Forum, AIM2Flourish, an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management, will award the inaugural Flourish Prizes, recognizing 17 innovations from around the world that align with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. Flourish Prizes will be awarded each day during the forum.

“Today, we are announcing the 17 Flourish Prizes, exemplifying the best-of-the-best business innovations discovered and written about by business students—tomorrow’s Global Goals leaders,” AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, said. “Ranging from Mozambique to Cleveland and Argentina to India, the 17 business innovations showcase the power of profitable businesses to solve local challenges while contributing to community prosperity and well-being.”

The U.N.’s Global Goals are the world’s “to-do list” by 2030, unanimously ratified by 193 countries in September 2015. Beyond the moral imperative, these 17 challenges—including ending poverty, combating climate change, preserving the world’s natural resources—represent an estimated $12 trillion business opportunity, according to the “Better Business, Better World” report released at the 2017 World Economic Forum.

A distinguished jury of business and academic leaders selected the 17 best-of-the-best business innovation stories (one for each Global Goal) from the 422 Innovation Stories published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2016. Management students around the world interview innovative business leaders and publish their stories on the AIM2Flourish platform as a global resource and community, centered on positive business solutions.

“AIM2Flourish is the antidote to bad news by shining a bright light on what business is doing right and encouraging business leaders, educators and citizens to join the Global Goals movement serving 100 percent of humanity and a healthy planet,” Baskin said.

Thousands of business-school students have completed the AIM2Flourish assignment since the initiative’s June 2015 launch at the U.N., including an intergenerational, in-person interview with a business leader. Students learn to ask positive questions based on Appreciative Inquiry, the powerful strengths-based whole system method developed at Case Western Reserve management professors David Cooperrider and Ron Fry.

Business leaders will receive the Flourish Prize awards, designed as solar-powered revolving glass sculptures of earth resting on a crystal base. Professors and student authors who collaborated with AIM2Flourish will be recognized at the Global Forum for their outstanding contributions. 

Winners of the 2017 Flourish Prizes are:

Goal 1 End Poverty: The Sunshine Nut Co. in Mozambique, Morocco, which employs young men and women who were abandoned or orphaned in their youth by years of violent civil war.

Goal 2 End Hunger: CV. Green Health Agriculture in Indonesia, whose innovation delivers affordable organic rice to consumers and supports sustainable agriculture.

Goal 3 Health and Well-Being: Lucky Iron Fish, created in Canada but used in Cambodia and around the world, devised a simple iron ingot that delivers essential iron to combat anemia when dropped into a cooking pot.

Goal 4 Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Foldscope Instruments, created in the United States but used around the world, invented a $1 paper microscope, making science accessible to anyone.

Goal 5 Gender Equality: Serve & Help in Morocco supports marginalized women looking for a job with a platform that serves as an intermediary to affluent customers who need quality household services.

Goal 6 Clean, Safe Water and Sanitation: SmartPaani in Nepal is tackling the water crisis in Kathmandu Valley with rainwater harvesting, water filtration and wastewater treatment.

Goal 7 Clean Energy: d.light, in the United States (San Francisco), supplying affordable solar-powered  lighting and equipment that brightens the night around the world or people without access to a power grid.

Goal 8 Economic Growth and Decent Work: CINIA in Mexico hires people with various physical and mental disabilities to help them become productive members of society.

Goal 9 for Resilient Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation: BIOCONEXION in Argentina connects farmers growing native crops with eager customers for economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as delicious food.

Goal 10 for Reduced Inequality: Cipla Ltd. in India, whose breakthrough 3-in-1 anti-HIV/AIDS cocktail brought the cost of treatment to less than $1 a day, bringing life-saving therapy to millions of people in the developing world.

Goal 11 for Resilient Cities: Conceptos Plásticos in Colombia transforms discarded plastic into Lego-like blocks to build affordable, fire- and earthquake-resistant homes from locally sourced materials.

Goal 12 for Sustainable Consumption and Production: Greenhope in Indonesia produces biodegradable plastic bags for supermarkets from locally farmed cassava. The company’s innovation supports smallholder farmers and reduces landfill waste with bags that biodegrade in sunlight in mere weeks rather than hundreds of years.

Goal 13 for Climate Change: Gram Power in India couples “smart meters” with solar-powered microgrids to bring clean, reliable energy to low-income people.

Goal 14 for Life Under Water: Bureo Skateboards in Chile designs and manufactures sustainable skateboards made from reclaimed plastic pollution, namely discarded fishing nets.

Goal 15 for Life on Land: SunCulture in Kenya provides Kenyan smallholder farmers with solar-powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems that reduce costs, increase yields and lengthen growing seasons.

Goal 16 for Peace and Justice: Buza Ice Cream in Israel, a business run by an Arab and a Jew in a country where most people see the other side as an enemy, is a living example of how peace is possible through business.

Goal 17 for Partnerships: MPOWERED, working in partnership two non-profits: New Course and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, helps women in Kenya rise from poverty to become independent by selling solar lanterns.

Visit AIM2Flourish.com to read the full story for each Flourish Prize-winner, as well as hundreds of other inspiring business innovation stories. For Fourth Global Forum pricing and registration information, visit globalforum.case.edu.

For more information, contact:

Marv Kropko - (216) 368-6890 mrk107@case.edu

Claire Sommer - (917) 834-0323 Claire@AIM2Flourish.com

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.

About the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise.  The Center’s primary focus is on for-profit organizations that use their core activities to create value for society and the environment in ways that create even more value for their customers and shareholders. Its theory of change draws on Positive Organizational Science, Appreciative Inquiry, Sustainable Value, Design, and Systems Thinking.

 

01 May 2017

April Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of April. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (10), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (16), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (40) to the PRME initiative over the last month. 

FEATURED SIP REPORT: Jonkoping International Business School has been a committed participant in the PRME network for four years. They have adopted the ‘Practice of Faculty Volunteering’ in education in the developing countries. As a part of this exchange program, the faculty commits their spare time to participate in educational activities abroad. The focus of the current exchange program is to strengthen the participating institutions’ pedagogy in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship.

New Signatories:

IDEPRO - Instituto de Desarrollo Profesional, Ecuador

ESDES (Ecole Suparieure de Daveloppement Economique et Social), France

Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, India

Faculty of Economics - University of Split, Croatia

Budapest Business School - University of Applied Sciences, Hungary

School of Economics and Business - Universidad de Navarra, Spain

School of Business - Monash University, Malaysia

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India

Gebze Technical University, Turkey

SRH Fernhochschule - The Mobile University, Germany

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reports:

Neumann Business School, Peru

Cambridge Business School, Czech Republic

Indira School of Business Studies, Pune, India

Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden

Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom

University of Wisconsin Whitewater, College of Business and Economics, United States

IAG-Business School, Brazil

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines

Villanova School of Business (VSB), United States

Barcelona School of Management, Spain

Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Dayananda Sagar Business Academy, India

IAG-Business School, Brazil

Albers School of Business and Economics, United States

MANCOSA, South Africa

Santo Tomas Moro, Peru

01 May 2017

March Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of March. We welcome new signatories and supporting organisations to the PRME initiative (3), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (24), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (127) to the PRME initiative over the last month. 

New Signatories:

Universidad Santiago de Cali, Colombia

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia

Istanbul Gelisim University, Istanbul

Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reports:

Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom

Dayananda Sagar Business Academy, India

Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada

Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden

Facultad de Contaduria y Administracion, Mexico

Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

Griffith Business School, Australia

UNSW Business School, Australia

College of Business Administration - Texas A&M University - Central Texas, United States

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Hanken School of Economics, Finland

School of Business - University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China

London South Bank University, United Kingdom

Paris School of Business, France

Centro de Estudios Universitarios "16 de Septiembre", Mexico

Escuela de Negocios PwC Argentina, Argentina

Faculty of Management Technology/German University in Cairo, Egypt

Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Universum University College, Kosovo

IESDE Business School, Mexico

University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

University of Wollongong Faculty of Business, Australia

06 Apr 2017

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