(Delhi, 10 January 2015) - IILM Institute for Higher Education New Delhi, with the support of the PRME Secretariat, hosted the Second International Conference on “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice” from 8-10 January 2015 at its New Delhi campus. The conference was addressed to academicians from the leading business schools, leaders of industry, senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and social sector representatives, and focused on the theme of PRME and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The conference was inaugurated by Jess Dutton, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to India, who in his opening stressed the need for taking action towards the SDGs for a more harmonious world. A special address by Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, highlighted the need to expand the scope of responsibility to include several stakeholders such as corporations, educational institutions, community, employees, and governments, for sustainable development. Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact, briefed the conference delegates on the proposed SDGs of the United Nations. Welcoming the delegates, Rakesh Chaudhry, Senior Director IILM shared how IILM became a signatory of PRME in August 2008, and has been actively engaged in implementing initiatives and the framework of PRME on its own, as well as in partnership with other PRME Champion business schools.
The conference deliberations covered: Framework for Responsible Management Education, Inclusive Equitable Education and Lifelong learning, Skills Development for Sustainable Economic growth, Gender equality, women empowerment, Rethinking consumption, and Training and sensitization for responsible management. The conference also included Research papers on the theme of Conference. The jury adjudged the paper titled “Sustainability and Management Education: Exploration and the interrelationship between the dimensions from stakeholder’s perspective” by Ankur Roy, as the best research paper.
As one of the main outcomes of the meeting, IILM will again host the next Third International Conference on “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice” from 7-9 January 2016.
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Background on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and relevance for Higher Education Institutions:
The United Nations General Assembly is in the process of formulating and articulating a new global framework and goals for sustainable development to replace the Millennium Development Goals, when they expire at the end of 2015.
Higher education institutions (HEIs), including business and management schools, are emerging as a core stakeholder in discussions on the required architecture for achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals.
In his July 2013 report to member states, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon cited the need for partnerships, including academia, to achieve the Goals, and in July 2014, he called on PRME specifically to play an active role.
As an essential part of the system, there is the need for management-related academic institutions and individuals to work together collaboratively to establish how best to respond to these calls and articulate a roadmap for how the management education and research community as a whole can best contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. There are clear roles for which this community is uniquely placed to play:
- Through education, by developing globally responsible leaders with the necessary capabilities and commitment,
- Through research and thought leadership, enabling business organizations to serve the common good, and
- Through engaging in the transformation of business and the society.
Accordingly, the management education community, and specifically the signatories of the Principles of Responsible Management Education, are encouraged to:
- Align their education, research, and engagement agendas with key global development issues as being articulated in the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals framework;
- Embed new content and transformative learning approaches, including experiential learning, throughout the curriculum in order to develop the competencies necessary for business to tackle our major sustainable development goals;
- Engage in new forms of action research around the major sustainable development issues we face and create new solutions to help business play a more effective role in multiple local contexts;
- Play an active role as public opinion leaders, advisors, solution providers and facilitators to help business become an effective agent of sustainable development;
- Act as impartial facilitators for and between business, government, and civil society.