(Seattle, 11 October 2014) – The emerging PRME Chapter North America (USA and Canada) was created during the 1st PRME Regional Meeting North America hosted by University of Washington Bothell School of Business on 10-11 October, 2014. This inaugural PRME Regional Meeting focused on responsible management education practices in business schools across the region. Attendees of the workshop were positioned at the forefront of an influential new horizon in business education and responsible management. While the pre-workshop was marked by inspirational site visits to the Bullitt Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and keynote by Gifford Pinchot III of the Bainbridge Global Institute, the meeting was conducted as an interactive workshop, engaging attendees in conversations and exercises that sparked thought-provoking debate on crucial issues such climate change, how to embed PRME into the curricula, how best report, gender equality in the classroom and teaching, interfaith religion and responsible management education, among others.
During the workshop, the participants expressed their interest in working together and strengthening the engagement in the region, leading to the formation of the PRME Chapter North America.
Main activities and core value proposition of the emerging PRME Chapter North America:
The PRME Chapter North America will be a PRME regional platform that will help to advance the Six Principles of PRME. It will also be a local catalyser and, in coordination with the PRME Secretariat, a link with the UN Global Compact Networks in the USA and Canada.
Many activities were discussed with the spirit of peer learning, towards strengthening the regional PRME community and collaboratively tackling barriers to responsible management, proposing the following projects for focus:
- Developing PRME Awards for excellence in responsible management education
- Developing links between the PRME Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports and AACSB and EQUIS Accreditation, with the goal to introduce a template at the Academy of Management (AOM) 2015, in Vancouver, Canada. A workshop for the PRME Chapter North America may take place prior to the AOM meeting
- Cross-School Research Project using UN Global Compact data set with the objective of building knowledge for UN Global Compact companies, and best practices for teaching in management education institutions
- Implementing PRME at Catholic institutions
- Furthering the responsible management education discussion in the Cascadia (USA/Canada) region
- Exploring PRME and Indigenous Peoples Issues
- Holding the 2nd PRME Regional Meeting North America, hosted by Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University. A project called “2x1” will be implemented. This project encourages PRME signatories invite to the meeting a non-PRME signatory or a colleague from their institution that is not that familiar to PRME with the incentive that the second attendee does not pay the conference fee, in order to promote the Principles and recruit signatories will be launched.
The PRME Secretariat wishes to thank University of Washington Bothell School of Business as the host, as well as the participants for this successful event. Please find here the list of participants of this meeting.
If you would like to participate in the activities of the PRME Chapter North America, or to receive more information on PRME Chapters, contact Florencia Librizzi, Manager Participants and Chapters, Legal & Policy Adviser, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at email@example.com