The meeting was held alongside the 3rd RME Conference, and was meant to build upon the outcomes and achievements of previous meetings from the German speaking region of Europe while focusing on the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals and their relationship to the business community.
This conference included input from the three United Nations Global Compact Local Networks (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria), and included a keynote address from the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Lise Kingo.
Responsible Management Education (RME) is dedicated to the ambitious goal of presenting initiatives and methods to incorporate sustainability into the curricula of business and management programmes. With the slogan "Responsible Management 2030”, the participants in the International Meeting Center (IMC FH Krems) got to know important tools for the implementation in their respective fields of teaching and activities.
Certain acts and behavioral processes are necessary in order to integrate ecologically, economically and socially acceptable actions and thinking into everyday life - globally. Not only in personal and professional life but much earlier: where it can be smoothly introduced as part of teaching and learning - at universities, colleges and schools.
A varied and versatile event agenda with lectures, panel discussions, parallel sessions, networking and exchange of experience provided great interest and enthusiastic participation among the approximately 150 international participants. With the help of innovative tools and media, it has been shown how sustainability topics can be transported and used in teaching programs, events or student projects - especially (but not exclusively) by teachers in the Business Department.
Several speakers have been representing their renowned educational and economic institutions, such as the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Swiss Post, Copenhagen Business School, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Cologne Business School, Schachinger Logistik Holding GmbH and IMC FH Krems.
The organizers, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Altenburger and DI Roman H. Mesicek (both IMC FH Krems) were especially proud to welcome Lise Kingo, who arrived from New York specifically for the event, as well as Jonas Haertle, Head of PRME, and Lutz Schlange, the Chair of PRME Chapter DACH.
“At this week’s meeting in Austria, UN Global Compact’s Executive Director Lise King called on the PRME community to support the process, saying that to succeed in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, we need all of you to join us on the journey, thinking and acting in bigger, bolder and more collaborative ways than ever before,” said Haertle.
"Basically it is about conveying the participants of the 2007 established Six Principles to educate future leaders as a guide for the education sector. The special requirement is to interpret the sustainability topics for the respective programmes,” explains Reinhard Altenburger of the IMC FH Krems.
This year's event in Krems was the third of a series of annual research conferences on "Responsible Management Education" - next station will be Brazil in 2017. And Roman Mesicek adds: "We are committed to the Six Principles of Responsible Management Education as IMC FH and commit ourselves to comply and implement them. This means that the IMC FH Krems, together with international partners, is taking an important – and correct - path towards the worldwide needed Sustainability practice."
Info: The Six Principles for Participants in the Training of Future Leaders (Summary)
- Develop students' abilities to create lasting value for businesses and society as a whole and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
- Integrate the values of global and societal responsibility into academic activities and curricula as presented in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.
- Framework conditions, materials, processes and an environment for training are created, which enable effective learning experience for Responsible Business Management.
- Involvement in basic and empirical research that improves our understanding of the role, dynamism and impact of enterprises in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic values.
- Exchange with business leaders to broaden our knowledge of the challenges they face in fulfilling social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to address them successfully.
- Enable and support dialogue as well as debate on issues of global social responsibility and sustainability between teachers, businesses, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.
For more information on this event, please contact the Chairs of the PRME Chapter DACH.