(New York, 18 September 2015) – Today the PRME Secretariat, together with Steering Committee members AABS, AACSB International, ABIS, AMBA, CEEMAN, CLADEA, EFMD, GMAC, GRLI and EAUC issues a call to action to business schools and management-related Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in response to the refugee crisis.
Sixty million people have been displaced by conflict and over 410,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean from the Middle East so far this year. Understanding that the primary responsibility for peace rests with Governments, the urgency of the global refugee crisis is a challenge that requires support from all actors in society on a short-, mid- and long-term basis.
The leaders of the international academic community are called to take action and address the refugee crisis. In particular, by providing access and scholarships to business and entrepreneurship related classes and knowledge resources to refugees, HEIs can contribute to the education of those who will return home to build a future worth living with their families and within their communities. Furthermore HEIs can take steps to raise awareness and understanding regarding the situation of refugees and foster social cohesion. HEIs are called to offer their support and incentivize their students to be engaged in these efforts. By joining forces with business, governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and/or other HEIs, business schools can forge long-term partnerships for education and sustainable development. HEIs should determine how best to support based on their own assets and capabilities.
Join the movement and make a commitment to the refugee crisis. Commitments will be highlighted on the official UN Business website.
See the Call to Action: Mobilizing Academic Community Action in Response to the Refugee Crisis
See the Global Compact Call to Action: Business Action Pledge in Response to the Refugee Crisis