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News - 3 June 2015

Academic, Business and Government Leaders Worldwide to Identify Best Practices for Integrating Sustainability and Responsibility into Business Education

(New York, 3 June, 2015) – The 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education 6th PRME Assembly, hosted by the PRME Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Office, will be held June 23-25, 2015 in New York bringing together leaders in academia, business, government and civil society, to discuss and identify best practices for integrating sustainability and responsibility into management education. The PRME initiative facilitates organisational change, inspiring and recognising higher education institutions that embed corporate responsibility and sustainability into their curricula - thereby producing business leaders equipped to manage the complex challenges facing business and society. This year a key discussion point will be the involvement of business and management education in contributing to the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since its launch in 2007, 600+ institutions have signed up to PRME, including the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business who have successfully integrated sustainability into project courses where students can apply what they have learnt in innovative ways:

"At the Haas School of Business, students are not just learning about the issues (e.g. with our Global Megatrends course) but are also exploring, testing, and even putting into place innovative solutions to the world's business challenges, through, for example, our "Intrapreneurship for Sustainability" course." Christina Meinberg, Associate Director, Center for Responsible Business, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, USA

To learn more about joining PRME and/or the UN Global Compact, please visit: http://www.unprme.org/how-to-participate.  

To view the agenda of the 2015 PRME Global Forum visit: http://www.unprme.org/global-forum. 

About the PRME Initiative

The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

In the current academic environment, corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. PRME therefore provides a timely global call for business schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to respond to the new business challenges and opportunities. By teaching current and future business leaders, management educators are uniquely positioned to facilitate the transition to a sustainable future. As the business sector increasingly demands an understanding of sustainability, educational institutions must adapt in order to produce graduates equipped for a changing business environment.

Taking the Six Principles as a guiding framework, any institution that is willing to integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability in a gradual and systemic manner is welcome to join the initiative. PRME was initially developed in collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact and representatives of business education. The Six Principles were first unveiled at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in July 2007. There are currently over 600 organisations signed up to the PRME initiative.

03 Jun 2015

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