Today, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat announced that 11 schools were delisted from the PRME initiative for failure to meet the mandatory reporting requirement. The delisting of PRME signatories, first rolled out in January 2013, is part of ongoing efforts by PRME to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility of the initiative, and follows from a recommendation by the PRME Steering Committee as well as from the wider PRME community though the Rio Declaration on the Contribution of HEIs and Management Schools to the Future We Want: A Roadmap for Management Education to 2020. To date, 57 institutions have been delisted for failure to comply.
Under the policies of PRME, participating signatory institutions must issue a biennial progress report (also known as Sharing Information on Progress, or SIP) on their implementation of the initiative’s six principles. Failure to meet the SIP deadline results in a signatory being listed as “non-communicating” on the PRME website. Non-communicating signatories at risk of being delisted can regain their status as “active” participants by submitting an SIP report. Continued failure to submit an SIP to PRME’s public database leads to the delisting.
While delisted signatories are removed entirely from PRME’s database, the initiative does allow those inclined to return. To rejoin PRME, institutions must send a new letter of commitment signed by the highest executive to the PRME Steering Committee and submit an SIP to the PRME database.
“While joining PRME is voluntary, the SIP policy enables us to hold signatories accountable to their commitment. This will help to increase the credibility of the initiative overall and also to recognise those signatories that report on their changes to curriculum, research and campus practices, based on the principles of PRME,” says Jonas Haertle, Head of the PRME Secretariat at the UN Global Compact Office.
Despite the number of schools removed from the participant list, the overall number of PRME participants continues to rise. In 2014, more than 75 organisations joined the initiative, bringing the total of participants to 588 active participants from 80 countries.
Delisted 31 December 2014 (in alphabetical order):
- Ecole Superieur Robert de Sorbon
- Gediz University Department of Management
- Institute of Productivity & Management
- Kazakh Academy of Labour & Social Relations
- Sociedade Latino Americana de Coaching
- Suguna Spark Business School
- University of Bucharest Faculty of Business and Administration
- University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration
- University of Tirana Faculty of Economy
- Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York