Today, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat announced that 4 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 the accountability and credibility of the initiative and follows from a recommendation by the PRME Steering Committee as well as from the wider PRME community through 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, 75 institutions have been delisted for failure to comply.
The SIP policy was developed based on the consensus reached at the 1st PRME Global Forum for Responsible Management Education in 2008, and has been updated in consultation with the PRME Working Group on SIP and PRME Advisory Committee in 2015. The updated policy was endorsed by the 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education – 6th Annual Assembly in the Outcomes Declaration. 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. According to the new SIP policy, a non-communicating participant that fails to fulfil the minimum SIP policy requirements will be automatically delisted from PRME after 12 months from receiving non-communicating status. Under the old SIP policy, these institutions had been given 24 months after their SIP deadline to submit their SIP report before they were delisted.
While delisted signatories are removed entirely from PRME’s database, the initiative does allow those willing 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 2015, more than 75 organisations joined the initiative, bringing the total to 636 active participants from 83 countries.
Delisted 6 January:
1. Pamplin School of Business Administration
2. Universidad Pablo de Olavide Faculty of Business Administration
3. School of Business and Management, Shaoxing University
4. St. Francis College