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Important Change in PRME Foundational Document

In order to dispel some misunderstandings by potential PRME signatories, we would like to inform you that the PRME Steering Committee has decided to change the wording in the introduction to our foundational document, where the Principles are formulated. From now own, this introduction will read: "As institutions of higher education involved in the development of current and future managers we declare our willingness to progress in the implementation, within our institution, of the following Principles, starting with those that are more relevant to our capacities and mission. We will report on progress to all our stakeholders and exchange effective practices related to these principles with other academic institutions." You will notice that, apart from minor language changes, when talking about the commitment to implement the Principles we have added the wording "starting with those that are more relevant to [the institution's] capacities and mission." The reason for this addition is intended to address the perceptions of some schools that PRME signatories are obliged to immediately undertake new research inspired by the Principles. This concern has prompted hesitation on the part of these schools to become a PRME signatory. We understand that faculties have the autonomy to pursue their own research interests, and tenure makes it difficult for school administration to have direct control over each faculty's research agenda. We anticipate that new scholarship on sustainability and corporate citizenship-related issues will take time to develop. We would like to take advantage of this opportunity to make clear that PRME signatories are not expected to implement ALL principles at the same time or immediately. PRME is a voluntary initiative based on a commitment to make progress over time. Each institution will write its own history of change and updating of its curricula, according to its own capacities and in a consistent way to its unique mission statement. Therefore, the PRME principles are not a set of fixed standards, but a framework for continuous improved practice that will allow signatory academic institutions to raise the bar over time, inspired by the PRME learning community, and, in turn, inspiring PRME peers with their own example. We hope that this change in the wording of our introduction will help schools which are considering participation in the PRME initiative better understand its underlying philosophy. It is also an invitation to current signatories to genuinely walk the path of innovation, building gradually on the basis of the specific nature, capacity and potential of each institution. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact PRMESecretariat@unprme.org

03 Dec 2009

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