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3rd PRME Asia Forum concludes with call for regional PRME Asia Chapter

Tokyo, Japan, 8-9 December – The 3rd PRME Asia Forum, hosted by Keio University and its Global Security Research Institute, brought together nearly 100 faculty, deans and students from business schools in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In a key outcome of the event, participating schools signed a declaration that included the promise to develop a PRME Chapter in Asia.

The Forum took place with the support of the Global Compact Japan Network, Kyung Hee University in Korea, which hosted the 1st PRME Asia Forum in 2010, and other organizations. This is the first time that schools from Southeast Asia have taken part in a PRME regional event.

"The final declaration demonstrated increasing support and enthusiasm for PRME in the region, while the move towards a PRME Asia Chapter, with plans to focus on defining an “Asian way of PRME,” promises to add another local dimension to the push for responsible management education," said Jonas Haertle, Head of the PRME Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Office.

The Chapter will also benefit from close ties to the Global Compact Local Networks in Asia including the Global Compact Japan Network. Chairman of the Board of the Global Compact Japan Network Toshio Arima, former director of Fuji Xerox, agreed to help PRME signatories generate case studies and further synergies with Global Compact signatory companies.

The 3rd PRME Asia Forum featured a student competition. Six student teams presented project plans and ideas how to further develop corporate responsibility practices and understanding. Teams from Keio University, Doshisha University Business School and Kyung-Hee University won the competition.

Currently, 53 business and management education institutions from the Asia region participate in PRME. Of those, 11 are from China and 16 from India. Last year's 2nd PRME Asia Forum took place at Tsinghua SEM in Beijing. The Asian Institute of Management of the Philippines has agreed to help organize next year’s 4th PRME Asia Forum.

View the Declaration.

Visit the conference webpage.


For further information, please contact:

Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat
UN Global Compact Office


Mitsuhiro Umezu
G SEC Senior Research Fellow
Keio University





11 Dec 2012

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