PRME Working Group on Sustainable Leadership in the Era of Climate Change (this group is currently inactive)

Description

Today, climate change is a business reality and represents a clear and unprecedented challenge for human society. Yet, the updating of management education to the challenges and opportunities for business to address restructuring towards a low carbon economy has hardly started. The aim of this Working Group is to inaugurate a line of development on Climate Change and Curriculum Change among faculty members of PRME signatories for the transversal introduction of Climate Change issues in the curriculum of business schools.

A) MISSION

The mission of the Working Group is to encourage business schools throughout the world to implement a strategy following the principles of The Copenhagen Conference Declaration (CCD):

  1. Integrate Climate-related Topics into Management Education
  2. Research the Role of Business in a Low Carbon Economy
  3. Lead by Example.

B) ACTIONS

  • Promote the PRME initiative, using the CCD to encourage new schools to join PRME
  • Encourage members of PRME/CCD to share their experience (success and mistakes)
  • Disseminate best practices in implementing the CCD
  • Produce ”Practical Guide to Climate and Curriculum Change”
  • Support new initiatives
  • Lobby for integrating the CCD principles in SIPs as well as international accreditation criteria

C) SUCCES INDICATORS

  • Each year, the working group will assess the progress of schools implementing the CCD principles. Illustrative indicators could include:
  • Number of institutions with the CCD in their strategic plans (performance indicators on all CDD criteria in their annual report)
  • Number of institutions with at least one of the CCD criteria in their targets/goals
  • Number of institutions with the CCD in SIP
  • Number of institutions integrating CCD into their curriculum (e.g., courses, programs, curriculum integration)
  • Number of institutions Integrating CCD into their research (individual research, joint/cross-functional research, cross-institution research)
  • Number of institutions integrating CCD on their campus (e.g., carbon footprint , sustainability plans)

D) TOOLS

Sharing of experience through: SIPs, Conferences, Webinars, Press conferences, Publications, Testimony, Best Practices on Website

Resources

Pre-Global Forum meeting (22 June 2010): The preliminary agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Define Working Group Mission, Actions, Success Indicators, Tools
  2. Plan Production of a Practical Guide to Climate and Curriculum Change
  3. Set targets for incorporation of Climate Change into SIPs

Webinar (15 June 2010): Followed by a short introduction by Head of PRME Secretariat Manuel Escudero (UN PRME) and PRME Project Manager Jonas Eder-Hansen (Copenhagen Business School) working group members Professor Anthony Buono (Bentley) and Director for Corporate Social Responsibility Jean-Christophe Carteron (Euromed) shared their valuable experiences on “How to Integrate Issues of Climate Change into Business Schools”.

The presentation took departure in the The Copenhagen Conference Declaration: A Call to Action for Management Education – a result of the PRME/CBS International Conference on “Responsible Management Education: Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change” that took place on 23-24 November 2009 at Copenhagen Business School. The Declaration calls upon business schools to understand their vital role in shaping and disseminating the values and best practices that future business leaders need to transform a global climate framework into action.

PRME/CBS International Conference (23-24 November 2009): On 23-24 November Copenhagen Business School hosted the “PRME/CBS International Conference on Responsible Management Education: Sustainable Leadership in the era of Climate Change”. Contributing to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP15) on 7-18 December 2009 a tangible outcome of the conference is The Copenhagen Conference Declaration: A Call to Action for Management Education that sets out three focus areas for the role of business schools in relation to climate change:

  1. Integrate Climate-related Topics into Management Education
  2. Research the Role of Business in a Low Carbon Economy
  3. Lead by Example

The conference structure was very interactive and through engaging panel debates and involving workshops the conference discussed how business schools can help solve the climate crisis through new educational approaches, sustainable leadership, innovative research models and new forms of partnerships. The various sessions resulted in the following headlines and outcomes:

  1. Business Demands for Climate Change Competencies (4 competencies were identified)
  2. he Role of Business Schools in Solving the Climate Challenge and New Approaches to Curriculum Change (4 Best Practices of Curriculum Change were identified)
  3. Student Demand for Climate Change in the Business School Curricula (4 Student Wishes/demands for Curriculum Change were identified)
  4. During four parallel research tracks the 4 Most Important Research Topics on climate change were identified

Read the PRME news item here and find the full conference report on the conference website.

Webinar (26 May 2009): In the context of the World Business Summit on Climate Change (24-26 May), the Copenhagen Business School hosted a virtual meeting (webinar) with PRME interested signatories and World Business Summit participants in order to exchange views about the state-of-the-art in the introduction of climate change concerns in the curricula of business schools in the era of sustainable leadership. Furthermore, the event was a first step towards discussing the agenda, nature and expected outcomes of the PRME/CBS International Conference on Sustainable leadership in an Era of Climate Change (23-24 November 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark). Read the PRME news item here.

Please contact Anthony Buono: ABUONO@bentley.edu, Matthew Gitsham: Matthew.Gitsham@ashridge.org.uk and Jean-Christophe Carteron: Jean-Christophe.Carteron@euromed-management.com or PRMESecretariat@unprme.org for further information and/or to join this Working Group.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the working group and/or contributing to the repository, please send an email to PRMESecretariat@unprme.org.

 

How to Join

Link 1

http://www.cbs.dk/forskning/konferencer/prme2009

Link 2

http://unprme.org/resource-docs/CopenhagenDeclarationFINAL.pdf

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