2011 1st PRME Latin America Regional Meeting


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Date:  6-7 December 2011

Venue: IAE Business School, Campus Pilar, Prov. of Buenos Aires, Argentina


The 1st PRME Latin America Regional Meeting, co-organised by IAE Business School, the PRME Secretariat, and the Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración (CLADEA), focused on establishing practices of responsible management education and the PRME initiative more firmly among universities and business schools in Latin America. The meeting was further supported by the Global Compact Network Argentina.

By bringing together faculty and deans from PRME participating schools in the region, the meeting provided a platform for collaboration and partnerships, the exchange of good practices and experiences in embedding PRME, and discussion of the institutional and operational capacities needed to advocate and promote PRME and the UN Global Compact.

The meeting was generously sponsored by Volkswagen.


  • Diverse Latin American perspectives on responsible management education
  • Business solutions to poverty reduction
  • Anti-Corruption teachings in business schools
  • Business solutions to environmental challenges/solutions


United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) - Business and Management Education for a New Era of Sustainability by Jonas Haertle

Keynote Address by Miguel Gutierrez, Founding Partner at The Rohatyn Group, Board Member ABERTIS, Board Member Telefónica Internacional S.A.

Panel 1 - Responsible Management Education in Latin America: Diverse Perspectives Chaired by Hsu O´Keefe, Pace University

Business schools in Latin America are becoming better represented in the expanding PRME initiative. Of the total of approximately 390 PRME signatories, 11% are from Latin America. It is encouraging to see growth in participation of Latin American business schools. This expanding participation offers the opportunity to establish a panel dialogue among signatories to address the diverse perspectives of responsible management education in the region.

The purpose of the panel discussion would be to compare and contrast the underlying reasons that PRME is being incorporated into exemplary programs of business schools in various countries across Latin America. These discussions will be focused on the diverse ways that the Principles are interpreted in the context of each nation’s cultural and historical heritage, as well as its political, socio-economic, regulatory, geographic environment. This introductory session is intended to provide the PRME context for  the thematic sessions that will follow.

Panel 2 - Poverty Reduction: A Challenge to Management Education Chaired by Paulo Motta, Rio PUC and Miguel Angel Gardetti, IESC

The PRMEs are a reaction to the expectations of the public in general as to the fact that the companies must contribute even further to solve the social problems. Poverty and inequality are two factors that have always hit Latin America. For the private sector, to succeed in those expectations, executives and managers must acquire new competencies by means of education and training.

This session intends to show the capacities that the members of a business organization need in order to surpass their commercial role and play a vital role in human development and, more exactly, to reduce poverty. So, business schools are challenged to incorporate subjects and pedagogies for this kind of education. 

Panel 3 - Anti-Corruption Teaching in Business Schools Chaired by Matthias Kleinhempel, IAE Business School, Universidad Austral

Classes on Anti-Corruption are increasingly important for Business School programs, especially their MBA programs. They find their way into the different programs and courses in a wide range of designs, integrated into courses for Corporate Governance or Ethics, CSR, Finance/Risk Management, as part of the regular curriculum or as stand-alone modules.

Purpose of the panel discussion would be to gain insight from different Business Schools into their teaching experience of this matter, the requirements of Companies and Business practices and the view of MBA students. The PRME Anti-Corruption working group's preliminary results shall be part of the discussion. The discussion should focus on the diverse ways Anti-Corruption issues are taught, and how Anti-Corruption teaching could/should be enhanced.

Who attended?

  • Constituents of academic institutions which are already or intend to become signatories to PRME in Latin America
  • Executives interested in corporate sustainability and corporate responsibility in Latin America
  • Regional and international economic and financial organizations
  • NGOs focusing on issues such as entrepreneurship, sustainable development, and transparent markets


For more information, please email Gabriel Cecchini gcecchini@iae.edu.ar or visit the event page. 
The 2nd PRME Latin America Regional Meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place at CENTRUM Católica in Lima, Peru on 13-15 June 2013. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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