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A note from Dr. Mette Morsing, Head of PRME

(Video address from Dr. Morsing, Head of PRME, Lise Kingo, CEO UN Global Compact, Danica Purg, Acting Chair of the PRME Steering Committee, and Paul Polman, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact)

To the PRME Community,

I am truly delighted and very honored to have been trusted to lead the United Nations’ largest global movement for responsible management education as the Head of PRME. 

Over the past eighteen years, I have worked as a professor and executive director for research centers focusing on responsible management and sustainability in management schools in Europe. I have been on committees, councils and boards with the purpose of advancing responsible management and sustainable development. I have been engaged with PRME since its establishment 2007, so this is indeed a big moment for me.

I cannot imagine a more challenging and yet more appropriate time than NOW to strengthen PRME’s vision and all the admirable work that is being done by the PRME community. Over the past few months, the world has witnessed a global crisis, with roots in the Covid19 pandemic. This has already dramatically challenged and changed the way we institutionalize higher education. So, NOW is a good time to re-imagine the purpose of higher education. 

Universities and management schools are some of the most important institutions in the world. They are the centerstage for Agenda 2030. They are the very pipeline for the SDGs. Every year we teach and graduate thousands of future decision-makers. The methods, the frameworks, the models, and the mindset we bring into the classroom significantly influence the way the students come to think of the world and how they will choose to make important decisions which will decide what kind of future we will have. So, there is a new moment for Deans. Professors, educators to redefine responsible management as we want it to be. So that we can create a sustainable society, a sustainable planet.

The UN Secretary General has called for a Decade of Action. 

In my new capacity as the Head of PRME, my ambition is to strengthen and grow PRME as a global movement for thought leadership by: 

  1. focusing on how PRME can improve our impact via our programs and initiatives 
  2. strengthening our action in close collaboration with UN Global Compact
  3. developing partnerships across higher education institutions 

To do all of this, PRME needs a robust organizational infrastructure. And this is one of my first priorities. 

I am aware that PRME has been challenged by a leadership vacuum over the past couple of years. And I am very aware that I am stepping into a challenging task in a challenging time. My personal and professional experience have taught me a lot about the beauty of diversity, dialogue, managing expectations and navigating disagreements with the purpose of collective learning, moving ahead together and improving as a community.

I look very much forward to meeting all of you and working closely with you to grow and develop the PRME initiative together into the future. Thank you.


Mette Morsing

Head of PRME




To see Dr. Morsing speak to the PRME community, and hear the warm welcomes of Lise Kingo, CEO UN Global Compact, Danica Purg, Acting Chair of the PRME Steering Committee, and Paul Polman, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact, see here.

04 May 2020

COVID-19 Response

Monday, March 16th, 2020 - New York, NY

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now labeled the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus, a pandemic. This announcement calls all actors, from civil society to businesses, to take precautions and respond accordingly in order to limit the spread of the novel virus. 

The PRME Secretariat team in New York will continue to work diligently in supporting academia and all partners to the best of our abilities, especially in as uncertain a time as this.

We encourage all signatories and the wider PRME community to heed the advice of local authorities and take the necessary precautions in order to limit the contagion and protect both our healthcare systems and most vulnerable populations from being encumbered.

For more information on the response of PRME Secretariat and the UN Global Compact, see the UN Global Compact's Special Appeal by clicking here.


Global Forum Update: 

The UN Global Compact and PRME are coordinating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe PRME Global Forum in June. As a result, we are proceeding with plans for the 2020 PRME Global Forum on 17-18 June, with the health and safety of attendees and staff as our priority. Information and practices are changing during this rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to follow national and UN guidelines.


16 Mar 2020

PRME Secretariat Launches 4th Champions Programme

Monday, January 27th, 2020 - 2020-2021 PRME Champions Selected

The 2020-2021 PRME Champions Cycle was officially launched last week during the third iteration of the PRME and Corporate Knights “Deans Dialogue” at Davos. The PRME Champions group embodies thought and action leadership in the PRME community and is responsible for collaborative work and active engagement in the responsible management education space, with the underlying mission of realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Champions are selected based on a track record of sustainability implementation, commitment to PRME, as well as their leadership through Working Groups, Chapters, Regional Meetings and various other venues of engagement. This year, many former PRME Champion institutions have recommitted themselves to the scope of programme while a number of new Champions have joined the 2020-2021 programme (in bold below).

Guided by the collective work and output from previous Champion cycles and in line with the Champions Mission, the focus of this cycle will be on thought and action leadership, knowledge sharing and peer-learning with the aim of future-proofing participating institutions and demonstrating the impact of their sustainability efforts. 

In this flagship PRME programme, faculty members, students and industry leaders will be provided with a safe space for innovative collaborations and a ‘living lab’ for ambitious new ideas for developing the next generation of sustainability-driven business schools and management-related higher education institutions in support of the SDGs.


Here is the list of the new PRME Champions for the 2020-2021 Cycle:

Audencia Business School

Copenhagen Business School

Deakin University

EGADE Business School

Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business

George Mason University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Gordon Institute of Business Science

Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law

Hanken School of Economics

IEDC - Bled School of Management

IESEG School of Management

INCAE Business School

Institute of Business Studies-Moscow, RANEPA

IPM Business School

ISAE Brazilian Business School

Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Kristianstad University

La Trobe Business School

Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Newcastle Business School

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham University Business School

Nova School of Business and Economics

Queen's Management School

Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University

Seattle Pacific University

Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University

Stockholm School of Economics

T A PAI Management Institute

Universidad Externado de Colombia School of Management

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

University of Dubai

University of Winchester

ZHAW School of Management and Law


For more on the PRME Champions programme, please visit the PRME Champions page.

The mission of the PRME Champions group is to contribute to thought and action leadership on responsible management education in the context of the United Nations sustainable development agenda.

In so doing, PRME Champions commit to:

  • Work collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.

  • Serve the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD, and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.

Contribute to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.



27 Jan 2020

Third Deans Dialogue at Davos Launches New PRME Champions Cycle and Positive Impact Rating

Sunday, January 22nd, 2020 - Davos, Switzerland

The event was facilitated by Julia Christensen Hughes, former Dean of the Lang School of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, which is also a PRME Champion school.

For the third year in a row, PRME co-hosted the “Deans Dialogue” at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos together with Corporate Knights and Positive Impact Rating. The main outcomes of the luncheon, attended by more than fifteen PRME Deans, ten of whom represented PRME Champion schools, were the launch of the first Positive Impact Rating (PIR) report and the PRME Champions programme for the 2020-2021 cycle.

The first edition of the PIR was presented by Clementine Robert, President, oikos International and Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, St Gallen University. The PIR is powered by students and their voice was loud and clear, encouraging business schools to shift from a mindset of “being the best in the world, to being the best for the world.” This ethos is echoed by the UN Global Compact and its 20 year Anniversary slogan “Uniting business for a better world.” As a sign of recognition, 90% of the 30 highest rated schools on the Positive Impact Rating were in fact engaged signatories of the PRME initiative.

The PIR launch was followed by a panel debate with Andrew Jack, Financial Times Global Education Editor, Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights, and Katrin Muff, Founder of the Positive Impact Rating, which provided ample food for thought and challenged the status quo of business schools rankings. Thereafter, a thought leader discussion with all participants outlined key areas for further transformation in higher education rankings, a follow-up on last year’s discussion in Davos surrounding rankings and areas for development in the sector.

In addition to the PRME Deans, invitees included senior members of the business school ranking community, student representatives from PRME schools and student organizations, participants of the UN Global Compact, and other stakeholders.

Read the full summary report here: Deans Multi-stakeholder Dialogue at Davos: The Future of Business Schools Rankings & Ratings Davos 2020 written by Julia Christensen Hughes

Living our values in the Decade of Action and Delivery: Partnership and Dialogue are the Fifth and Sixth Principles of PRME, pillars of the initiative that are highlighted at multi-stakeholder forums like the Deans Dialogue at Davos. These forums also reflect PRME and the UN Global Compact’s commitment to furthering SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals.



22 Jan 2020

6th PRME CEE Workshop and Annual Meeting in Budapest - 30-31th May, 2019

19 professionals from 11 different business schools joined efforts at Corvinus Business School in Budapest for a two-day workshop to promote ecological and social sustainability in higher education. The Central and Eastern European Chapter of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) shared best practices, learned about the Corvinus Science Shop and elaborated on potential future projects. This was made possible due to the cooperation of Prague University of Economics (VSE), University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Business, Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Bled School of Management, CEEMAN, Cracow University of Economics, Lviv Business School, University of Zagreb and Budapest Business School (BGE). Thank you to all that participated and made this possible.

Highlights from the workshop included the following:

CBS Dean Prof. Zita Zoltay Paprika greeted the participants.

After a short introduction of old and new PRME CEE members, a PRME CEE good practices sharing session followed.

As a basis for future research, a World Café format session presented the opportunity to offer insights to some related research fields by the participants - by Zsuzsanna Géring (BGE, Budapest) - Mission(s) of Hungarian HEIs – identified social roles in mission statements; Dušan Kučera (VSE, Prague) - Ethical challenges of Artificial Intelligence; György Pataki (CUB, Budapest) – Social Innovation; Judita Peterlin (SEB LU, Ljubljana) – Personal Sustainability in the Academic Sphere; Olga Veligurska (CEEMAN, Bled) – Reinvention for Sustainability  

An Education, Research and Outreach Synergies Workshop aimed at the exploration of further potential for cooperation based on good practices

Through the case of the Corvinus Science Shop, the participants learned about community engaged research & learning: how community engagement fertilizes project courses at Corvinus. This session included a district field tour and meeting four civil partners.  During the conference the Annual Steering Committee Meeting was also held. Beyond organizational matters, the members

decided about future efforts to attract more participants from the CEE region,

accepted Mikolaj Pindelski’s (SGH Warsaw School of Economics) offer to host the PRME CEE Annual Workshop in 2020 and

discussed the opportunity to also include a PRME CEE Chapter Meeting in the programme of the Annual CEEMAN Conference to be held in September 2019.

Furthermore, participants discussed several future joint projects (including handbooks on best practices from the region, social innovation, cooperation in the research of the ethical aspects of AI and organizing common sustainability events.)

For further information on the CEE Chapter's activities, click HERE.

27 Jun 2019

Successful 3rd PRME Chapter France Benelux takes place at AMSIB

1 February, 2019 | Amsterdam – The 3rd PRME Chapter France Benelux, organized by Amsterdam School of International Business and TIAS School for Business and Society took place on 31 January-1 February at the ASIB campus in Amsterdam. The event brought together over 90 participants from academia, business, NGOs and government, including 37 universities and institutions from the France Benelux countries, 28 PRME members and 9 non-members to discuss further developments for the Chapter to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

A warm and enthusiastic welcome was made by Kees Koedijk, Dean of TIAS School of Business and Society, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, representatives of of AMSIB and Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager PRME Secretariat. Distinguished speakers included the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Jan-Willem Scheijgrond, President of the Global Compact Network Netherlands, business representatives from Interface, Philips, DSM and Samsung, and academic representatives.

Interactive multi-stakeholder panels followed by productive roundtables to present and discuss potential activities for the Chapter, as well as to define key performance indicators and governance arrangements.

The PRME Chapter France Benelux, launched in 2017, has created with the vision to “transform the mindset of business and society, in the region, by making ethics, sustainability, and responsible management education the norm” and to advance its mission to “embrace, engage and achieve our vision in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders, and through a proactive co-creation of solutions by steering an agenda for impact and by going above and beyond the achievement of the SDGs through developing joint research and educational projects.” They also made explicit the following important values passion, respect, inclusiveness, motivational and entrepreneurial which guide their work and interactions.

As Florencia Librizzi pointed out during her remarks, the PRME Secretariat is “very pleased to have witnessed the creation of the PRME Chapter France Benelux and the significant progress made by now. It is very encouraging the work that has been accomplished, which includes the development of a vision and a mission for the Chapter; setting a roadmap and a common agenda; as well as posing important questions around governance  and key performance indicators. I believe these are crucial steps to solidify a foundation that will allow you to build worthwhile achievements together”. We congratulate the PRME Chapter France Benelux for this successful event and encourage its community to take further steps to build this vibrant network on support to the SDGs.

01 Feb 2019

Business School Rankings for the 21st Century Report Launches Today

Davos, Switzerland – A new report on business school rankings is being simultaneously launched in Davos and Shanghai, with business school deans to discuss the report in Davos on January 23 during a Luncheon organized by PRME and Corporate Knights. The report, published under the aegis of the UN Global Compact and with the support of Aviva Investors gives an overview of the current state of the business school rankings and suggests possible changes to help align business school education with the needs of the 21st century.

Business school rankings are produced by organisations such as the Financial Times, the Economist, US News, Business Week, and Forbes. These rankings strongly influence business schools, which in turn influence their students: the next generation of decision-makers. However, these rankings have been critiqued for overemphasising graduate salaries, penalising business schools who educate graduates who work for non-profits, and not properly taking into account sustainability, ethics, or teaching quality.

The report, Business School Rankings for the 21st Century, suggests 20 actions to improve evaluation and ranking and encourage “a race to the top” in business education. Possible actions include:

  • Eliminate entirely, or reduce the weight of, the salary differential measure
  • Incorporate criteria that measure environmental, social, and/or SDG-linked factors within core curricula, research output, hiring, and special research clusters
  • Award credit to schools that train students who work for low-paying but societally valuable organisations after graduation

The report draws on consultations with business schools, progressive businesses, rankings publications, accreditation agencies, and relevant civil society organisations. Contributors include AABS (African Association of Business Schools); ABIS (the Academy of Business in Society); AMBA (Association of MBAs); Aon; the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism; CSER (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge); EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development); GMAC (Graduate Management Admissions Council); GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative); Oikos International; and the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education).

**Quotations from authors and contributors below


For more information and interviews with the authors, contact:

Dr Ellen Quigley, University of Cambridge (report co-author)


David Pitt-Watson, Cambridge Judge Business School (report co-author)


Mobile: +44 7715 167 097 

David Pitt-Watson (co-author): “There is an old management adage that 'you get what you measure'. Business schools’ performance needs to be measured. But there is a real concern that the current measures we use need to be rethought if our schools are to truly develop future leaders. This report aims to catalyse and support that process.”

Dr Ellen Quigley (co-author): “In this century, graduates of business schools will oversee fundamental societal changes, including the rapid decarbonisation of the economy. Our hope is that business schools will step into their role as the educators of leaders equipped to address climate change, inequality, poverty, and the other UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact: “Significant progress has been made towards integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into business and management education. But to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, we need an even more rapid transformation in our institutions so that the business leaders of tomorrow are equipped with the skills and values needed to mainstream corporate sustainability.”

Dr Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors: Business schools are failing society if they don’t teach their students about the importance of sustainability and they fail the businesses these students will lead in the future: we’ve commissioned this report on business school rankings because we want to see race to the top on sustainability issues in academia.

Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact (consultation co-convener): “I’m very pleased to have witnessed the development and launch of the ‘Business School Rankings for the 21st century’ report. This is a very encouraging step in the discussions on how rankings can be better fit for the 21st century and therefore, promote business schools to ‘race to the top’, forming leaders with the mindset, skills and knowledge to build an inclusive and sustainable world.”   

Sangeet Chowfla, GMAT: “This well-reasoned report serves as a call-to-arms among thought leaders in the global management education community to think about how we formulate business school rankings, with a keen eye on how they impact candidates thinking about pursuing an advanced business degree,” said Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO of GMAC, a global association of business schools.  “Business education will greatly benefit from increased dialogue between business schools and ranking agencies with an objective to provide clearer, more actionable, information, resulting in better school selection decisions by candidates and more diverse classrooms in schools.”

John North, Executive Director of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (consultation co-convener): "This report represents a significant milestone for key actors, initiatives and networks across the management education ecosystem as we set out to jointly explore a new frontier for business school rankings. Measures of progress that are more attuned to what the world really needs, and which the urgency of our times demands, will not come about if we follow the same formulas, measures and engagement models that brought us here."

Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD: "We were pleased to participate, together with other stakeholders, in this very timely discussion on the importance of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in the business education rankings, and we hope that this report will foster continued cooperation among key actors across the management development and education ecosystem. EFMD is a strong advocate of the social and environmental imperatives that must accompany business practices. Responsible management is one of the underpinning criteria in the EFMD quality improvement systems and we believe it should be embedded in business school policies and operations, teaching and research."

Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times: “Rankings are very important to the FT as part of our editorial commitment to business school students and faculty. We welcome debate around their calculation, have already modified ours to include factors such as social responsibility, and are  open to new ideas on ways to improve them further. This report is a good step in that direction.”

Hanane EL Kouari – Executive Director of AABS: “Nelson Mandela said « Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ». At AABS we believe that Africa must become a major actor of this change through promoting excellence which should be inclusive, impactful and relevant to our African context, hence our support for this brilliant report. We look forward to engaging in further discussion on improving business school education in service of the greater good.”

Frank Blasio, Director of Thought Leadership, Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism: “Business schools shape the leaders of tomorrow but are often judged on incomplete criteria. This report clearly illustrates the need to modernize business school rankings to account for the realities of the 21st century.”

Will Dawes, Research and Insight Manager, AMBA: AMBA is delighted to work with the other notable contributors from the Business School sector on this valuable review of Business School rankings.  This report provides suggestions as to why today’s rankings criteria are not always fit for measuring the real contributions a Business School programme offers its students. The challenge remains how to offer a more appropriate rankings criteria and this study provides some helpful potential solutions. Some of this could be achieved in re-balancing the weight given to future salaries, which can often be a function of external factors rather than the quality of MBA delivery and the impact its graduates are able to make on business management.

Clémentine Robert, oikos International President 2019-2020: “Accreditation and ranking systems should highlight higher education institutions which equip students to face 21st century challenges. Those are mostly linked to sustainability and climate change in a global context.”




23 Jan 2019

In Davos, Corporate Knights and PRME host a high level luncheon to discuss sustainable rankings and finance

Davos, Switzerland – Today, PRME and Corporate Knights co-hosted a high-level luncheon, attended by Deans of leading business schools and corporate executives on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The luncheon focused on two key topics — business school rankings and the finance curriculum in business schools.

The discussion on rankings was informed by a report titled Business School Rankings for the 21st Century, published today under the aegis of the UN Global Compact and with the support of Aviva Investors. PRME was a contributor to the report. Drawing on consultations with business schools, progressive businesses, rankings publications, accreditation agencies, and relevant civil society organizations, the report gives an overview of the current state of the business school rankings and suggests possible changes to help align business school education with the needs of the 21st century.

The high-level luncheon provided a space for Deans of business schools and corporate executives to contribute further to the ongoing debate on integrating sustainability considerations into business school rankings.

“Significant progress has been made towards integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into business and management education,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “But to achieve the Global Goals by 2030, we need an even more rapid transformation in our institutions so that the business leaders of tomorrow are equipped with the skills and values needed to mainstream corporate sustainability.”

The discussion on integrating sustainability into the finance curriculum was informed by key remarks from both the supply perspective (e.g., business schools) and the demand perspective (e.g., corporates and the investor community). There was a clear understanding that business schools and businesses can and must work closely together to transform the finance curriculum and to educate future business leaders who understand that having a positive impact does not sacrifice financial returns.

23 Jan 2019

Results of 4th PRME Macquarie Business Student Survey

New York, 15 December 2018  – The results of the fourth PRME Macquarie business student survey are now out. This study, led by Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of Macquarie University in Australia, shows yet again how important responsible management is to business students around the world and their growing expectations of their business schools to follow suit. The study shows that business students, particularly females, hold self transcendence values, positive attitudes toward CSR and RME, and sustainable behaviour. It also show their commitment to CSR with their willingness to sacrifice salary to work for employers who are holistically responsible. For more information, the 2018 survey can be found here

15 Dec 2018

5th Responsible Management Education Conference hosted successfully in Cologne

16 November, 2018 | Cologne – The 5th Responsible Management Education (RME) Research Conference Leadership Development for Advancing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 8th International CSR Conference "Responsible Leadership in Times of Transformation", took place from 12-16 November at the Flora Botanic Garden in Cologne, Germany. The events brought together over 400 participants from academia, business, NGOs and government for the course of a week. The conferences addressed topics such as "Responsible Leadership", "Digitization and New Technologies", "Business Transformation", "Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship", "Corporate Governance" and "Responsible Finance" in panel discussions and interactive workshop sessions on 1500 sqm of exhibition space with six interaction rooms, eight action zones and 12 solution stations. Please see full agenda for both events here.

At the opening of the 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference, Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager PRME, welcomed participants and reflected: “The topic of this conference could not be any more appropriate at this time of history. In every corner of the world we see leadership struggles expressed in a diversity of manners. Every institution faces challenges posing important questions to all of us: Are we really forming our students to be leaders able to bring the change needed to advance the SDGs? Are we ourselves those responsible leaders? Are we teaching by example in our institutions? We are here today, because we believe that effective, inclusive and responsible leadership is crucial to advance the SDG agenda without leaving anyone behind; and furthermore, we are convinced that responsible management education is the vehicle that can prepare leaders to tackle the complex challenges of this century to create the sustainable, inclusive and just world that we want.”

At the opening of the 8th International CSR Conference, Prof Dr René Schmidpeter welcomed guests with a passionate message: "Sustainability is more than just a slogan - it is our demand on politics and society to shape our future in the best possible way in the context of global challenges. We look forward to working with you to promote the sustainability debate worldwide and to challenging our current economic system".

On 12 November, PRME Chapter DACH conducted its Steering Committee meeting to discuss their contribution to the SDGs as well as governance matters. Key outcomes of the Chapter meeting included the appointment of Prof Dr Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of the Cologne Business School as PRME Chapter DACH spokewoman, who wish to support the PRME Chapter DACH and work closer with the UN Global Compact and PRME initiatives going forward. The PRME Secretariat thanks Lutz Schlange for this leadership and work in driving the process of creation and establishment of the PRME Chapter DACH, as well as serving as Chapter speaker since 2014. The 2019 RME Research Conference will take place at Jönköping University, College of Business.

The PRME Secretariat thanks the PRME Chapter DACH, PRME Working Groups and the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at the Cologne Business School (CBS) for organizing and hosting this wonderful week in Cologne.


16 Nov 2018

Professors Invited to Offer AIM2Flourish for SDGs Experiential Learning

There’s still time to offer the flexible, experiential AIM2Flourish assignment for the SDGs to your students this semester!

To get involved, contact AIM2Flourish Director Claire Sommer at or fill out this 1-minute form: AIM2Flourish Professor Interest Form

About AIM2Flourish: Since AIM2Flourish’s June 2015 launch at the PRME Global Forum, business students worldwide have published over 1,450 stories, making the world’s largest resource for student-written, SDGs-achieving, positive business innovation stories. 

How it Works: Working solo or with up to three teammates, students interview a local business leader about a positive business innovation, using the SDGs as a lens, and then publish a mini-case study on The AIM2Flourish team provides you with all the training, support, and resources you need to be successful, at no cost. 

Benefits for You: Students tell us that writing an AIM2Flourish story about a business innovation is transformational—it changes how they think about business' potential for good, and how they see their own potential to be positive social innovators. As a PRME Signatory school, offering AIM2Flourish is another way for your students to learn about the SDGs as a core competency for global citizenship and responsible business leadership. 

Benefits for Business Leaders in Your Community: The business leaders who are interviewed tell us that they see their accomplishments in a new light, feel recommitted to business practices that do good, and appreciate meeting rising talent. 

Benefits for Your Students: 
Career-Expanding Experience
Your students will meet and write about an inspiring business leader, opening the door for internship and job possibilities, while learning about profitable innovations that also have a positive impact for the SDGs. 

Publishing & Recognition Opportunities
Students’ published stories are LinkedIn-ready accomplishments to showcase their understanding of positive and profitable business innovations and the SDGs. The AIM2Flourish team shares these stories on social media for greater impact. All AIM2Flourish stories published in 2018 are eligible for 2019 Flourish Prizes recognition

AIM2Flourish is proud to collaborate with the PRME Secretariat and PRME Signatory Schools around the world, and to be a partner for PRME’s student engagement platform. 

AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University.

11 Oct 2018

The PRME Chapter LAC discusses transforming ethics in action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals at the 7th PRME Regional Meeting LAC

20 September, 2018 | Lima – The 7th PRME Regional Meeting Latin America and the Caribbean “Transforming Ethics in Action” took place on 18-20 September at Faculty of Economics and Business, Universidad de Lima. The event brought together more than 160 participants including professors and administrators; entrepreneurs; business and NGOs representatives; students and youth.

Opening remarks by Oscar Quezada Machiavello, Rector of Universidad de Lima; Javier Cortes, Head Local Networks Americas, UN Global Compact; Florencia Librizzi Senior Manager, PRME, UN Global Compact; Norman de Paula Arruda Filho, President, PRME Chapter LAC; and Patricia Stuart, Dean Faculty of Economics and Business, Universidad de Lima, set the tone to a productive yet reflective conference. From different angles and approaches the speakers raised the importance of embedding ethics into research, teaching and organizational practices through the PRME framework to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The robust agenda, with regional and international speakers, discussed challenges and opportunities around ethics and the SDGs including artificial intelligence in education; integrity in academia; gender equality, diversity & inclusion; university social responsibility; among many relevant topics. Please find here the full programme.  

On 20 September, the PRME Chapter LAC conducted its annual workshop to discuss their contribution to the SDGs as well as governance matters. Key outcomes of the Chapter work were presented including officially launching the “Indicators for University Social Responsibility”. This guide, that aims to assess schools’ progress in the area of university social responsibility, was a result of collective work of the Chapter, led by Gustavo Yepes, Externado University in collaboration with 40 academic institutions in the region. It was also announced that the 2019 PRME Regional Meeting LAC will take place at College of Business and Management - CETYS University, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

For more information about the PRME Chapter LAC please contact the PRME Chapter LAC co-Chairs Patricia Stuart at and Norman Arruda Filho at

For overall PRME Chapter inquiries, please contact Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager PRME at

20 Sep 2018

PRME Co-Convenes Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HES) Event at UN Headquarters

24 July 2018 | New York, USA - On 11 July, the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) convened its second full day global event on the occasion of the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York. At the event, a number of PRME signatories showcased how the SDGs are being integrated into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices.

In focus was the need for more student engagement towards realizing the SDGs, as well as the need for leveraging more innovative partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations.

The Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) with more focus on the SDGs was prominently featured, while the first annual SDG Accord report was presented at the HESI event.

24 Jul 2018

Outcomes of the Educating for Sustainable Development Workshop

23 July 2018 | New York, USA - The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set ambitious plans for what the world must achieve by 2030, but do not set out how they will be met. Understanding a company’s environmental, social and governance practice is the first necessary step in the ultimate goal of tracking achievement towards the SDGs. Students have an important role to play in monitoring and mapping the efforts of corporates in implementing the SDGs.

The Educating for Sustainable Development event was organized to showcase innovative programs engaging students in assessing business contributions toward the SDGs. Speakers included Jonas Haertle (PRME), Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal an Associate Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Philipp Hirche, Founder and Chairman of WikiRate, and Claire Sommer, Director at AIM2Flourish for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

The speakers shared a range of classroom engagements and student driven projects along with academic research and assessment important to map the successful implementation of the SDGs.

One of the most stark facts shared was the commitment of millennials to the SDGs and their willingness to sacrifice salary to work for those corporates who are committed to making a positive difference in the world.

For more information about this event, please contact Shamsa Rana (

23 Jul 2018

Outcomes of the 5th Annual Conference of PRME Chapter UK & Ireland

The PRME Chapter UK & Ireland's 5th Annual Conference at Queen Mary University of London attracted over 60 participants from signatories in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland along with guests from France and Malaysia. Delegates left the Conference with a renewed commitment to the PRME initiative, having been inspired by three days of knowledge sharing, networking, and inspiration from fellow delegates and guest speakers. Highlights of the Conference included:

  • A pre-conference session on “Global Engagement Opportunities for PRME Signatories and UKI Chapter Members," co-chaired by Alec Wersun and Alex Hope, Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the Chapter. Delegates were encouraged to take advantage of opportunities offered by PRME Working Groups and Engagement Platforms to collaborate with PRME signatories around the world.
  • A Keynote Panel setting the scene for the conference entitled: “Inclusive Responsible Management Education in an Era of Precarity”. This opening session was Chaired by Frances Bowen, Dean of Queen Mary, where she was joined by Ian Parkes, Chief Executive, East London Business Association (ELBA), and Payal Vasudeva, Managing Director, Talent and Organisation Lead, and Human Capital & Diversity Executive Sponsor, Accenture UKI
  • A Keynote Presentation from John Elkington, Chairman and Chief Pollinator of Volans, renowned for establishing the “Triple Bottom Line Concept”, the 25th anniversary of which falls in 2019. John presented his ideas on “Breakthrough Innovation” required to achieve the SDGs, and provoked lively discussion about the next 15 years, which he described as being “the most exciting and challenging”. He challenged Business Schools to rethink approaches to management education as there is a danger of educating in a paradigm that is no longer relevant.
  • A Keynote Presentation from BBC Sustainability Advisor, Jeremy Mathieu, on “Creating a Zero Carbon TV Industry”. Jeremy argued that film and TV have a huge “brain print” given its audiences, and thus huge potential to catalyse positive change. Jeremy presented the case of the BAFTA ‘Albert’ initiative, which aims to transform sustainability practices in the sector through a process of carbon literacy training, company certification, and programme accreditation. To date, the Albert initiative has certified 450 companies in the UK sector, trained 2000 people in the industry, and achieved 4000 ‘footprints’ that carry the Albert logo.

In addition to the above, delegates were treated to 25 papers and workshops over two days, including an introduction to global student-engagement initiatives supported by PRME: The Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest); The Wikirate platform; and Aim2Flourish.

The Chapter also held its Annual General Meeting during the Conference, where Chapter Officers summarised the successes of the past year* and plans for the year ahead. Now in its fifth year of existence, the UK & Ireland Chapter has over 70 members and is in good financial health. In addition to the Annual Conference, the Steering Committee supported its members over the last year by organising:

  1. Two faculty development workshops on educating for responsible management;
  2. A workshop to support PhDs and early career researchers with a PRME-SDG focus;
  3. A PRME writing competition to promote student assignments on PRME and SDG-related topics

For the coming year, plans were announced to:

  • Develop further the PRME UKI Chapter writing competition to include doctoral research;
  • Launch our first UK and Ireland PRME-SDG Collaborative Research Funding Competition;
  • Support the growth of more PRME regional events throughout the UK and Ireland;
  • Undertake a review of the Chapter’s Constitution to increase member involvement.

*To receive a copy of the UK & Ireland Chapter’s Annual Review, please contact UKI PRME Regional Chapter Chair Dr Alec Wersun at .

16 Jul 2018

PRME Chapter Italy launched at the first Official PRME Meeting in the country

30 May 2018 | Rome – Representatives from the Global Compact Network Italy and the PRME signatories in Italy, gathered at LUISS Business School, LUISS University at a very interactive workshop which resulted in the launch the PRME Chapter Italy.

Opening remarks by Prof. Mathias Falkenstein, LUISS Business School were followed by presentations by Florencia Librizzi, PRME Senior Manager, UN Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Italy representative Marco Frey, making the case for collaboration and partnership to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Following, PRME signatories shared good practices and discussed how to collaborate and engage through the Chapter. The meeting also counted with the presence of Prof. Wilfred Mijnhardt, member of the PRME Chapter France & Benelux and the Chairs of the PRME Working Group on Business and Human Rights Caroline Kaeb and David Scheffer, who shared their helpful experiences engaging in the PRME community through Chapters and Working Groups. 

The PRME Chapter Italy will focus upon furthering sustainability and responsible management education within the Italian educational sector through collaborative initiatives and sharing best practices. Collaboration in the Chapter will allow the participating business schools and management-related higher education institutions to jointly respond to the country challenges regarding sustainable development. By engaging with broader stakeholders, such as associations, government and media, assessing their own sustainability and responsible management education efforts and by sharing and developing common resources for teaching, research and outreach, the schools will be better able to drive change and create social impact.

Ultimately, the Chapter seeks to grow its impact by developing the responsible management education in Italy and by enlarging the PRME network through new signatory schools. Therefore, the chapter plans to reach out to the Italian business and management schools to join the initiative!

Marco Frey, Chairman of the Global Compact Network Italy said “as Italian focal point of the UN Global Compact we are glad to support the launch of the PRME Chapter Italy and to concretely collaborate to close the gap between academia and business”.

He also added “this represents  an important momentum to strengthen the central role of Italian universities and business schools in creating the economic leaders of tomorrow, with the proper skills, values and mindset to enact a sustainable economic model, able to integrate the UN Global Compact principles and the PRME in the strategic framework of the Agenda 2030”.

Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager PRME, UN Global Compact said “it is encouraging to see the establishment of the PRME Chapter Italy which will foster further collaboration and collective action supporting responsible management education and helping advance the SDGs in the Italian context.” 

She also added “I’d like to thank the Global Compact Network Italy for their support, LUISS Business School for hosting this event and the PRME signatories for their commitment.

The PRME Chapter Italy is planning to meeting again this coming December at Bologna Business School, Università di Bologna.

The Chapter, launched with the presence of the institutions listed below, welcomes higher education institutions in the country to join PRME and the Chapter.

Participating schools and universities:

  • ALTIS Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Ca' Foscari University
  • LUISS Business School, LUISS University
  • Politecnico di Milano, MIP
  • Scuola Superiore S. Anna
  • SDA Bocconi School of Management
  • Università di Bologna

For more information about the PRME Chapter Italy, please contact Mathias Falkenstein, PRME Chapter Italy Chair at 

For overall PRME Chapter inquiries, please contact Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager PRME at

06 Jun 2018

June Recognition

We are pleased to highlight contributing PRME participants for the month of April. We welcome new signatories to the PRME initiative (4), congratulate signatories for submitting their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports (23), and express our collective thanks to all participants that contributed financially (26) to the PRME initiative over the last month.

New Signatories

Horizon Business School, Nigeria

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Peru

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

IAE Montpellier School of Management, Montpellier University, France

New SIPs

Department of Business Administration and Work Science - Kristianstad University, Sweden

John Molson School of Business, Canada

School of Management, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom

Sobey School of Business, Canada

Sustainability Management School, Switzerland

KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business, Belgium

Smith School of Business, Canada

Onitsha Business School, Nigeria

CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School, Peru

ESITH, Morocco

Universidad del Rosario, Colombia

Murdoch University School of Management and Governance, Australia

Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra, Mexico

Graham School of Management, United States

UniSA Business School, Australia

Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

CEMS, France

HEM (Institute of Higher Education of Management), Morocco

ALTIS Postgraduate School Business & Society, Italy

Aalto University, School of Business, Finland

Universidad del Cono Sur de las Americas, Paraguay

Zurich Institute of Business Education, Switzerland

iaelyon School of Management, France

New Payments

Department of Business Administration and Work Science - Kristianstad University, Sweden

John Molson School of Business, Canada

School of Management, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom

Sobey School of Business, Canada

Sustainability Management School, Switzerland

KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business, Belgium

Smith School of Business, Canada

Onitsha Business School, Nigeria

CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School, Peru

ESITH, Morocco

Universidad del Rosario, Colombia

Murdoch University School of Management and Governance, Australia

Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra, Mexico

Graham School of Management, United States

UniSA Business School, Australia

Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

CEMS, France

HEM (Institute of Higher Education of Management), Morocco

ALTIS Postgraduate School Business & Society, Italy

Aalto University, School of Business, Finland

Universidad del Cono Sur de las Americas, Paraguay

Zurich Institute of Business Education, Switzerland

iaelyon School of Management, France

Department of Business Administration and Work Science - Kristianstad University, Sweden

John Molson School of Business, Canada

School of Management, Royal Holloway, United Kingdom




05 Jun 2018

12 Schools Delisted from PRME for Failure to Submit a SIP Report

1 June 2018 | New York – Twelve higher education institutions were delisted from the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative of the UN Global Compact today for failure to submit the Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report within the deadline.

The PRME SIP Policy states that all signatories to PRME must submit a report at least once every two years detailing progress in relation to the Six Principles. Institutions that miss their deadline are listed as non-communicating. If a signatory is non-communicating for over a year, they are delisted from PRME.

The following institutions were delisted:

  • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa e Ensino - INAPE, Brazil
  • Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica Business School, Costa Rica
  • Deraya University, Egypt
  • Gujarat Technological University, State University, India
  • KCA University, Kenya
  • SMK  University of Applied Social Sciences, Lithuania
  • Putra Business School, Malaysia
  • Escola Universitaria de Turisme CETA, Spain
  • Department of Management, Yalova University, Turkey
  • Yasar University, Turkey
  • Presidio Graduate School, United States
  • University of Washington Bothell School of Business, United States

In addition to the delistings, the following institution voluntarily withdrew from PRME in April:

  • Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, United States

Signatories that are delisted from PRME are eligible to join again after submitting a new SIP report and a new application. For more information, please contact

01 Jun 2018

Updates to the Privacy Policy

25 May 2018 | New York – The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), a new data protection and privacy regulation for EU citizens, is effective as of today 25 May 2018. The UN Global Compact has developed an updated privacy and cookie policy in response to this new regulation. These policies apply to The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) as an initiative of the UN Global Compact. Please review our privacy policy here and our cookie policy here.

These updates aim to provide more transparency and clarity about the type of information that we collect and how it is used, as well as additional details on the rights of users based in the European Union.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at

25 May 2018

High Level Regional Forum celebrates association of United Nations initiatives

24 May 2018 | Curitiba, Brazil - On 17-18 May, the High Level Regional Forum: Achieving the SDGs in Latin America was held in Curtiba, Brazil. It was a joint event of the United Nations Global Compact and its sister initiatives, the Global Compact Cities Programme and the Principles for Responsible Executive Education (PRME), with the sponsorship of Copel and support from ISAE Business School, Government of Paraná, Paranacidade, State Council for Economic and Social Development, CELEPAR and Municipality of Curitiba. The idea of the event came after the 2017 PRME Global Forum in New York, where the Outcomes Declaration was launched, which was included as one of PRME's main strategic objectives for the coming years, integrating the sister initiatives of the United Nations.

Aligned with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, the event demonstrated good practices throughout Latin America in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in the integration between the public, private and academic sectors. More than 350 people were present at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum Auditorium.

The Meeting was attended by the Director of the Cities Program, Michael Nolan, the head of Global Compact for the Americas Javier Cortez, which reinforced the role of PRME as an integrator and producer of knowledge related to the 2030 Agenda and its relationship with the companies, and also Patricia Stuart, dean of the University of Lima and next chair of PRME LAC that presented good practices of her institution in relation to Sustainability. Kris Douma, director of the PRI, sent a video highlighting the importance of the initiatives and the work the institution has been doing.

The work developed by ISAE Business School in favor of citizens who are in a situation of refuge in Brazil was one of the highlights on the second day of the Forum.

"As long as we do not have an attitude and stay only in theory, we will not return the dignity for those who had to leave their country, their culture and their families, we need to create references, inspiring leaders - to be examples followed by other organizations - that is a generation factor of value," said the president of ISAE and PRME LAC chair, Norman Arruda Filho.

Norman described the Uaná Refugee Program, which offers the opportunity for these migrants to understand the Brazilian labor market, develop aspects of leadership and personal development, enterprising and how to develop an efficient curriculum.

The photos and presentations of the Meeting can be accessed at the official site:

For more information, please contact Gustavo Loiola (

24 May 2018

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