PRME puts Accountable Business School Leadership on the Agenda at COP28
The Principles for Responsible Management Education will gather business school leaders, faculty, students, businesses and sustainable development organizations for a Responsible Management Education Week, on 12 - 16 June 2023, in New York (USA), to advance responsible management education and its impact worldwide. The 11th Edition of PRME Global Forum will be part of this week, taking place on 13 – 14 June 2023, hosted by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. While creating a place for the PRME community to gather, the event also invites partnering organizations to the stage to help live out the theme “Connecting for Impact Worldwide”. With multiple launches, surprises, and developments, PRME’s first in-person Global Forum since 2017 is sure to change the state of management education, with surrounding events to make up a full week of impact. The NBS Sustainability Centres Community and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative will complement the discussions, co-hosting a disruptive, dedicated day on systemic change for sustainability on 15 June 2023.
New York, 28 February 2023 – We are midway towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The nature of leading businesses is changing, from the exclusive focus on economic wealth generation, to encompass a more holistic purpose, with leaders expected to leverage businesses as a vehicle for solving the environmental and social challenges the world is facing. The global call for a redefinition of business success accentuates how educational institutions have a huge responsibility to prepare and train responsible and accountable leaders to rise to the global challenges in integrated and innovative ways.
With a dynamic program and inspirational world class speakers, the 2023 edition of PRME Global Forum will bring a global debate on how business education can help advance the sustainable development agenda worldwide. In addition to taking stock of PRME’s growth over the last year and highlighting the ongoing advances of the PRME community, the 2023 Global Forum will focus on impact across various session themes.
"Bringing the World into Business Schools" will mark the first day of the 2023 PRME Global Forum (13 June), inviting all participants to connect for pedagogical impact, centered on how currently pedagogies need to be adapted to equip effective leaders with the holistic, thoughtful, and dynamic view the world currently needs. The afternoon will be reserved to connect for climate impact, putting climate change - one of the biggest challenges of our time - at the center of the discussion, highlighting the importance of climate education, as part of management programs to reverse our climate’s current trajectory.
"Bringing business schools out into the world" will be at the center of the discussions of the second day of the 2023 PRME Global Forum (14 June), starting with connecting for digital impact, in a dialogue focused on how can business schools take advantage of the technological revolution to scale their impact at a global scale, while promoting digital fluency and innovative skills for digital leadership accessible to all. The day will close with an agenda focused on connecting for leadership impact, setting the tone for a more human-driven and accountable models of leadership the world is asking for, with the announcement of new commitments and strategies for current and future leaders.
On both days of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, several breakout sessions hosted by purpose-driven partners will also be taking place. The NBS Sustainability Centres Community and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative will gather global leaders of business school sustainability centres to discuss their role as agents of change, and exchange knowledge on addressing grand challenges. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, a leader and innovator in the ESG and Responsible Business space, will lead an interactive session on "Academy and Scholarly Research Contributing to Moving Forward Societal Impact". Cornell SJ Johnson College of Business will hold the workshop Evolving Management Education to Meet the Moment: Approaching Energy Transitions, Climate, ESG, Circularity, and Over-tourism, to understand how to help students effectively navigate the shifting terminology of the social and environmental issues that are challenging today’s business environment. This session will share the approach utilized at Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business across various residential, non-residential executive, and online educational programs, which emphasizes experiential learning and collaborative partnerships to prepare students and professionals to be effective managers who can respond to our most challenging social and environmental issues. The day will close with a reception at the UN Headquarters, open to all participants of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, partners and PRME community.
In anticipation of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, a PRME international community gathering will take place on 12 June, with several dedicated sessions about the PRME community’s work and advances. It will include not only strategic meetings and social moments, but also interactive sessions, such as the (i5) workshop, a disruptive learning program that brings novelty to SDG leadership education by focusing on pedagogical approaches that make sustainable development the norm for responsible management education and leadership in business education.
On 15 June, the NBS Sustainability Centres Community will join again the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative to host the next day of Responsible Management Education Week. It will be a full-day interactive workshop on how to drive system change for sustainability. Participants will discuss systems change projects, aiming to increase connection and collaboration across business schools and other stakeholders.
On 16 June, an event hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and supported by the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing, will gather high-level participants (by invitation only) for an exclusive conversation on the ESGs - Environmental, Social and Governance standards - in business school research and education. Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and The Center for Humanistic Management will co-host an impactful conversation during the morning of the same day on “Transforming Business Education at Fordham University”, bringing key stakeholders of the business education universe together including business organizations, academic institutions, as well as ranking and rating groups along with students, media and other partners.
Together, educational players hold the power to transform the management education landscape to develop and grow more locally and globally responsible managers. The 2023 Edition will be the first in-person forum since 2017, and its plenaries will also be broadcasted online to participants worldwide.
This year's forum welcomes the support of AACSB International, Cesim – Business Simulations, Cornell SJ Johnson College of Business, Gabelli School of Business - Fordham University, Hoffmann Institute for Business and Society (INSEAD), MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, Network for Business Sustainability, Plymouth Business School, United Nations Global Compact and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with more partners to be announced soon. All together in an action-oriented space to connect and build avenues for impactful collaboration worldwide.
UPCOMING NEWS ON AGENDA, SPEAKERS AND TICKETS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON AT https://www.unprme.org/global-forum
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world. Driven by its mission to transform management education, PRME equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. Working through Six Principles, PRME engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact. As a voluntary initiative with over 860 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and management-related higher education institutions.
About the United Nations Global Compact
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals. With more than 17,000 companies and 3800 non business participants based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.
About Network for Business Sustainability
The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) is a non-profit advancing sustainable development to build a fairer and more environmentally sound future. It aims to improve business practice by facilitating knowledge sharing across an international community of business leaders, scholars, students and policy makers. With these stakeholders, it co-creates high-quality content that enables practical action. NBS’s Sustainability Centres Community links 190+ business school research centres across 6 continents. Founded in 2008, NBS is housed at the Centre for Building Sustainable Value at the Ivey Business School (Western University, London, Canada).
More about NBS: Website
About MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative
The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative’ mission is to provide the best education, apply academic rigor to real world problems, and empower leaders everywhere to act, professionally and personally, so that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come. It does this through the joint efforts of MIT students, faculty, alumni, researchers, and partners in business, government, NGOs, and hybrid organizations.
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