Details for Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

Participant Status

PRME Champion

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

University of Pretoria


Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa


Sign Up Date to PRME

03 Nov 2009

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

22 Sep 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

GIBS PRME SIP Report 2018 - View Report

Period Covered: Jun 2016 to Sep 2018

2018 Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

. GIBS is an internationally accredited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub. As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve the competitive performance of individuals and organisations through business education. In May 2013, the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the tenth year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2013 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. Ranked in 70th position, GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.
International rankings and accreditation, such as the Association of MBAs (AMBA), The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) and membership of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) also ensure global recognition. GIBS is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA) and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). Entering our fourth year as a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) a sub-charter of the Global Compact, GIBS has participated actively in both UN Global Compact and PRME academic think tanks and global business school development initiatives.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Academic programmes incorporate corporate responsibility and sustainability into the research component as well as core taught modules.

GIBS follows a partnership model with companies - several company programmes have incorporated sustainability as a core theme and many action learning projects for these programmes are supervised under the sustainability banner. GIBS runs leadership and management education programmes for over 70 companies and so scope exists to increase the sustainability component.

As confirmation of our continued commitment to the PRME, the business school aims to ensure that our management education remains relevant to both the business community and society at large, and that we continue to build on our extensive business in society activities and thinking.

Key objectives and activities planned at GIBS in the near and long-term future include the following:
Ensuring the continued incorporation of sustainability content and teaching into all academic programmes including the PhD / DBA, MBA, PDBA, and certificate programmes;
As well as the teaching and incorporation of sustainability content into corporate programmes such as the global Executive Development Programme and the African Leadership Programme;
Continuing to engage with the business community and civil society on sustainability and GSR issues, in particular addressing those issues that would enable our students to be better citizens and managers in the diverse South African business-political landscape;
Extending the GIBS’ body of knowledge on GSR, with particular reference to case studies, research on GSR and journal articles; and
Advancing the internal sustainability strategy at GIBS through tactical, relevant and high-impact activities, including annual sustainability reporting, education and awareness campaigns, and community outreach programmes.

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