Details for Birmingham Business School

Participant Status


A Grace Letter has been submitted and a SIP report is expected by 21 Jun 2021.

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Institution is part of

University of Birmingham


Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

10 Feb 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

23 Mar 2019

Sharing Information on Progress (2019)

Working for a Responsible Future: Sharing Information On Progress Report - View Report

Period Covered: Jan 2017 to Jan 2019

This is the first SIP report on the UN Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education. The principles and network of the PRME signatories are strongly aligned with our vision to “Promote Curiosity and Thought Leadership for Responsible Business”. The report is divided into 6 sections: About the School, Education, Research, Campus, Partnership and Dialogue. One last section summarizes the work of the Business School per SDG.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The School’s approach to the teaching of ethics, responsibility and sustainability is to embed such learning into the discipline focused programmes we offer. Programme teams identify these issues as they arise in the taught modules. Teaching of ethics takes place both in specialist modules and as part of subject themed modules. Within the strategic learning objectives, there is « ethical citizenship » (our students should demonstrate awareness of ethics in academic study, research, practice and communication and develop awareness of indivual and collective citizenship) and « awareness of the role of individuals and business in society » (our students should demonstrate awareness and discipline specific understanding of the role of individuals and business in society).

Undergraduate (BSc) modules focusing on these issues include: Global Business Ethics, Business and Society, Sustainable Development: Economy and Environment, Environmental Economics, and Social and Environmental Accounting. There are 17 modules related to responsible business and ethics currently.

Postgraduate (MSc and MBA) modules focusing on these issues include: Ethics in Global Business, and Social and Environmental Accounting, Professional Integrity and the Reflective Practitioner. The School also runs a dedicated MSc programme on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.There are 20 modules related to responsible business and ethics currently.

Undergraduates and postgraduates are encouraged to bring issues of corporate responsibility and sustainability into their dissertation projects.

Many of the School’s PhD students are studying topics related to corporate responsibility and sustainability. There are currently 24 PhDs in responsible business, including on gender equality and biodiversity.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The School’s mission in relation to research is to deliver:
• Internationally recognised research focusing upon and providing responses to the key challenges around responsible business that face our economy and our society regionally and globally.
• An environment where both staff and students are able to thrive and achieve their best work.

The language we use to describe this overarching mission is responsible business. Our research objectives building on this mission are to:
• Build upon and develop areas of research strength in line with the responsible business vision;
• Further develop our culture of thought leadership through our internationally recognised Faculty, creating agenda setting and ground-breaking research in responsible business;
• Increase international research collaborations that provide the reach required to address global challenges and support the production of highly cited
research outputs; and
• Enhance research performance rating, as measured by the UK’s 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

There are currently 6 Research Centres that run around responsible business topics, 3 responsible business research clusters. 45% of academic staff currently write on responsible business topics.

Our strategic research priority is to build upon and develop areas of strength in line with the vision of the School around responsible business. We have three themes which articulate what responsible business entails:
1. responsible business in its many forms
2. engaging with the work inclusivity agenda and
3. understanding how to build resilient regional economies.
These themes were decided by the School’s Strategy and Management Committee in consultation with School staff.

Specific seed-corn fundings are offered for staff working on responsible business topics.

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