PRME Champions

Outcomes from Pilot Phase

PRME Implementation Transformational Model

  • Presents a systematic approach for the implementation of PRME, taking into consideration the complexities and specificities of Higher Education Institutions.
  • Based on the active support and input by the PRME community, and draws on concrete examples from individual PRME schools.

Partnerships between Companies and Higher Education Institutions

  • Includes best practice guidance and inspiring examples of partnerships, categorized under a framework of five themes: Influencing, Training, Collaborating, Researching, and Consulting.

Faculty Development for Responsible Management Education

  • Presents the current status of PRME-related faculty development in PRME schools, highlighting good practices as well as challenges.
  • Proposes a Faculty Development Process Model aimed at helping educational institutions set up formal faculty development activities around PRME.

Learning in a Social Context

  • Identifies and analyses different learning in a social context experiences and models developed by PRME signatories.
  • Defines strategic guidelines for responsible management skills/competencies that are developed when learning is conducted in a social context.

Why Champions?

Since the inception of the UN-backed PRME initiative in 2007, there has been increased debate over how to adapt management education to train a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex demands faced by business and society in the 21st century. While the Six Principles provide a guiding framework, no one school has yet to successfully demonstrate broad scale implementation. The Rio Declaration of the 2012 PRME Global Forum included a call from the PRME community for the creation of a leadership group.

A Leadership Group

In 2013, PRME launched a two-year pilot group of experienced and engaged PRME signatories committed to working collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers to making broad scale implementation of sustainability principles a reality. In this 2016-2017 formal phase, as leaders in the space of responsible management education, PRME Champions will undertake advanced tasks and game changing projects that respond to systemic challenges faced by the PRME community, as well as to key issues identified by the United Nations and the UN Global Compact.

The 2016-2017 phase is co-facilitated together with the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI).


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.

Being a PRME Champion

Participation in the Champions group enables highly engaged PRME signatories to:

  • Be recognised as a thought and/or action leader in the responsible management community: Help to develop "game changing" projects and serve as a sounding board for PRME, Global Compact, and the UN on timely issues and projects.
  • Collaborate with leading HEIs and Global Compact companies on strategic projects: Initiate, engage in, or lead at least one collaborative and one individual PRME Champions project.
  • Be recognised as a PRME Ambassador: Engage and support local businesses and peer institutions, including by playing a visible role in PRME Chapters, at PRME Regional Meetings, and/or with Global Compact Local Networks.
  • Receive exclusive access to Global Compact meetings: Hear directly from and interact with companies and their representatives on priority sustainability-related issues.
  • Be eligible to serve on the PRME Advisory Committee: This permanent twenty-member governance body gives a stronger voice to the participant schools of PRME, with a basis for providing strategic advice to both the PRME Steering Committee and the PRME Secretariat. The Advisory Committee draws its members from the main constituencies of the PRME community, including two representatives elected from the PRME Champions group.
  • Receive preferred access for students, including internships and volunteer opportunities with the PRME Secretariat and Global Compact and student competitions co-organised by PRME and/or Global Compact.

Participants in 2016-2017

The majority of pilot phase institutions have continued in this first official cycle of PRME Champions (pilot phase list can be found here). Eight additional PRME signatories have joined the group (marked with *).

Region Country Organisation Name
Latin America Brazil ISAE/FGV
Colombia Externado University Management Faculty
Costa Rica INCAE Business School*
Mexico EGADE, Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership*
Peru CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
North America Canada University of Guelph College of Management and Economics
US Babson College
US Fordham University Schools of Business
US Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder*
US Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
US Seattle Pacific University*
Western Europe Denmark Copenhagen Business School
Finland Hanken School of Economics
France Audencia Nantes School of Management
Germany Cologne Business School*
Germany Pforzheim University
Ireland Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Switzerland HTW Chur University of Applied Sciences
UK Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School for Business & Society
UK Nottingham University Business School
UK Winchester Business School*
Central & Eastern Europe Slovenia IEDC-Bled School of Management
Middle East & Africa South Africa University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
UAE University of Dubai
Asia India IILM, Institute for Higher Education
India S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research*
Philippines Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
Australia & New Zealand Australia La Trobe Business School
Australia Monash Business School*

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