Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office.
The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values, such as the United Nations Global Compact's Ten Principles, and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.
This is Strathclyde Business School’s (SBS) third report since becoming a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). Strathclyde Business School continues to support and commit to the PRME principles.
Social responsibility and sustainability are issues of concern for business, industry, professional bodies and individuals. With increasing pressures and challenges around the world in areas such as energy, the environment, financial regulation, living conditions and inequality, universities have a duty to play their part in creating positive social impact.
All Strathclyde Business School programmes introduced in the last two years have been created with PRME in mind, while our existing portfolio, from undergraduate to postgraduate, is periodically reviewed to ensure we are addressing these important business issues.
We provide our students with the relevant knowledge and understanding of the decisions made in industry which could affect society at large. We work with public, private and third sector organisations to produce graduates with a responsible management education, and carry out research which leads to positive social impact.
Through producing socially-aware graduates and working with business and industry in a responsible way, we endeavour to make a positive impact beyond our campus and contribute to a better business world. To strengthen this, I am delighted to say that this year we have appointed Dr Andrea Coulson into the newly-created role of Strathclyde Business School Director, PRME, to underline our commitment to the PRME principles.
We intend to pursue specific objectives:
- to ensure the visibility of SBS’s commitment to PRME and the impact this is having within SBS, the University and our broader stakeholder community, including the establishment of a dedicated University web page for this purpose;
- to ensure our accountability to PRME is discharged through the collection and reporting of data across SBS on PRME; and
- to liaise with UN PRME representatives and fellow signatories at a global and local level on behalf of SBS, specifically encouraging participation across the Faculty in the PRME Working Groups.