In December 2010, MMU Business School signed up to the Principles of Responsible Management Initiative (PRME) www.unprme.org. Founded by the UN and members of the international business community the mission of the PRME initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.
The PRME consists of six principles inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The initiative seeks 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.
Corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. The PRME are therefore a timely global call for business schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities. It acts as a guiding framework for any institution which is willing to integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability in a gradual but systemic manner.
Over the last four year the Business School has progressed the PRME agenda and issued its first Sharing Information on Progress Report in November 2012 and its second in November 2014. Highlights of the early years included moving into our award winning building and the introduction of ‘Responsible’ units in nearly all our undergraduate programmes.
More recently Jonathon Porritt formally launched SEEG and we have hosted the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities. We have also introduced a series of lectures which are presented to all our level 4 students across all our programmes introducing them to the PRME and topics including Stakeholder Engagement and the Triple Bottom Line. Further all our programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate, have been reviewed and now include ethics and sustainability learning objectives. Finally we are proud to be part of the UK’s Greenest University as ranked by People and Planet in 2013.
The Business School remains committed to producing Responsible Managers.