The Gerald Schwartz School of Business is a proud signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. Launched in 2007 as an offshoot of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), PRME membership commits the Schwartz School to six principles that align our purpose with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and which are realized through our curriculum, pedagogy, research and knowledge dissemination activities. PRME implementation boils down to embedding the values of corporate sustainability and responsibility into the daily activities of the Schwartz School of Business using a coherent and integrated framework. Our membership also holds us accountable for realizing our stated objective to “ensure our program offerings make explicit the centrality of social responsibility and community leadership” found in the Schwartz Strategic Plan.
Academic institutions that join PRME recognize the connection between the educational experiences that future business leaders receive and their subsequent enactment of sustainable business practices. We understand that the discourse of social responsibility informs business activities, that the concepts of shared value, ‘triple-bottom-line’, sustainability, social innovation and beyond are the current concerns of business leaders, and that employers will be looking for graduates that are conversant with these concepts.
PRME implementation within the Schwartz School will be led by a PRME Steering Committee following the eight-step transformational model of PRME implementation. Bi-annual Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports will be prepared and shared amongst the PRME network. PRME also allows us to participate in regional knowledge-sharing events along with access to other tools and resources including student internships.