Principles for Responsible Management Education Sharing Information on Progress Report

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.

As a voluntary initiative with over 650 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and management-related higher education institutions.

Working through Six Principles, PRME engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

As a signatory to the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education, the Haworth College of Business is proud to present its third Sharing Information on Progress report. Within the pages linked below, we detail actions we have taken between 2016 and 2018 that are aligned with the six principles of PRME. Throughout the report, where applicable, the UN's SDG's have been linked to activities and outcomes from the college.


Principle 1 | Purpose

We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

Principle 2 | Values

We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Principle 3 | Method

We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.

Principle 4 | Research

We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Principle 5 | Partnership

We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.

Principle 6 | Dialogue

We will facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

Assessment of Outcomes

Read more about outcomes from 2016-18.

Future Direction and Desired Support

The Haworth College of Business is making significant progress to provide our students the most comprehensive exposure to sustainability of any business school in the state of Michigan. We have laid the groundwork to ensure our graduates enter their careers as responsible business leaders. We have done this, in part, by integrating sustainability into our assurance of learning framework and by implementing a required sustainability course of all our graduates.

That said, there is more work to do. Read more about next steps for the Haworth College of Business.

Questions or comments about this report can be directed to Dr. Timothy Palmer, professor of management and director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices. (269) 387-5242 | Email Timothy Palmer