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Bentley Noted for Commitment to Educate Sustainable Leaders


Bentley Noted for Commitment to Educate Sustainable Leaders


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Bentley’s is among 47 leading universities and management schools worldwide recognized for work to ensure a sustainable future, noted in the UN Global Compact’s Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing Sustainability at the Heart of Management Education.

“I am very pleased that Bentley was chosen to be highlighted twice in the Guide, and it places us in very good company,” says Tony Buono, coordinator of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics & Social Responsibility. “It reflects the work of our faculty and staff in helping to prepare our students to be responsible leaders working toward a sustainable and inclusive global economy.”

The guide highlights Bentley’s initial steps to introduce PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) on campus, particularly a concerted effort to: build on the research, teaching and institutional service interests of a core group of faculty members; engage the campus community in a series of conversations about the significance of ethics and responsible management education; draw on the capabilities and work of faculty leaders in this area; and embed those practices into programs and initiatives across campus.

It also features the Bentley Alliance for Ethics & Social Responsibility and its role on campus to encourage and promote an institution-wide commitment to ethics, social responsibility, sustainability, and civic engagement.

The Guide was compiled for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, recently held in Rio de Janeiro. It features 63 case stories from 47 institutions, representing 25 countries across Asia, Oceania, Latin America, USA and Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Their experiences are classified into six sections, which address the Six Principles of PRME (Purpose, Values, Method, Research, Partnership, and Dialogue), illustrating advice on getting started, reporting, and institutionalizing the principles. 

Tony Buono and Pat Flynn, Trustee Professor of Economics and Management, represented Bentley during the Rio meeting, participating in both the 3rd Global Forum of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the Corporate Sustainability Summit.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit


by Meredith Mason  September 13, 2016

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.”