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PRME: Business Education for a Better World

Chart with colored squares indicating the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, featuring text and corresponding icons: #1: No Poverty; #2: Zero Hunger; #3: Good Health and Well-Being; #4: Quality Education; #5: Gender Equality; #6: Clean Water and Sanitation; #7: Affordable and Clean Energy; #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; #10: Reduced Inequalities; #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; #12: Responsible Consumption and Production; #13: Climate Action; #14: Life Below Water; #15: Life on Land; #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; and #17: Partnerships for the Goals. Established in 2007, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative that engages business schools and management-related higher education institutions around the world to become advocates for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.  

PRME is an extension of the U.N. Global Compact, an alliance among international companies to implement responsible business practices and develop innovative solutions to address the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 objectives designed to serve as a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” Today, there are more than 880 PRME signatory members in 90 countries that have committed to helping tomorrow’s business leaders develop the knowledge and skills they need to address and eliminate complex global challenges including systemic poverty, gender inequality and climate change. 

Headshot of Bentley President E. LaBrent Chrite, wearing a navy blue suit and blue, white and black striped tie
The U.N. Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) reflect Bentley University’s mission — doing business that’s good for the world.

We are committed to developing business leaders who are prepared and motivated to put global challenges at the heart of how they create value for their companies.
E. LaBrent Chrite
President, Bentley University

Bentley University is proud to have been among the first institutions to become a PRME signatory, and we are equally proud of the pioneering role our faculty has played in developing and supporting the initiative from its earliest stages:

Timeline indicating key milestones in the development of the PRME initiative and Bentley's participation in it. 2000: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan launches the U.N. Global Compact (UNGC), an agreement among international companies to implement socially responsible and sustainable business policies and practices. 2006: Annan introduces the framework for what will later become PRME during his opening remarks at the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit conference. 2007: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally announces PRME during the Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Bentley is among the first academic institutions in the U.S. to become a PRME signatory. 2008: Representatives from 170 institutions — including Tony Buono, professor of Management and Sociology and founding director of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility — gather for the inaugural PRME Summit at U.N. headquarters. Buono later facilitates discussions among PRME signatories to develop the framework for subsequent global fora and regional summits. 2011: Patricia Flynn, professor of Economics and Management and former dean of Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business, becomes co-chair of the PRME Working Group on Gender Equality, a position she holds until 2020.  2012: At the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, PRME representatives — including Buono — commit to developing what will become the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 2015-2020: Flynn also serves as co-editor of the PRME book series, producing two volumes focusing on gender equality and four books exploring various topics related to sustainable development.  2017: During the Global Forum for Responsible Management Education: 10 Years of PRME meeting at the U.N. in New York, Buono and Flynn are among the 19 individuals recognized as PRME Pioneers for their leadership and commitment. Bentley is the

In our academic offerings, research endeavors, external partnerships and organizational practices, we are guided by our commitment to six fundamental PRME Principles:

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 responsibility and sustainability.

How Bentley is implementing PRME principles

Progress reports from previous years

PRME Examples: How Bentley is Advancing Sustainable Development

Building Better Relief Programs for Refugees

An older Syrian woman wearing a headscarf, long-sleeved shirt and ankle-length skirt cuddles a toddler as she stands in the middle of a dirt pathway within a tented refugee camp.

Through his ongoing work with the UNHCR, Economics Professor Onur Altindağ is improving the lives of forcibly displaced Syrian families. 

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Bentley Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030

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Latest Sustainability and Climate Action Plan focuses on climate resilience, further reductions in campus greenhouse gas emissions, equity and education.

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Fair Trade Fair Advocates for Ethical Business Models

Bentley students browse colorful fabric products on a table at the fair trade fair

The annual event sponsored by the Bentley Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is one of the largest fair trade fairs in New England. 

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How Sexism Sustains the Gender Pay Gap

Photo illustration of four wooden figures — three male and one female — balance atop individual stacks of coins, with the female figure's stack noticeably smaller than all three of the men's

Research from Finance Professor Kristi Minnick reveals how cultural attitudes can sabotage women’s salaries. 

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Bentley Welcomes Historic Number of First-Gen Students

A group of Bentley orientation leaders wearing black t-shirts and holding signs to welcome the Class of 2026.

One-fourth of the Class of ’26 — the most diverse in Bentley’s history — are the first in their families to attend college.   

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Capeless Crusaders: The Business of Doing Good

Illustration of red-haired woman wearing business clothes, standing in front of her shadow, which includes a cape.

A new course from Law Professor Liz Brown teaches students that “complex sustainability problems require multi-faceted solutions.”   

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