PRME: Business Education for a Better World
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.
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.
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:
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.