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Academic Participation

Academia adds critical dimensions to the UN Global Compact’s operations. Through thought leadership, research, educational resources, learning know-how, and educational infrastructure, this sector can increase knowledge and understanding of corporate responsibility, and thereby advance the agenda of the Global Compact at the local and global level. In addition, academia plays an important role in shaping future business leaders and educating them on the importance of responsible management and leadership.

Participation in the Global Compact is open to degree-granting academic institutions  such as universities, colleges, and business schools;  and other academic organizations which are committed to implementing the ten principles of the Global Compact in their organization and which are willing to collaborate as strategic partners in the progress of the initiative.

The following resource, developed by the UN Global Compact academic working group, provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation process (click here to download)

Requirements for academic participants of the UN Global Compact

Global Compact signatories from the academic sector are required to:

  1. Incorporate the Global Compact principles into internal operations and communicate progress following the COP requirements

  2. Promote the Global Compact and its principles through one of the following activities (at least one of the following options is required)

Activities from participating academic institutions might entail the use of the Global Compact logo and name. Academic institutions are also encouraged to use the logo “We Support the Global Compact”.

Principles for Responsible Management Education

Business schools and management-related academic institutions, and universities are also encouraged to participate in the Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative by the Global Compact.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), launched at the 2007 Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, provide an engagement framework to advance corporate responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research. The PRME have been developed by an international task force of sixty deans, university presidents and official representatives of leading business schools and follow from a recommendation of all academic stakeholders of the Global Compact.

The PRME initiative is governed jointly by the Global Compact Office and other members of the PRME Steering Committee:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), 

  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

  • Association of MBAs

  • GMAC

  • African Association of Business Schools (AABS)

  • Asia-Pacific Association of Business Schools (AAPBS)

  • Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN)

  • Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA)

  • Academy for Business in Society (ABIS)

  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)

The PRME Secretariat is hosted by the Global Compact Office.

For further information PRME and information on how to endorse the principles, please visit the official PRME website.


Jonas Haertle
Head, PRME Secretariat
UN Global Compact Office
Phone: +1-212-963-0268

(Last update 21 January 2013)