(Innsbruck, 21 February 2014) – Following two years of preparation, the Regional PRME Chapter for the German-speaking part of Europe was launched today during the Conference on Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. A sister initiative to the UN Global Compact, PRME helps to bring business schools into the fold of corporate sustainability.
Fifteen higher education institutions are part of the founding group of the PRME DACH Chapter, which aims to provide a platform for dialogue, learning, and action on responsible management and leadership education and research:
The two-day conference (20-22 February) brought together nearly 150 participants and took place under the patronage of the UN Global Compact and the PRME DACH Initiative, with the support of Global Compact Local Networks in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Prominent speakers from business schools, the private sector and Government provided an overview of current challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable development.
The Principles for Responsible Management Education were developed in 2007 by an international task force of 60 deans, university presidents and official representatives of leading business schools and academic institutions, under the coordination of the UN Global Compact. The concept to develop a principle-based global engagement platform for academic institutions emerged from a recommendation by academic stakeholders of the UN Global Compact. Currently, over 500 academic institutions from nearly 80 countries have committed to PRME.
The next meeting of the PRME DACH Chapter will take place on 30-31 October 2014 in Switzerland.
Head, PRME Secretariat
UN Global Compact Office