The Principles of Responsible Management are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among management education institutions in order to build a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.
In the current academic environment, corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. The PRME are therefore a timely global call for Business Schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities. It is the ambition of Antwerp Management School to continue making this responsible management education an integral part of its core activities in research and education while leading by example.
Antwerp Management School became a signatory of PRME in 2012 and will submit its first Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report in 2014. The main reason for the School to participate in PRME is to enable the further incorporation of values of sustainability and corporate citizenship into its core strategy and in all of the current curricula. Furthermore, the PRME principles help us to better respond to the demands of the business to integrate environmental, social and governance issues and to meet the new needs and expectations of the business world on the one hand and the demands of a new generation of students with regard to sustainability and good corporate citizenship on the other.
Overview of the PRME Principles
As an institution of higher education involved in the development of current and future managers Antwerp Management School declares her willingness to progress in the implementation, within the School, of the following Principles, starting with those that are more relevant to her capacities and mission. The School will report on progress to all of her stakeholders and exchange effective practices related to these principles with other academic institutions:
PRME PRINCIPLE 1 – PURPOSE
Antwerp Management School 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.
PRME PRINCIPLE 2 – VALUES
Antwerp Management School will incorporate into her academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.
PRME PRINCIPLE 3 – METHOD
Antwerp Management School will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
PRME PRINCIPLE 4 – RESEARCH
Antwerp Management School 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.
PRME PRINCIPLE 5 – PARTNERSHIP
Antwerp Management School 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.
PRME PRINCIPLE 6 – DIALOGUE
Antwerp Management School will facilitate and support dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.
Read our full report on our progress in implementing the Principles for Responsible Management Education here.