The Virtual PRME Global Forum took place on 17-18 June 2020 from 9:00am-12:30pm EST (both days). The conference explored major themes within the responsible management education community and accelerated action for the role of business and management education in the Decade of Action, with a special focus on adapting to global crises, such as COVID-19. Key speakers included leaders from business, civil society, academia and the United Nations who helped to identify global trends in sustainable development and corporate sustainability and highlight the role of educators. The virtual conference also presented a new governance structure and strategic direction for the PRME initiative.
Key topics included:
- The role of business and management education in the Decade of Action
- Presentation of the new PRME Board and strategic direction for PRME
- Future-proofing and adapting business and management education to address global challenges
- The value of sustainability-focused education in building competencies for the future
- Outcome of the 2018-2019 Champions Cycle - A Blueprint for SDG Integration in Business Schools
- Future engagement opportunities for PRME signatories related to PRME Chapters, Working Groups, Champions, etc.
Fowler Center Faculty Director, David Cooperrider, moderated a panel on the second day titled, "Rethinking Trends and Challenges for Management and Leadership Development". The session included Andrew Main Wilson, CEO of Association of MBAs (AMBA), Dan LeClair, CEO of Global Business School Network (GBSN), and Danica Purg, President of Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN). The session discussed the importance of management and leadership associations in driving sustainability even further in higher education.
Fowler Center Director, Megan Buchter, participated on a panel during a breakout session on the first day titled, "Student Engagement on SDGs". The session presented actionable sustainability tools for students and included Theresa Heithaus, Program Manager for WikiRate, Thomas Dyllick, Founder of Positive Impact Rating, and Megan Buchter presenting on the Fowler Center's AIM2Flourish program. The session was moderated by Katrin Muff, President of Positive Impact Rating.
Additionally, the new PRME Blueprint for SDG Integration into Curriculum, Research, and Partnerships includes the Fowler Center's AIM2Flourish Program as a way of integrating the SDGs into new or existing curriculum.
For more information about the PRME Global Forum visit unprme.org.
For more information on AIM2Flourish visit AIM2Flourish.com.
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