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19 September 2016 | United Nations —AIM2Flourish.com, the world’s first higher education experiential learning curriculum for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was announced as a partner in a new UN digital platform to engage business students worldwide in supporting and achieving the UN SDGs. AIM2Flourish is housed at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

AIM2Flourish’s co-sponsor, The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the UN Global Compact, announced the new digital platform.

The announcement was made during the annual United Nations Private Sector Forum, a high-level event of top business executives, world leaders, and public figures coming together to jump-start progress on the SDGs, and exploring ways to advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability.

As part of their course work, business students from Advanced PRME signatory schools will be tasked with extracting and analyzing data, statistics, and innovative business solutions from UN Global Compact participants through resources such as the public database of Communication of Progress (COP) reports — the visual expression of a company’s commitment provided to the UN Global Compact every year.

This platform consists of two parallel projects, which are managed in partnership with WikiRate and with AIM2Flourish. The WikiRate project will analyze information provided in COP reports and present data that, among other things, will showcase where company and sector improvements can be made. The AIM2Flourish project will categorize activities and data according to each relevant SDG determined through research on innovative business practices that do good and do well.

Both projects offer students the opportunity to analyze and evaluate the quality of company activities as they relate to responsible and sustainable business operations, and highlighting the most notable achievements of companies in each major industry. This effort will support the UN Global Compact and PRME as they assess outcomes and progress on achieving the SDGs. Information from the platform will then be presented to member states during the UN’s High-Level Political Forums to demonstrate commitment from companies to achieving the Goals.

Noting the pivotal role that students and youth will play in advancing the SDGs, Jonas Haertle, the Head of PRME, described this new platform as a unique way to engage business students and allow them to utilize their academic talents towards supporting the SDGs by highlighting the most innovative and sustainable business practices.

“Today’s business and management students are keenly aware of the importance of sustainable and responsible companies, and have higher expectations for companies they wish to work for,” Haertle said. “Students and youth are eager to see systemic change in the way that business plans are managed so that values like sustainability take higher priority.”

“This platform will offer business students a chance to support the SDGs by evaluating existing business solutions and highlighting the most successful practices in each industry for other companies to follow,” he added.

“Achieving the UN SDGs—what we call ‘The World’s To-Do List’—will need everyone, especially business, to tackle the world’s great challenges,” said Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Executive Director. “AIM2Flourish empowers business students to publish stories about for-profit businesses that are innovating to do good and do well. Students discover that they themselves are the next generation of world-changing leaders for good.”

The student engagement platform is organized with the support of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi. He noted that students and youth will be crucial to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Today’s youth will be the leaders of tomorrow, and their role will be pivotal in tackling the development challenges of the 21st century,” Alhendawi said, adding that “business students in particular will be key to addressing these challenges through their future involvement in the private sector.”

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher education experiential learning curriculum for the SDGs, showcasing business innovations that solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Business students in more than 30 countries are using Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development to search out and report on world-changing innovations. Learn more at AIM2Flourish.com or AIM2FlourishTeam.com.


For additional information, please contact:

Claire Sommer
Communications Director, AIM2Flourish
Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
claire@AIM2Flourish.com
+1 917-834-0323

Sigrun Skudem,
Manager, PRME Secretariat
skudem@unglobalcompact.org

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the first organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at UNPRME.org.

AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher education experiential learning curriculum for the SDGs, showcasing business innovations that solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Business students in more than 30 countries are using Appreciative Inquiry (strength-based interviews) and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development to search out and report on world-changing innovations. Learn more at AIM2Flourish.com or AIM2FlourishTeam.com.

WikiRate's mission is to spur corporations to be transparent and responsive by making data about their social and environmental impacts useful and available to all. Learn more at WikiRate.com.

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