Implementing Sustainability Principles – Sharing Information on Progress (April/May)
30 June 2014 Leave a comment
Every month, several new Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports come across my desk. These SIP reports are full of interesting and innovative projects aimed at embedding the Principles of PRME across campuses. In this series of blogs, I will feature a small selection of these projects taken from recently submitted reports. This month, we take a look at examples, as they apply to the Six Principles of PRME, from Sweden, the US, Paraguay, Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Colombia.
Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM) in Sweden currently runs an initiative, launched in the summer of 2013, where students are put in contact with a number of the school’s partners and other companies, to review practices in corporate responsibility and sustainability. The initiative has developed ongoing, active collaborations, with a number of organisations including Alfa Laval, Arla Foods, Deloitte, the Hunger Project, IKEA, and Swedbank. The initiative includes continuous follow-up by the school, and pursuit of further initiatives and partnerships to allow students to engage with the organisations in a number of ways—some of these leading to students writing bachelor’s and master’s theses in collaboration with the companies. This initiative reflects both the commitment by the school to gain ground on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues, and the insight that partners and other corporate, public or non-profit bodies are eager to engage with the academy in these developments.
Clark University Graduate School of Management’s University Park Partnership (UPP) is a broad, grassroots collaboration that involves neighborhood residents and organisations, local churches, government officials, the business community, and public schools. The university has played a leadership role in the community since 1985 and has been a primary partner in UPP since 1995. As a partner, university individuals conduct research for UPP organisations, teach in neighborhood schools, and serve as mentors.
The Universidad del Cono Sur de las Americas in Paraguay has an annual event that has been going on for six years now called, Contest of Crazy Ideas. This contest invites students to develop creative ideas and new products and services with a focus on social responsibility.
The Universidad del Norte in Colombia has been working to build up its database of case studies with a clear focus on social responsibility and sustainable business. It is working with the Colombia Global Compact Local Network, of which it is part of the organising committee, to create a series of case studies on human resources and social responsibility at the national level.
As part of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Business School Network for the Promotion of Responsible and Sustainable Business Practices through Business Education, EGADE Business School in Mexico, has designed a course in collaboration with the ILO, Boconni University in Italy, and Sun Yat Sen University in China. The course, called “Labour Dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility; from principles to practice,” is available to enterprises, entrepreneurs, and the general public.
Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa has a Centre for Dynamic Markets, which is dedicated to generating and disseminating insights into and information about doing business in dynamic markets, as well as the implications, arising out of the success of the dynamic market economies, for doing business elsewhere. The centre has been expanding its operations and presence into other African countries, with a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2014, it launched its inaugural GIBS Dynamic Market Index, which attempts to empirically identify the conditions and institutions that enable the catalysts for economic growth, wealth creation, innovation, and overall socio-economic development. The index, which will be updated annually, measures a series of indicators across 133 countries over a seven year period.
The Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA) at the King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia is working closely with the anti-corruption authority, an initiative created by the government of Saudi Arabia in 2010 to fight corruption and unethical behavior, and foster a culture of social responsibility among all sectors of the Saudi Arabian economy. FEA held workshops in conjunction with the authority, with the aim of exploring venues for potential cooperation between the college and the anticorruption authority through training and research.
INALDE in Colombia has a project in collaboration with the Exxon Mobil. This programme brings together leaders of national NGOs and Foundations to develop the capacity of these leaders to generate positive change at the community and national levels.
The George Washington School of Business’ (GWSB) Career Center partnered with employers to create the Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC). The CCC consists of senior level industry leaders strongly committed to developing global business talent. Council members—representing a broad range of business, government and non-profit organisations—help drive the direction of the business education curriculum through regular meetings with key faculty and administrators.
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Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business in the Philippines invited students to take part in a No Impact Experiment, a one-week carbon cleanse programme. Students and staff were encouraged to take steps to reduce their impact. Each day had a theme, Monday was trash, Tuesday transportation, Wednesday food, Thursday energy, Friday water, Saturday giving back and Sunday was eco-Sabbath. The event was organised by the Campus Sustainability Office.