Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports, beyond being a requirement for PRME signatories, are an opportunity to bring together the work a school is doing in the area of responsible management education, reflect on that work and explore future opportunities. SIPs can provide an important communication tool to raise awareness both internally and externally about your initiatives. Using visuals in your report is one way to bring the information contained within your report to life, to make it easier for your stakeholders to navigate, understand, engage in, and to take action on.
To inspire your next SIP report, here are 6 more visuals taken from recent SIP reports (see Part 1 for the first 6 visuals). These examples are intended to be an exploration of the different approaches taken from different schools. For more examples you can browse through all of the SIP reports on the PRME website at http://www.unprme.org/sharing-information-on-progress/index.php
In the US, Bentley University’s 2014 report includes this visual which gives an overview of the different centres and initiatives happening across campus around PRME related topics, from external relations, research and scholarships, to teaching and academics, and campus life. These different initiatives work together through the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. “I used this graphic quite often (and still do). I created this initially for internal purposes. When I formed the Alliance there were a fair amount of questions as to what it was and what its role would be on campus. I found that the visual quickly draws attention to the core Centres and broad array of programs and initiatives that touch on our lives on campus, what we do in the classroom, our research, and our relationships with external associations and organisations. This visual was helpful in getting faculty, staff and students to see how everything fits together, and to capture the wide range of programs going on at Bentley in this space.” Anthony Buono, Bentley University.
Durham University Business School, in the UK, created a clear, short (9 pages) SIP report for 2014. As part of what could be considered Principle 7—that signatories “understand that [their] own organisational practices should serve as examples of the values and attitudes we convey to our students”—they worked with the University’s Estates and Buildings department, which deals with campus operations, to generate an initial analysis of the school’s carbon emissions. Because one of the buildings on campus counted in this graph was unoccupied until recently, the latest figure from 2012/13 will become their baseline for future years. This is outlined clearly in their report as well as the different initiatives they have that impact this table.
Toulouse Business School in France created a twelve-page report which organises text and initiatives in a very visually engaging way. Each Principle is covered on one or two pages and the page provides a snapshot of activities and initiatives related to that Principle.
First time reporter La Rochelle Business School in France included a visual in their 2014 report which briefly outlines the School’s journey of CSR and PRME. It highlights major events in the implementation of PRME objectives since becoming a signatory in 2012.
Fundacao Dom Cabral, in Brazil, published an integrated report (2013) that embeds their sustainability practices within their school’s annual report. Its work with PRME and related organisations firmly included in its strategic objectives and covered throughout. The report follows the guidelines set out by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), aligns its actions towards meeting the 10 Principles of the Global Compact, the Principles for Responsible Management Education and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. The report provides this table which outlines how the different parts of their report relate to the different principles of PRME and other initiatives.
Kedge Business School’s (France) 2013 report is its first SIP report that integrates the activities of BEM and Euromed Management who merged in July 2012. Although they remained independently managed in 2013, the school chose to integrate both institute’s activities into a single, integrated report which demonstrates the linkages between the organisational strategy, governance and financial performance, and the social environmental and economic context within which it operates. The report uses a number of effective visuals throughout that bring the information to life. One example is the Performance Index at the end of their report, which provides a complete look at the progress of their work from 2009 onwards, as well as future objectives. Beyond providing specific statistics and quantitative information for each item, each activity is measured as to whether or not it has been achieved, is currently being realised, or has not yet been achieved.
Fundacion Universitaria del Area Andina’s (Colombia) 2013 report uses mostly visuals to communicate their work in PRME related topics. One of the visuals is a page which clearly outlines the results of a complete audit, conducted in 2013, of the waste generated on campus—organic, chemical, ordinary recycling and metals.
University of St. Gallen in Switzerland colour coded each of the Six PRME Principles and then used these colours throughout their report to demonstrate what information corresponded to each Principle.
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