Over the past few months, the PRME Secretariat, with feedback from the PRME Working Group on Sharing Information on Progress (SIP), has selected a number of institutions to receive recognition for their outstanding efforts in reporting through their Sharing Information on Progress reports. The recipients received their awards Wednesday evening, 24 June, in a special ceremony at the 2015 PRME Global Forum.
There were two categories recognised—one including only first-time SIPs and a second category including schools that have reported more than once. All reports submitted from July 2013 to March 2015 by the deadline, and which met minimum criteria, were considered. In both categories, the Secretariat selected three reports, each showing very different approaches to reporting.
In the first category, first time reporter, the following three reports were recognised:
La Rochelle Business School (France) created an SIP that is a thoughtful and substantive. In particular, this report incorporates a thorough assessment of La Rochelle’s impact—particularly for a first-time report— with both qualitative and quantitative indicators. Building off of these assessments, the report highlights future objectives, accompanied with a strategy to scale their impact. The report incorporates a clear integrated sustainability strategy with supporting visual graphics. To view the report click here.
Reykjavik University Business School’s (Iceland) report is a strong example of an engaging and reader-friendly report. With accompanying graphics and photos, this report effectively communicates its many PRME-related activities in a concise, visually appealing manner, which demonstrates how a SIP report can be a powerful communication tool for stakeholders. Particularly notable is its engagement of different stakeholders in the report: the report highlights examples and quotes from students, professors, and others. To view the report click here.
Haas School of Business’ (USA) report is an organised, thorough report. Notable about this report is how it effectively organises and highlights its activities. In particular, under each Principle section, the report lists its Key Accomplishments and Future Objectives. In addition, the report allows the reader to grasp the scope and depth of Haas’s activities with its selected in-depth and diverse examples, notably those in the Research Section. To view the report click here.
The second category of reporters was a much more challenging category to go through. There are many interesting reports in this category, and recognitions were narrowed down to the three chosen below:
The Hanken School of Economics (Finland) SIP report demonstrates a clear, integrated sustainability strategy, which ties smoothly to the activities described throughout the report. The reflection incorporated throughout the report is impressive, with organised, appealing tables concisely outlining previous goals, the progress made on those goals, and future goals at the end of each section. To view the report click here.
KEDGE Business School’s (France) SIP is a strong example of an effective integrated report, with clear ties to PRME’s mission and Six Principles. The report includes an impact assessment of its sustainability activities, highlighting a range of both qualitative and quantitative indicators in reader-friendly tables and visuals. To add, the report is inviting and readable with an innovative structure, organised around the institution’s three core values: Create, Share, Care. To view the report click here.
Copenhagen Business School’s (Denmark) report has a strong impact assessment and reflection of its PRME-related activities, with accompanying examples and indicators effectively highlighted throughout the report. Particularly noteworthy about this report is how it engages with a wide range of stakeholders. Quotes and contact information from the individuals involved in various activities are listed throughout the report, demonstrating how the SIP is used both for internal and external purposes. To view the report click here.
The PRME Secretariat has also identified two reports from each region that are examples of good reporting. These schools, and their reports are noted and linked to below, in no particular order.
Africa & Middle East
University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa)
The American University in Cairo, School of Business (Egypt)
IILM, Institute for Higher Education (India)
Australia & New Zealand
La Trobe Business School (Australia)
Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia
Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
Toulouse Business School (France)
Babson College (United States)
Bentley University (United States)