Resources on the SDGs – Part 2 of 2

As we enter year 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (which are set to be reached by 2030), organisations have had the time to do further research and publish findings relating to specific targets within each goal, shedding more light on the challenges and opportunities relating to each one. However the number of reports being launched daily can be a bit overwhelming, especially given that a lot of it is useful and interesting. Last week in Part 1 of this post I shared several reports focused on the SDGs. Here I have provided some websites with further resources on the SDGs.

World Bank SDG Atlas 2018

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 presents maps, charts, and stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations. The data draw on the World Development Indicators  the World Bank’s compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of people’s lives. For each of the SDGs, relevant indicators have been chosen to illustrate important ideas.

 

Informea

InforMEA provides easy access to information on MEAs. You can consult treaty texts and provisions of decisions and resolutions adopted by the Governing Bodies of MEAs. You may browse Party information including contacts, national reports and national plans submitted under MEAs. Feel free to learn of terms and concepts as defined in the context of MEAs and consider taking one of over 20 free online courses introducing MEAs.

 

IISD Reporting Service

IISD Reporting Service provides neutral, autorative and up to the minute record of ongoing multilateral negoations on environment and sustainable development. You can access the meeting reports on their website or sign up to receive updates via email for a range of specific topics or on the Sustainable Development Goals more generally. Current coverage focuses on the Internatioanl Seabed Authority, High-Level Political Forum and the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parities to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. IISD has been providing this coverage since 2003.

 

Data is Beautiful

Data is Beautiful is a reddit page where individuals post visual representations of data including graphs, charts and maps. The goal is to explore how to effectively convey information and although aesthetics are important part of information visualization, the aim is not to create pretty pictures necessarily. Every month the community is invited to take part in a particular challenge where they are given a dataset to work with.

 

Our World in Data

Another website that aims to engage users in data is Our World in Data. Our World in Data is an online publication that shows how living conditions are changing. The aim is to give a global overview and to show changes over the very long run, so that we can see where we are coming from and where we are today. We need to understand why living conditions improved so that we can seek more of what works. The site has a newly launched SDG Tracker that tracks the latest data across all of the 17 SDGs. This serves an interactive hub where users can explore and track progress across all of the SDG indicators for which there is data available.

Also don’t forget about PRME Signatories developing databases of resources around the SDGs including the SDG Hub in South Africa at the University of Pretoria and the Online Resources Collection Around PRME from Sobey School of Business in Canada.

Recent Resources on the SDGs – Part 1 of 2

As we enter year 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (which are set to be reached by 2030), organisations have had the time to do further research and publish findings relating to specific targets within each goal, shedding more light on the challenges and opportunities relating to each one. However the number of reports being launched daily can be a bit overwhelming, especially given that a lot of it is useful and interesting. In the next two posts I will share several of the reports that I have found strong lately as well as some websites with further resources on the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017

Using the most recent data available, the annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind. This year’s report finds that while progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been insufficient and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs. The 2018 version of the report should be coming out shortly. It is a quick read (there is even an executive summary that provides an even quicker read) but it gives a good overview of the issues.

 

A Guide to Sustainable Development Goals Interactions from Science to Implementation:

This guide published by the International Council for Science, one of the coordinating bodies of the Science and Technology major group, explores the nature of interlinkages between the SDGs. It is based on the premise that a science-informed analysis of interactions across SDG domains – which is currently lacking – can support more coherent and effective decision making, and better facilitate follow-up and monitoring of progress. Understanding possible trade-offs as well as synergistic relations between the different SDGs is crucial for achieving long-lasting sustainable development outcomes.

 

 

Sustainable Cities: Tracking Progress Towards Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements – SDG 11 Synthesis Report:

This synthesis report is the first publication showing the progress, challenges and opportunities of global monitoring of SDG 11 which is focused on Sustainable Cities and Communities. The report was developed under the coordination of UN-Habitat, a focal point for sustainable urbanization and human settlements, but represents a joint position from the UN family on the global urban status of the Goal and other urban related global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework etc. It also looks at the linkages between SDG 11 and others targets.

 

Youth Solutions Report: 

The Youth Solutions Report features 50 game-changing projects led by young people, allowing them to showcase their work, and presenting them with opportunities to draw interest from potential supporters. This is the second report published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, the last Youth Solution Report was published in 2017. However this one also has a section with key recommendations for policies and action to support young people in particular in relation to entrepreneurship, intrapraneurship and finding jobs.

 

Frontier 2017 Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern: 

Published by the UNEP on an annual basis, this report addresses a range of emerging issues  facing the planet. It asks questions such as: How does our careless disposal of antimicrobial drugs produce bacteria that can resist them? Why are Marine Protected Areas vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Can off-grid solar plug the energy gap for cities in the developing world?

 

Fast-Rorward Progress, Leveraging Tech to Achieve the Global Goals

This report, published by the International Telecommunication Union, was written as a collaborative effort between 29 UN programmes as well as a number of NGOs This excellent report (one of my favourites) offers insights into the risks and opportunities in using information and Communication Technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.It is organised around each of the 17 SDGs and outlines how the use of big data is improving the design of policy and decision-making, the difference a mobile phone can make in the lives of humans and has a range of links to interesting initiatives around the globe.

 

Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global multi-year, multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary research initiative designed to provide a science-based, integrative approach to address all 17 SDGs. The new report brings together the work of more than 60 authors from 20 organizations involved in the initiative. The report explores six transformations and pathways that take a comprehensive approach to attaining the 17 SDGs. O
ne of the novel and defining features of the TWI2050 report is that it links integrated assessment modeling, with social science concepts to better reflect societal dynamics in the six transformations. After all, it is humans, and therefore society, who will make the economic, political, technological and cultural choices that determine the outcomes.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for January 2018 (Part 2 of 2)

Every year there is an increase in the number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on sustainability topics. These courses are available for free online and open to anyone with an interest in the topic, lasting between three and fourteen weeks and taking three to eight hours per week to complete. Below is a selection of such courses starting in January 2018, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. Click here to view Part 1.

Human Rights and Development: This course explores the topic of development based on human rights and social justice perspectives It looks at the ideology behind international aid programmes and looks at development from both Indigenous and African perspectives. Curtin University – starts April 2 2018.

Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change: This course explores the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change. Curtin University – starts February 5 2018.

International Human Rights Law: This course explores how an individual’s human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws. UCL – starts February 1 2018.

Cities The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life: This course explores what makes cities energising, amazing, challenging and perhaps humanity’s greatest invention. Harvard University – starts February 15.

Greening the Economy Sustainable Cities: This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. It places cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Lund University – starts January 15 2018.

Re-Enchanting the City-Designing the Human Habitat: This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. It will use the example of central Park in Sydney to explore the interdependencies of the professionals at play: urban design, architecture, construction management, planning, landscape, interior design etc. UNSW – starts

Sustainable Fashion: This course explores the fashion industry which is valued at more than $4 trillion USD and employs over 60 million people. It is also the second most polluting industry in the world. Fordham Gabelli School of Business – available now.

Chocolate and Sustainability: This course provides an overview of sustainability issues across the cocoa supply chain, from the farmers to the consumer. TCHO – available now.

Climate Change: This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it and what solutions we can employ. The course requires 2-4 hours of study per week depending on the student. Macquarie University – starts January 8th 2018.

Planning for Climate Change in African Cities: This course provides the foundation for understanding a city’s exposure and sensitivity to climate change and how cities manage these impacts in the face of growing uncertainty. Multiple stakeholders – Starts now.

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial: The course explores what the controversy and debate is around climate change denial and helps individuals respond to it. University of Queensland – starts January 9 2018.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries: This course challenges learners to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. It explores the inherent complexity of developing country governments wanting to grow their economics in a climate friendly way. University of Cape Town – starts January 22 2017.

Climate Justice Lessons From the Global South: This course helps learners to understand how we can balance human needs with caring for the planet with a focus on the Global South. UNESCO – starts now.

Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance: This course considers the nature of how the world’s oceans are regulated. It will go through how ocean governance has evolved through time and how it actually works. University of Wollongong – starts January 8th 2018

 

Agriculture and the World We Live in: This course explores the world’s populations and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. Massey University – starts January 8th 2018.

Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050: This course explores best practice farming for the future, how to start implementing these strategies now wile making sure it is still profitable. University of Western Australia – starts January 8 2018.

Ecosystem Services A Method for Sustainable Development: This course explore ecosystem services, a way of thinking about, and evaluating, the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. University of Geneva – starts January 8 2018.

Ethics and Law in Data Analytics: Analytics and AI are powerful tools that have real-world outcomes. Learn how to apply practical, ethical and legal constructs and scenarios so that you can be an effective analytics professional. Seattle University with Microsoft – starts January 1 2018.

Environmental Challenges Scarcity and Conflict in Natural Environment: This course explores war and conflict and how it can severely disrupt the governance of the environment with impacts on both people and the environment. University of Leeds – starts January 10 2018.

Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes: Superheros in movies and comics embrace truth and justice, peace rather than war and combat prejudice. This course uses superhoes as a way of interpreting key philosophical ideas – metaphysical and epistemology, social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind and much more. Smithsonian – starts January 16 2018.

The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development: This course explores the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. University of Queensland – self paced.

Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent: This series of courses is for anyone who would like to improve how their company or organisation impacts the environment, people and communities. It will introduce them to some of the key concepts and tools of sustainable business and teach them how to be effective change agents. University of Colorado – starts January 1 2018.

Becoming a Changemaker Introduction to Social Innovation: This course is for anyone who is interested in making a difference. It explores the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions. University of Cape Town – starts January 8 2018.

 

And a few extras…

 

Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects: Through explanation, demonstration, and dynamic examples, the course offers teachers practical ideas for how to entice students to craft complex and incisive questions: think critically about primary and secondary sources, form and support their opinions with evidence and communicate their conclusions in ways that wil prepare them to be engaged citizens of the world. Although this course is aimed at high school teachers, many of the tools could be of use within some business school courses as a way of introducing sustainability concepts. Smithsonian – self paced.

Selling Ideas: How to Influence Others and Get your Message To Catch On: This course explores how you can use social media and word of mouth to spread your message. It also provides a step-by-step guide on how to get anything to catch on by looking at what makes ideas memorable and messages stick. Wharton – starts January 8 2018.

 

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for January 2018 (Part 1 of 2)

Every year there is an increase in the number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on sustainability topics. These courses are available for free online and open to anyone with an interest in the topic, lasting between three and fourteen weeks and taking three to eight hours per week to complete. Below is a selection of such courses starting in January 2018, listed by topic, from primarily PRME signatory schools.

Foundations of Development Policy: This course uses economic theory and data analysis to explore the economic lives of the poor, and the ways to design and implement effective development policy. MIT – starts February 6 2018.

The Challenges of Global Poverty: This course uses economics to understand some of the root causes behind underdevelopment and the constraints and trade-offs the poor face when making decisions. It also looks into anti-poverty strategies and policies. MIT – Starts February 6 2018.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals – This course provides a brief introduction to the Sustainable Development goals, what they are, how they came about, the goals and targets themselves as well as next steps and our role. Gowi – starts now.

 

Social Norms, Social Change: This course is on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches hot to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. Unicef – starts January 1 2018.

 

Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction: This course combines law, psychology, sociology, history, educational and health sciences, economy and anthropology to explore critical issues concerning children’s rights. University of Geneva – starts January 8 2018.

 

Women in Leadership Inspiring Positive Change: This course aims to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes – to lead change with more conviction and confidence – and improve our workplaces and communities for all. Case Western Reserve University – starts January 8 2018.

Droi International de L’Eau Douce (course in French) – This course explores the laws that regulate and produce freshwater and the responsibilities of different stakeholders. University of Geneva – starts January 1 2018.

 

Sustainable Energy: This series of courses explores the complex nature of energy generation, distribution and supply and the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable energy future. University of Queensland – starts January 23 2018.

Energy Principles and Renewable Energy: This course provides an introduction to the language of energy, key scientific principles that underpin energy systems, future energy challenges and available renewable energy options. University of Queensland – starts January 23 2018.

Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered: This course explores how banks can use capital as a tool to promote social and environmental wellbeing. MIT – starts March 7 2018.

Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future: This course looks at new technologies and how they can make supply chains more sustainable. It also explores global trends in global and supply chain innovation. University of Twente – starts now.

Debt Sustainability Analysis: What are the tools to access debt sustainability? How can countries effectively manage their sovereign debt? To answer these questions, this course combines theory with hands-on exercises. IMF – self paced.

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Innovation: Based on real-world experiences from business leaders, learn how to develop and lead social innovation initiatives that create both economic and social value. Babson – starts January 16 2018.

 

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

2017 Good Practices in Responsible Management Education (Part 1 of 2)

This past year was a big year for the Principles for Responsible Management. As a network of networks we celebrated our 10th anniversary including an opportunity to come together and look both back and forwards at the PRME Global Forum in July 2017 in New York City. This year was also the second year that the Sustainable Development Goals have been in effect, including a significant increase in the impact that management education is having in the realisation of these Goals. Many of this past year’s PRiMEtime posts have highlighted this collective impact.

This is the 6th year that I write PRiMEtime. I started this blog in 2011 in collaboration with the PRME Secretariat as a way of showcasing all of the exciting initiatives that Signatories were taking part in. Not only has this shown schools and the business community what is possible but in many instances this has also helped raise awareness of these initiatives within the schools and helped the individuals involved receive more support internally. Thank you to all of the individuals who are not only driving these initiatives but who took the time to share their stories here. PRiMEtime is now a database of good practices from around the world with over 1000 examples of how management education is embedding sustainability the Principles into their work.

This year 60 new articles were posted featuring over 100 examples from more 90 different Signatories in 27 countries. We have also introduced a number of Special Feature Months providing a more in-depth look at how schools are approaching a specific SDG. In this 2-part year-end post we review the examples featured this year, (roughly) organised around the SDGs. Simply click on the links to read the full article.

I look forward to another year of featuring your initiatives. Please feel free to email me your suggestions as well as any requests for 2018.

Many signatories provide opportunities for their students to work on projects to better their local communities. One example featured was the I’m the Change Initiative from the Institute of Management Technology in India which is a mandatory programme for all students. Many Signatories organise awareness raising events and conferences during the school year focused on PRME and sustainability. At the University of Greenwich Business School their full day conference focused on “Shaping Business Opportunities in a World of Uncertainty” not just organised by students but is organised as part of the requirements for one of their courses.

Students have always been, and will continue to be an important driver of PRME and sustainability on campus. At FEA-RP/USP in Brazil the Sustainable Student Organisation Awards promote and recognise projects that benefit the school and the local community. Students at Universidad EAFIT in Colombia are exploring solutions to local SDG challenges through a range of projects on campus. Copenhagen Business School is looking at a range of ways to really embed sustainability into their campus with the support of a new Sustainable Infrastructure Taskforce.

On PRiMEtime we regularly post blogs summarizing the lists of MOOCs on sustainability topics offered by Signatories. Many of these MOOCs are either available on an on-going basis or have regular start dates so even past posts provide a good resources. If you are planning a MOOC for 2018 please email so this can be included in the next post in January. For 2017 this included a selection of the MOOCs available in Winter 2017 focused around economic, social and environmental issues as well as in September 2017 focused around strategy, cities, social impact, funding and ethics. An update of a very popular post on Primetime from several years ago focused on how to use online games to engage in sustainability was also shared. It provides links to a number of online games that can be used in the classroom organised by SDG.

A post in March also looked at What Students Think About Responsible Management Education outlining a number of insights pulled from a recent survey on students views on sustainability in business education. Another post that came out just before the PRME Global Forum looked at why Management’s Education’s Role in the SDGs isn’t limited to providing quality education and how there are many different ways that Schools can and should engage.

Several posts included projects that tackle SDG 5 around Gender Equality but two focused in on the topic. Students at Slippery Rock University in the United States were the catalyst to creating a new Centre on campus that focuses on development female business leaders. Through their Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Canada has been focused on ensuring that management education is accessible and every student is empowered to achieve his or her full potential.

Once again this year faculty from Signatory schools shared examples of companies within their countries that are considered sustainability leaders, companies engaged in a range of activities across all SDGs. Featured sustainable business examples for 2017 included:

Australia: Kindling, Crepes for Change, eWater Systems

Brazil: Votorantim Cimentos, CPFL

Canada: Net Zero Waste, EcoDairy, Nature’s Path Foods, Magnet, Sharbucks Canada, Scadding Court Community Centre, Telus, Stantec, Nova Scotia designer Tabitha Osler

Colombia: EPM, Grupo Sura, ISA

India: Jayaashree Industries, Goonj

Nigeria: Wecyclers, Adcem Healthcare, Doreo Partner’s Babban Gona

Poland: Izodom 2000, Solaris Bus & Coach, Seedia

South Africa: Zoona, AllLife Insurance, GreenCape

Sweden: Filippa K, Max Hamburgers, Axel Johnson AB

UK: Triodas Bank, Bordeaux Quay, Resource Futures, Low Carbon SW, Eunomia

The month of October was a Special Feature month focused on Impact Investing and how schools are engaging in this topic in particular within the Finance curriculum. A range of resources on Impact Investing were presented as well as a summary of ten ways schools are bringing Impact Investing to campus featuring specific examples from ten different signatories including Tsinghua University in China and ESADE Business School in Spain to name but two. Smith School of Business in Canada shared their experiences training the next generation of impact investing professionals through their Social Finance Academy. Sauder School of Business presented their approach to promoting impact investing not just within the business school but externally as well. Impact Investing Competitions organised by different business schools around the world including a more in-depth feature on not just the competition at IESE but also their newly launched student managed impact investment fund. We finished off the month with a special look at the University of Cape Town’s work on promoting impact investing in the African Context and training a new generation of leaders in South Africa and beyond.

Resources on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – December edition – part 1 of 2

There are a growing number of excellent resources around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, many of which can be used in the classroom or to inspire activities within University and Business School campuses. In this new series we will regularly feature a range of different resources that can be used to engage in, and raise awareness of the 17 SDGs. If you are creating new resources or have any favourites please send them so they can be featured as well. Part 1 will feature resources for Goals 1-9 and part 2 will feature resources for Goals 10 through to 17. For more Primetime posts related to the SDGs click here.

Assessing Bottlenecks: With the SDGs, the question is: What are the actions that will take us forward more quickly across a broader range of interlinked goals? This report explores the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs and the need to go beyond silos to taking an integrated approach to development interventions. The SDG Accelerator and Bottleneck Assessment tool development by the UN Development Programme explores these.

Zero Hunger Challenge: The Zero Hunger Challenge reflects five elements from within the SDGs, which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition and build inclusive and sustainable food systems. Stakeholders including universities can become participants of the Challenge by making a commitment to take action that will have a demonstrable, quantifiable impact. The challenge website also offers a range of resources and videos that can be used to create your own version of the Zero Hunger challenge on campus.

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: This site includes a series of dilemmas and case studies that were developed to support efforts by business to respect human rights in their operations and supply chains. Cases are focused on a number of topics including living wages, working hours, human trafficking, doing business sin conflict affected countries and indigenous peoples’ rights.

World Youth Skills Day: Youth are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and are continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. This is particularly the case for women. The 15th of July ,World Youth Skills Day, aims draw special attention to this issue. UNESCO has developed a special kit with a range of videos that can be used.

Women’s Empowerment Principles: Over 1,000 business leaders have adopted the Women Empowerment Principles that are used to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The site includes a Gender Gap Analysis Tool to help companies identify strengths, gaps and opportunities to improve their performance eon gender equality as well as a series of resources that can be used in the classroom.

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: This resource provides companies with practical measures on how to bring a human rights lens to their existing corporate water stewardship practices. It is on of several publications provided by the CEO Water Mandate, a group of companies working to develop, implement and disclose water sustainability polices and practices and sharing best and emerging practices.

Sustainable Energy for All: The site includes information to indicators for sustainable energy that give policy makers and investors detailed country-level insights for levelling the playing field for sustainable energy worldwide. ‘Heat maps’ available on the site, combine and analyse some of these data sets to show leaders where they can make the biggest and fastest inroads towards the SDGs.

Decent work and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The International Labour works to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all. Their site offers a range of resources around decent work and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a cross cutting theme that impacts and is impacted by many of the other SDGs. They also have a number of Notes on specific issues such as green jobs, national employment policies, skills and engaging the private sector on decent work.

The Equator Principles: The Equator Principles is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects. It is primarily intended to provide a minimum standard for due diligence to support responsible risk decision-making. It currently covers over 70 percent of international Project Finance debt in emerging markets.

Creating an Online Resource Collection Around PRME – Sobey School of Business

In order to assist students and staff in engaging in the Sustainable Development Goals and PRME more broadly, Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Canada launched the Sobey School PRME Library, a curated online collection of educational resources related to ethics, sustainably, social and environmental issues within and beyond business. I spoke with Georgia Atkin, newly appointed PRME Coordinator at Sobey School, about this exciting project. 

What is the Sobey School PRME Library?

The Sobey School PRME Library is an online collection of links to over 500 PRME teaching resources: books, journal articles, videos, teaching games, simulations, case studies, student projects, newsfeeds, pedagogical research and more. It was developed in partnership with the Patrick Power Library, using the Springshare LibGuides platform. We’ve organized resources according to business school departments and discipline-specific subtopics, and every item is labeled with the relevant SDGs. Due to copyright restrictions, the full text of certain resources (e.g. books and journals) is only directly available to Saint Mary’s University users, but references and bibliographic information are accessible to all.
Why did you decide to put together these resources?

We wanted to develop a tool that would empower educators to find the materials they needed to incorporate PRME and the SDGs into their coursework. The PRME Library collection was made for that purpose, with the knowledge that many faculty and educators struggle with busy schedules and limited time for scouring the vast numbers of resources available.

What has been the response?

It’s a little too soon for us to know the full impact of the PRME Library, but most of the early feedback has been positive. We had over 1200 online views in the first month! I’m excited to see what happens as the project develops further. We strongly encourage users to share their thoughts and experiences with us, and I can be contacted directly via the ‘Email Me’ button under my photo on the bottom left of the PRME Library homepage.

We introduced the PRME Library to new faculty members at the Sobey School recently, and they responded with interest and excitement. I’m hopeful that the collection will inspire faculty and other educators to add something new to their teaching style and content. I have also been contacted by outside organizations and institutions who are responding positively to having their work featured in the collection, and I think this project will help create stronger relationships between the Sobey School and other members of the PRME community.

What are some of your favourite resources on the site, anything you want to highlight? 

It’s tough to choose a favourite, but I’m personally excited by resources such as WikiRate, AIM2Flourish, and Sourcemap, which all encourage users to actively engage with real-life companies and the SDGs. I have also located a number of thought-provoking books, papers, cases and videos on the topic of Indigenous issues and Indigenous leadership in business, and users can find these items across the different business discipline sections of the PRME Library. I’m eager to see these resources grow, and I welcome suggestions for more teaching materials focused on business and Indigenous peoples.

One final highlight is our PRME Newsfeeds page, which I created by locating PRME-related RSS feeds from almost a dozen business news publications. These RSS feeds are updated automatically every day, providing users with current headlines relating to business and ethical, social and environmental issues.

What advice would you have for other schools thinking of putting something similar in place or looking to use yours?

For other schools thinking of developing a similar collection, I would advise consulting with faculty first to learn what types of resources they might find most helpful. I received lots of great content suggestions from Sobey School faculty during the initial development of the collection, and this input will continue to have an impact on how the project develops over time.

What’s next for the initiative?

The collection will continue growing as new resources become available. Users are welcome to submit resource suggestions using the “Suggest a new PRME resource” online form. I’ve just created a ‘What’s New?’ page, where visitors can check to see a list of all the latest additions to the collection.

How else is Sobey engaging in the SDGs?

In April 2016, the Sobey School held a faculty session on PRME and the SDGs. Faculty members in attendance made a commitment to incorporate some SDGs in their courses the following year. When I was hired as PRME Coordinator in the summer of 2017, I completed follow-up interviews with faculty, assessing the progress made on their SDG commitments and asking them about their personal challenges and successes. This fall, the school began organizing PRME Lunch & Learn sessions where both new and experienced faculty can come together to talk about PRME and the SDGs.

The Sobey School has a number of other projects planned. I just sent out a special PRME-themed campus newsletter for faculty and staff, with the goal of highlighting all the great work and research happening on campus, and the newsletter received a very positive response. We have plans for a research project that will focus on mapping the different interactions between SDGs, and the Sobey School is investigating ways of engaging the broader Saint Mary’s University community in discussions of sustainability and the SDGs.

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