The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability and responsible management in schools around the world, the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative has been a driving force for change since its conception.

Through the Six Principles of Purpose, Values, Methods, Research, Partnerships, and Dialogue, PRME engages business and management schools around the globe, ensuring that our future business leaders are equipped with the skills they require to balance organisational and societal requirements for economic and sustainable value. Two further key aims of the PRME initiative involve raising awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

XJTLU International Business School Suzhou became a PRME Signatory in 2013 and an Advanced Signatory in 2019. Our mission reinforces the School’s responsibility to promote societal sustainable development by strengthening our innovative learning and teaching model, our leading-edge research and our deep engagement with businesses and organisations.

The business school’s continuous development in this area is built upon the PRME initiative’s six key principles:

  • Develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large, and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy
  • Incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact
  • Create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership
  • Engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic values
  • Interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges
• Facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations, and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to host four PRME Roundtable events in recent years, in addition to innovative and thought-provoking student events such as Climathon. For more information on our work with PRME and achievements in Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability, please read our 2019 Sharing Information on Progress Report here.