Aston Business School became an early signatory to the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) in 2008 and were represented at all the Global Forums for PRME in December 2008, 2010 and the Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012. In 2009 and 2010, Aston Business School hosted UN PRME events aimed at encouraging UK Universities to become signatories. Both events were very well attended and conducted with a collaborative approach that encouraged the sharing of good practice in fulfilling the Principles.
By 2012, over half of theuniversities in UK had become signatures to PRME. As a result, Aston hosted the Foundatation meeting of the newly formed UK and Ireland Chapter of PRME in May 2013.
In September 2013, Aston was invited to become a 'PRME Champion School' (one of 25 worldwide) as a part of a Global Leadership Team for the UN backed Principles of Responsible Management Education.
Principle 1 - Purpose
We will 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.
Principle 2 - Values
We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in initiatives such as the UN Global Compact.
Principle 3 - Method
We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
Principle 4 - Research
We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics and impact of corporation in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.
Principle 5 - Partnership
We will 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.
Principle 6 - Dialogue
We will 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.
Finally, we understand that our own organisational practices should serve as examples of the values and attitudes we convey to our students.
Aston Business School submitted its SIP’s Report (Sharing Information on Progress) in September 2012 Information about PRME, participants and progress can be viewed on the PRME website.