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Global UN Forum

14/1/2009

Aston Business School has taken part in talks at the United Nations with the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and other senior officials in some of the highest level UN discussions to ever take place with business schools from around the world.

The UNs ‘Global Forum for Responsible Management’ which took place at UN Headquarters in New York recently put the education of a new generation of corporate leaders at the forefront of the long-term viability and success of business.

Carole Parkes, a Senior Lecturer and Co Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability represented Aston Business School at the forum. She said: “This is the first time that Business Schools have engaged with the UN at this level and we were one of only seven UK universities to attend.”

“A great deal of work was done to move the principles of responsible management education into a reality and the forum was able to produce a particularly useful outcome statement focusing on leadership, environmental sustainability, innovation and an holistic approach to theory and practice in research and teaching.”

“The current global economic downturn has demonstrated the high degree of interconnection between capital markets and the real economy. In the midst of the most severe financial crisis of our lifetimes, the forum agreed that the values of global social responsibility embedded in the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) have never been more important. PRME business schools can play a critical role as agents of change by renewing our commitment to the education of future leaders”

“The outcome statement concluded that ‘as scholars and educators committed to the Principles of Responsible Management Education we stand ready to collaborate in the global agenda and become a relevant driver in the creation of a sustainable and inclusive global economy where business plays a positive role.’ I’m pleased that these are some of the key principles that Aston Business School has been working to for some considerable time.”

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