GCU participates in Global Forum for Responsible Management Education

19 June 2015

GCU New York will hold the official 2015 Global Forum reception

GCU New York will hold the official 2015 Global Forum reception

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will be represented at the 2015 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education in New York by Professor Toni Hilton, Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society, and Senior Lecturer Dr Alec Wersun.

Convened by the UN Global Compact PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative, it will bring together leaders in education, business and government to focus on the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals and to identify best practices for integrating sustainability and responsibility into business and management education.

The PRME initiative facilitates, inspires and recognises higher education institutions that embed corporate responsibility and sustainability into their curricula in order to equip future leaders with skills and knowledge that benefit business and society. Since its launch in 2007, more than 500 institutions have signed up.

GCU took its commitment a step further in 2013 when it became the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact, the world’s biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. GCU is also one of only 30 members of the global PRME Champions Group in recognition of its leadership role. 

As such, GCU New York will hold the official 2015 Global Forum reception, hosted by Professor Hilton and GCU New York Vice-President Cara Smyth. It will take place following the first day of the conference on Tuesday, June 23 and the programme will focus on Excellence in Reporting, an area in which GCU has been recognised with a PRME award.

Professor Hilton said: “As a University for the Common Good, we are playing a key role in the global transformation of business management education through our engagement with initiatives such as UN PRME.

Corporate responsibility and sustainability are now fundamental concerns for every business, and we welcome the opportunity to work with like-minded thought leaders and organisations at the 2015 Global Forum and at GCU New York as we seek to address the complex challenges of the global economy in the 21st century.”

Launched under the leadership of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, PRME demands more socially responsible business research and thought leadership. GCU's participation, led by Glasgow School for Business and Society, is a commitment to ensure that the principles are central to the University's teaching, learning, and research.