GCU to be represented at UN Global Compact Summit

14 June 2016

The Summit will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Summit will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will be represented at the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in the USA next week.

In 2013, GCU became the first Scottish university to join the UNGC, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Professor Bob Clougherty, Dean of GCU New York and Dr Alec Wersun, Senior Lecturer in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, will join fellow academics, business leaders and politicians for the two-day Summit on 22-23 June.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon will welcome delegates to the triennial Summit, before Lise Kingo, UNGC Executive Director delivers the opening address.

The Summit’s central focus is to consider how to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 ambitious targets to transform the world by 2030. Launched by the UN in January 2016, they include ending poverty and hunger, combating climate change and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality educational for all.

GCU is already contributing greatly through initiatives such as the Caledonian Club, which has raised educational opportunity for more than 11,500 children and 3,000 families; through its MSc in Climate Justice and through the focus of the Fair Fashion Center at GCU New York, embedding sustainable business practices within the $2.5 trillion fashion sector.

Professor Bob Clougherty said: “Across our campuses and with our many partners worldwide, GCU is determined to play our part in contributing towards achieving the sustainable development goals. The Summit gives us a chance to consider how best we can do this and reinforce our mission as the University for the Common Good.”

GCU is also a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), embedding sustainability and ethics across its practices. The University has just published its 2015-16 PRME Progress Report and following the Summit, Dr Wersun will attend a PRME Champions Group workshop, where select business school representatives from across the world will develop collaborative projects to showcase the contribution higher education institutions can make to achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Dr Alec Wersun, elected member of the PRME Advisory Committee, and Vice-Chair of PRME UK and Ireland, said: “The values that GCU holds and the work we do through our teaching, our research, and our partnerships, are built around our commitment to the Common Good and I am proud to represent GCU as we further develop our relationships and work together with like-minded institutions worldwide.”