Principal attends UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

19 September 2013

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Professor Pamela Gillies CBE

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE is to attend the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in New York this week.

Professor Gillies and Professor Karen Stanton, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for International & External Relations, will join chief executives, civil society leaders, and politicians from around the world at the summit to unveil a new global architecture for corporate sustainability.

Professor Gillies said: “The values promoted by the UN Global Compact initiative chime with those long held by the University. At GCU we believe in equality of opportunity, good citizenship, partnership, responsible management, good governance and accessibility. I look forward to working with other leaders to explore how such principles can be applied to make the global marketplace a more socially and economically inclusive place.”

GCU joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world in August. The UNGC brings together like-minded organisations under the UN umbrella to ensure that business, as a primary driver of globalisation, can help guide markets, commerce, technology and finance to advance in ways that work for the overall benefit of economies and societies worldwide.

GCU was the first Scottish university to join leading companies such as Burberry, BT and Unilever in the global movement. Its membership of the UNGC builds on the work underway to embed the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) across the University. PRME is a closely-linked UN initiative.

GCU became a signatory to PRME in January 2012 and is changing the way business is taught and viewed across the University to ensure that the leaders of tomorrow are better equipped to manage the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.