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In June 2008, the Kemmy Business School signed up to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education initiative (PRME), becoming the first Irish business school to do so. The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century. The mission is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.
In KBS, we take the six principles of PRME as a guiding framework, and aim to progress their implementation within the School.

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The PRME principles are as follows:

  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 international initiatives such as the United Nations 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 corporations 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 dialog 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.

As well as implementing PRME within the School and with our stakeholder group, KBS have engaged with the wider PRME community through our membership of the steering committee of the PRME Regional Chapter for the UK and Ireland, and more recently through our membership of the PRME Champions group.

The representatives of PRME Champion institutions have made an ambitious commitment to work collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers to making responsible management education a reality. Initially, the PRME Champions group will work to refine what leadership means in the space of responsible management education, identify criteria for recognition of progress, and lay out a roadmap for continuous improvement by all in the PRME community.

The KBS will be particularly focussed on the work of the PRME Champions in the areas of research and curriculum development. This aligns with the commitment in our mission statement to excellence in teaching and to fostering knowledge and understanding of business and society within a diverse, research-active and socially engaged environment.