PRME Global Forum Returns in June 2023 for a Dedicated Edition on Connecting for Impact Worldwide

The Principles for Responsible Management Education will gather business school leaders, faculty, students, businesses and sustainable development organizations for a Responsible Management Education Week, on 12 – 16 June 2023, in New York (USA), to advance responsible management education and its impact worldwide. The 11th Edition of PRME Global Forum will be part of this week, taking place on 13 – 14 June 2023, hosted by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. While creating a place for the PRME community to gather, the event also invites partnering organizations to the stage to help live out the theme “Connecting for Impact Worldwide”. With multiple launches, surprises, and developments, PRME’s first in-person Global Forum since 2017 is sure to change the state of management education, with surrounding events to make up a full week of impact. The NBS Sustainability Centres Community and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative will complement the discussions, co-hosting a disruptive, dedicated day on systemic change for sustainability on 15 June 2023.

New York, 28 February 2023 – We are midway towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The nature of leading businesses is changing, from the exclusive focus on economic wealth generation, to encompass a more holistic purpose, with leaders expected to leverage businesses as a vehicle for solving the environmental and social challenges the world is facing. The global call for a redefinition of business success accentuates how educational institutions have a huge responsibility to prepare and train responsible and accountable leaders to rise to the global challenges in integrated and innovative ways.

With a dynamic program and inspirational world class speakers, the 2023 edition of PRME Global Forum will bring a global debate on how business education can help advance the sustainable development agenda worldwide. In addition to taking stock of PRME’s growth over the last year and highlighting the ongoing advances of the PRME community, the 2023 Global Forum will focus on impact across various session themes.

“Bringing the World into Business Schools” will mark the first day of the 2023 PRME Global Forum (13 June), inviting all participants to connect for pedagogical impact, centered on how currently pedagogies need to be adapted to equip effective leaders with the holistic, thoughtful, and dynamic view the world currently needs. The afternoon will be reserved to connect for climate impact, putting climate change – one of the biggest challenges of our time – at the center of the discussion, highlighting the importance of climate education, as part of management programs to reverse our climate’s current trajectory.

“Bringing business schools out into the world” will be at the center of the discussions of the second day of the 2023 PRME Global Forum (14 June), starting with connecting for digital impact, in a dialogue focused on how can business schools take advantage of the technological revolution to scale their impact at a global scale, while promoting digital fluency and innovative skills for digital leadership accessible to all. The day will close with an agenda focused on connecting for leadership impact, setting the tone for a more human-driven and accountable models of leadership the world is asking for, with the announcement of new commitments and strategies for current and future leaders.

On both days of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, several breakout sessions hosted by purpose-driven partners will also be taking place. The NBS Sustainability Centres Community and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative will gather global leaders of business school sustainability centres to discuss their role as agents of change, and exchange knowledge on addressing grand challenges. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, a leader and innovator in the ESG and Responsible Business space, will lead an interactive session on “Academy and Scholarly Research Contributing to Moving Forward Societal Impact”. Cornell SJ Johnson College of Business will hold the workshop Evolving Management Education to Meet the Moment: Approaching Energy Transitions, Climate, ESG, Circularity, and Over-tourism, to understand how to help students effectively navigate the shifting terminology of the social and environmental issues that are challenging today’s business environment. This session will share the approach utilized at Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business across various residential, non-residential executive, and online educational programs, which emphasizes experiential learning and collaborative partnerships to prepare students and professionals to be effective managers who can respond to our most challenging social and environmental issues. The day will close with a reception at the UN Headquarters, open to all participants of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, partners and PRME community.

In anticipation of the 2023 PRME Global Forum, a PRME international community gathering will take place on 12 June, with several dedicated sessions about the PRME community’s work and advances. It will include not only strategic meetings and social moments, but also interactive sessions, such as the (i5) workshop, a disruptive learning program that brings novelty to SDG leadership education by focusing on pedagogical approaches that make sustainable development the norm for responsible management education and leadership in business education.

On 15 June, the NBS Sustainability Centres Community will join again the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative to host the next day of Responsible Management Education Week. It will be a full-day interactive workshop on how to drive system change for sustainability. Participants will discuss systems change projects, aiming to increase connection and collaboration across business schools and other stakeholders.

On 16 June, an event hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and supported by the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing, will gather high-level participants (by invitation only) for an exclusive conversation on the ESGs – Environmental, Social and Governance standards – in business school research and education. Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and The Center for Humanistic Management will co-host an impactful conversation during the morning of the same day on “Transforming Business Education at Fordham University”, bringing key stakeholders of the business education universe together including business organizations, academic institutions, as well as ranking and rating groups along with students, media and other partners.

Together, educational players hold the power to transform the management education landscape to develop and grow more locally and globally responsible managers. The 2023 Edition will be the first in-person forum since 2017, and its plenaries will also be broadcasted online to participants worldwide.

This year’s forum welcomes the support of AACSB InternationalCesim – Business SimulationsCornell SJ Johnson College of BusinessGabelli School of Business – Fordham UniversityHoffmann Institute for Business and Society (INSEAD), MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, Network for Business SustainabilityPlymouth Business SchoolUnited Nations Global Compact and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with more partners to be announced soon. All together in an action-oriented space to connect and build avenues for impactful collaboration worldwide.