About The Project

GRLI is a co-convenor, a member of the Steering Committee and an active supporter of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

As co-convener of the original PRME task force, GRLI played an instrumental role in developing the set of Six Principles that today form the foundation of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and works in close co-operation with the PRME Secretariat to drive awareness of the Principles as well as joint impact and advocacy projects such as the 50+20 Agenda.

The GRLI and PRME jointly host an AACSB Affinity Group on Responsible Management Education.

Since the inception of the UN-backed PRME initiative in 2007, there has been increased debate over how to adapt management education to train a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex demands faced by business and society in the 21st century. While the Six Principles provide a guiding framework, no one school has yet to successfully demonstrate broad scale implementation. The Rio Declaration of the 2012 PRME Global Forum included a call from the PRME community for the creation of a leadership group.


In 2013, PRME launched a two-year pilot group of experienced and engaged PRME signatories committed to working collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers to making broad scale implementation of sustainability principles a reality. In this 2016-2017 formal phase, as leaders in the space of responsible management education, PRME Champions will undertake advanced tasks and game changing projects that respond to systemic challenges faced by the PRME community, as well as to key issues identified by the United Nations and the UN Global Compact.

The 2016-2017 phase is co-facilitated together with the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI).


The mission of the PRME Champions group is to contribute to thought and action leadership on responsible management education in the context of the United Nations sustainable development agenda.

In so doing, PRME Champions commit to:

  • Work collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.
  • Serve the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD, and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.
  • Contribute to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.


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The Organisations

The People

Jonas Haertle

Head of PRME Secretariat - UNGC

Nikolay Ivanov

Coordinator, PRME Champions and Working Groups at PRME Secretariat - UNGC

John North

Managing Director - GRLI