The annual meet of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) India Chapter was held on 10th of December. PRME, a United Nations initiative, sees itself as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world. The theme for this year’s meet was ‘Partnering to Build Sustainable Futures”. The meet was hosted by Dr. Chandrika Parmar, faculty SPJIMR who is the current chair of PRME India chapter. The meeting saw 267 participants from 67 institutions represented. Among those who attended were Dr Mette Morsing Head of UN PRME and Alec Wersun, Member UN PRME Governing Chapter Council. The meet included 31 Deans from management schools; Regional chapter chairs of UK and Ireland Chapter Dr Jonathan Louw; Africa chapter chair Professor Sherwat Elwam Ibrahim and Australia and New Zealand chapter chair Professor Belinda Gibbons.
UN PRME equips today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. It is a framework for the gradual, systemic change in business schools to inspire and champion responsible management education and sustainability mindset.
Speaking on the theme of the chapter, several speakers spoke about the need to collaborate and cooperate to deal with wicked problems- ecological, social and economic- to tip outcomes in favour of more sustainable outcomes. As Mette Morsing said “Language of success has to be the language of partnership”. Her address was followed by a Dean’s panel wherein Deans and Directors from Goa Institute of Management, TAPMI, Great Lakes, IIM Ranchi and SPJIMR agreed that collaboration must be a part of our DNA to achieve higher sustainable goals. The panel proposed various innovative ideas like a UN approved certificate program on sustainability and PRME Fest to showcase social projects and share best practices. The meet also saw panels on Positive Impact rating; Mapping Sustainable Development Goal via SDG Dashboard and Discussion faculty and Dean’s of several management schools on inculcating sustainability mindset in participants of management schools.