Responsible Management Education to achieve Agenda 2030

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Open Government

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

[[From: David Dunsheath <>
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Hi John,

Preparations for our next Transparency Times newsletter (early September edition) are gathering momentum.

Would you please indicate whether you wish to comment / enhance the attached draft article (v1) by mid next week.

Many thanks, David]]


The United Nations’ six Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative aims to transform business and management education, research, and thought-leadership globally, to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It aims to support academic institutions to ensure they provide future leaders with the understanding and skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, for delivering change tomorrow.

PRME is an initiative of the UN Global Compact, with six New Zealand signatories. Each is committed  to providing 2-yearly progress reporting for international sharing of information on progress.

At the centre of PRME is SDG target 4.7 – to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

Six principles

The six principles of PRME for education sector signatories are:

  1. Purpose: To develop 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.
  2. Values: To 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
  3. Method: To create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
  4. Research: To 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.
  5. Partnership: To 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
  6. Dialogue: To 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.

SDG-16 and ethical leadership

Of particular interest to Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is PRME’s focus on SDG-16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

By way of example, PRME’s first New Zealand signatory, Victoria University of Wellington’s Business School, has identified six SDGs including SDG-16, to be closely linked with the second principle of Values. It’s recent PRME progress report places significant emphasis on further development and practice of ethical leadership. This it argues, must stave off complacency arising from New Zealand’s consistently high Corruptions Perceptions Index, its geographical isolation, etc. We are clearly facing substantial new risks to the country’s integrity not only from domestic but also internationally-linked corruption, together with changing outlooks on corruption, that we must not be naive about. The terms ‘ethics’ and ‘ethical leadership’ are also peppered throughout the narratives under the other PRME values reported.

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