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The importance of ethics, sustainability and social responsibility in business education

UniSA Business is deeply committed to embedding the principles of sustainability, ethics and social responsibility into our teaching and research, and to exemplifying these values in our organisational practices.

We understand our students are the leaders of tomorrow, therefore all UniSA Business programs are designed to develop graduates who are committed to ethical action and social responsibility as professionals and citizens. Course materials, case studies and assignments are designed to inform and develop the capabilities of our students to balance economic and sustainability goals.

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PRME: A framework for teaching business responsibly

Since 2011 UniSA Business has been a signatory to the United Nations-supported initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). 

This initiative brings together a global network of universities and business schools that have made a commitment to teaching, research, and thought leadership in support of the universal values of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics.

The PRME also provides a framework to strengthen the alignment of this work with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs provide a blueprint for all countries to improve the lives and prospects of everyone around the world through building economic growth and addressing a range of social needs including education, health, social equality, and job opportunities, alongside a commitment to protecting the planet.

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The Six Principles

The Six Principles for Responsible Management Education were developed in 2007 by an international task force of 60 deans, university presidents and official representatives of leading business schools and academic institutions.

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.

2  |  Values

We will incorporate into our academic activities, curricula, and organisational practices the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

3  |  Method

We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.

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.

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.

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.

UniSA Business’s Sharing Information on Progress Report 2020

A central commitment of any institution participating in the PRME initiative is to regularly share information with its stakeholders on the progress made in implementing the Six Principles through the Sharing Information on Progress (SIP). As a key integrity measure, the SIP's main objective is to serve as a public vehicle for information on responsible management education. In addition, the SIP can be an effective tool for facilitating stakeholder dialogue and a learning community among signatories.

UniSA Business is pleased to submit our SIP report as a statement of our commitment to the United Nations PRME.  This document details our progress in implementing the Six Principles and Sustainable Development Goals for 2018-2019.

 


Download report  (.pdf 8.23MB)

UniSA’s PRME lead

Sukhbir Sandhu
Senior Lecturer, UniSA Business
EM4-31, City West Campus

Dr Sukhbir Sandhu is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Ethics at the University of South Australia. Dr Sandhu has a PhD in Strategy (Environmental Strategies of Firms) from Lincoln University, New Zealand. Dr Sandhu has published more than 50 research outputs in leading management and sustainability journals. She has also authored highly cited books on social and environmental sustainability. Her research on organisational sustainability has been recognised by the prestigious Research Impact on Practice Award from the Network for Business Sustainability.

Dr Sandhu has also won numerous awards for her research and teaching and has been elected to the leadership track at the Organisations and Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management. The Academy of Management is one of the biggest professional associations in management with 20,000 members in over 120 countries. Dr Sandhu serves as UniSA Business lead for the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).