University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has been selected as one of the 38 global business schools that will be part of the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) for the 2018-19 Champions Cycle. PRME officially announced the 2018-2019 Champion schools at the Global 100 Executive Roundtable in Davos, Switzerland on January 23, 2018, coinciding with the World Economic Forum.
The Champion’s Cycle centres on developing the next generation of leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to attain the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over 40 academic leaders and corporate executives – including deans from top business schools and chief executives from leading businesses gathered for the round-table dinner, to discuss gaps in today’s business and management education.
To be considered as a PRME Champion business schools need to be committed to contributing to future leadership development through responsible management education as outlined in the United Nations sustainable development agenda. Champion schools who are recognised as a thought or action leader in the responsible management community receive preferred access for their students to internship and volunteer opportunities with the PRME Secretariat and Global Compact, exclusive access to Global Compact meetings, and are recognised as a PRME Ambassador.
The recognition of GIBS as a business school that leads in responsible management education adds to the school’s growing accolades as Africa’s preeminent business school. GIBS Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn who attended the event said, “We are delighted to be recognised as a PRME Champion. In a world of growing inequality, we believe that business schools have a vital role to play in fostering business behaviour that drives inclusive growth.”
GIBS recognises that to solve global ills such as poverty, climate change and inequality, businesses need to play a pivotal role. Through responsible management education, the school will continue to develop students to become future leaders who emphasise the sustainable value for business and society alike.