HSB and UN to Sign Agreement Promoting Sustainable Management Education
Co-development of new data analytics dashboard will support PRME SDG Goals
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 10, 2017) — Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business (HSB) will announce a historic partnership with the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative on Thursday, Oct. 12. Both organizations will develop a new data analytics tool, the PRME SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) Dashboard, to assess business schools’ success in delivering socially and environmentally sustainable management education. The announcement will take place during the Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration’s 2017 conference, hosted at SJU from Oct. 11 to 13.
“Saint Joseph’s University and the Haub School of Business are deeply honored to participate in this partnership with the United Nations,” says HSB Dean Joseph DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70. “PRME’s choosing SJU speaks to our commitment to the global good and to the innovative work of our faculty and students.”
HSB joined the PRME initiative, comprised of over 670 academic institutions from more than 85 countries, in 2016, as an Advanced Signatory member. PRME is the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools. Core to its mission is a commitment to fulfilling the U.N.’s 17 SDGs, which outline an action plan for increasing global quality of life and environmental stewardship. The dashboard assesses business schools’ ability to meet the SDGs.
“When the international community adopted the SDGs in 2015, it was clear that success would require active engagement and participation by a diverse range of stakeholders,” says Jonas Haertle, head of PRME. “Business schools are key partners in helping achieve the global goals, as they are instrumental in shaping the mindsets and skills of future leaders, while producing research for a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. The PRME SDG Dashboard will allow us to quantify exactly how universities are engaging with the SDGs.”
Arrupe Center for Business Ethics Associate Director David Steingard, Ph.D., associate professor of management, says the dashboard “provides powerful analytics to business schools to assess their impact on educating future business leaders to positively affect humanity and the planet.”
The tool measures the participating business schools’ fulfillment of the SDGs based on their curriculum, academic research, community and global outreach, and campus integration of the goals, such as SJU’s green roofs and its movement toward becoming a plastic bottle-free campus.
“For businesses to fulfill these goals, the outcomes are often clear, like limiting your carbon footprint and paying employees a just wage,” says Steingard. “For universities, it is more nebulous, combining the work to transform your students’ perspectives, the research that supports the greater good, working in the world, and practicing what you preach on campus.”
DiAngelo, Steingard and Associate Dean Vana Zervanos ’07 (MBA) presented the PRME SDG Dashboard’s pilot results for 12 universities at PRME’s 2017 Global Forum on July 18 during a special session held for university presidents and business school deans from around the world.
The pilot study and its results were enthusiastically embraced by university leadership and faculty alike,” says Steingard, adding that HSB looks forward to its continued collaboration with PRME and hopes to offer the program to an additional 100 business schools worldwide in the coming year.
“Our values as a Jesuit, Catholic university strongly align with the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the global good,” says Zervanos. “The PRME SDG Dashboard allows us to hold ourselves and other business schools accountable for their success in fostering students’ care for local and global communities in the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.”