In 2012, the UCLouvain signed the "Statement of the Higher education for the sustainable development of RIO+20" and made a commitment to:
- teach the concepts of sustainable development;
- encourage the research on the subject;
- making the university sites responsible in greening (reduce the environmental footprint, ensure the sustainability criteria for purchases, find solutions of sustainable mobility, reduce its waste and manage the recycling);
- support the efforts of sustainable development with the neighboring entities;
- share the results of these initiatives.
Since then, an ambitious strategy regarding the sustainable development and corporate social responsibility was born. It concerns three missions of the University: the education, the research and the service to the society (for more details - > www.uclouvain.be/developpement-durable.html).
To be at the forefront of this strategic evolution of the UCLouvain, the Louvain School of Management, via its Louvain CSR network, has for ambition to support the young women and men as well as practitioners willing to place the responsible leadership and the sustainable production and consumption at the heart of their vision, their learnings and their attitudes.
In order to acheive this, it applies the 6 PRME Principles for a Responsible Management Education.
6 PRME Principles for a Responsible Management Education.
The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.
The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.
In the current academic environment, corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. The PRME are therefore a timely global call for business schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities.
Taking the Six Principles as a guiding framework, any institution which is willing to integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability in a gradual but systemic manner is welcome to join the initiative.
By the adoption of those principles, our School objective is to 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. We try as much as possible to incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility by offering educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership. This is notably done through different courses related to Corporate Social Responsibility and the launch of the Philippe de Woot Award for the best Master project-thesis on CSR.
You will find below all LSM Progress Reports about PRME:
As a result, those principles guide the values and philosophy of the Louvain Shool of Management and are listed hereafter:
Principle 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.
Principle 2 - Values:
We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as United Nations Global Impact.
Principle 3 - Method:
We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
Principle 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.
Principle 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.
Principle 6 - Dialogue:
We will facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability