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Future of Business Education Research Series - Education for Sustainable Development and Responsibility in Canadian Business Schools

01 Mar 2021 10:00 AM | Pierre-Jean Darres (Administrator)

This study evaluates the degree to which Canadian business schools have advanced the implementation of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in comparison to global leaders (PRME Champions). Reis and Neto’s (2020) analytical framework was used to evaluate 41 Sharing Information Process (SIP) reports, published by 26 PRME Champions and 16 Canadian PRME signatories.

The results show that wide gaps exists between the practices of PRME Champions and those of Canadian business schools. Out of the 6 PRME principles, the ‘VALUES’ principle presents the largest gap (44%), followed by the ‘RESEARCH’ principle and the ‘PURPOSE’ principle.

To close the identified gaps, this report presents a set of best practices from PRME Champions that Canadian business schools can implement in a phased approach. In addition, overall recommendations for Business Schools Association of Canada (BSAC) and its members are presented to further advance Canadian business schools' ability to embed sustainability. These recommendations include, (1) providing resources to its members to embed sustainability throughout their programs based on best practices, (2) creating a national student/faculty PRME consulting committee to review BSAC members’ PRME reports before they are published, and (3) developing performance management tools that collect and amalgamate the performance data across the PRME principles for all BSAC members.

This study prepared by Houston Peschl (Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary) with the collaboration of Ilyup Sug, Emma Ripka and Sara Canizales (University of Calgary), was supported by BSAC and funded through its grant competition program.

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