Henley demonstrates strong progress towards the Principles for Responsible Management Education

22 January 2016

Henley demonstrates strong progress towards the Principles for Responsible Management Education

Two years on from signing up to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Henley has demonstrated its success and achievements towards these goals in its first regular PRME report.

Two years on from signing up to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Henley has demonstrated its success and achievements towards these goals in its first regular PRME report.

The PRME were devised in 2006/07 with the aim to 'inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally' and cover 6 principles: purposes, value, method, research, partnership and dialogue. The principles have grown in academic recognition and validation since being introduced and Henley is proud to support this initiative.

Amongst a variety of achievements and milestones, four key areas that Henley has developed to work towards the PRME include:

Developing future leaders

At the core of Henley’s philosophy is the need to develop managers and leaders for the future. We believe the challenge facing future leaders is the need to solve dilemmas through making choices.

The Business School is proud to be a member of PRME and share knowledge of its achievements in creating a research synergy around ethics and sustainability. This research has enabled provision of a learning environment that facilitates ethically aware graduates who are prepared for sustainable business governance and the responsible role of business in the national, regional and global economy in the years to come.

Responsibility and sustainability orientation

As a responsibility and sustainability oriented Business School, and part of one of the top globally recognised research-driven universities in the world, Henley values different forms and kinds of research from academics. Research on ethics, responsibility and sustainability is vast and a cross-departmental research seminar, the Henley Inter-disciplinary Sustainability Seminar (HISS), has also been introduced. This seminar series will disseminate research and facilitate cross-group synergies for research, teaching and outreach activity on ethics and sustainability.

Ethics/corporate responsibility in research and the curriculum

The PRME principles have been translated into Henley’s curriculum to ensure provision of an education that develops managers with an ethical capacity, a concern and capacity for integrity, sensitivity towards various forms of sustainability and ethical awareness, and a commitment to responsible business management for the prosperity of societies and the economy and not just the businesses involved. 

This has manifested in the form of course modules on ethics, responsibility and sustainability across the curriculum and engaging with business, alumni and broader stakeholders. A series of breakfast debates with a focus on ethics and responsibility have also been introduced. 

Henley also has research expertise in ethics that spans a number of topics: ethics and society, ethics and human development, ethics and ethical accounting/finance and responsible and ethical governance. 

Energy efficiency

As part of the University of Reading, one of Henley’s bases is on the no.1 campus environment in the United Kingdom, Whiteknights. Within the University of Reading’s formal certification by the British Carbon Trust Standard, the Business School building on the Whiteknights campus has achieved the highest rated display energy certificate (DEC) on the entire estate; in simple terms this means it is the most energy efficient school in the University of Reading, which itself is also recognised as one of the greenest campuses in the United Kingdom. This shows Henley’s principled effort towards a systematic reduction of carbon emissions and an enhanced quality of campus life, which enables students to see the value of sustainability.

Read the full Henley PRME report or visit the PRME website for further information about the principles.

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