FBE and MBS receive recognition for exceptional UN PRME reporting

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the United Nations supporting sustainability in business and management education and research, have awarded a prize to the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), University of Melbourne, and Melbourne Business School (MBS) for their 2023 PRME Report.

FBE and MBS were joint recipients of an award for 2024 Recognition of Excellence in Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Reporting, alongside Worcester Business School (UK) and LUT University (Finland).

FBE staff with PRME award
Miranda Yang, Andrew Shortridge and Jennifer Jordan

The prize was given in the Emerging Reports category for schools that have submitted between two and four SIP Reports. There were 168 reports submitted, from business schools around the world, in the award period.

The judging panel commented on the report: “The jury felt that this report was very engaging and easy to read, with a good balance between depth and readability. The report clearly outlines measurable impacts of the institution’s sustainability efforts, backed by data indicating a strong commitment to accountability and transparency. Several members of the jury commented on the alternative and innovative measurements ideas for impact.”

Mr Andrew Shortridge, senior manager, accreditation, who led the report’s production, said the report is important for outlining FBE and MBS’s commitment to the UN’s sustainability goals, as joint signatories to PRME.

“It is rewarding to know others are able to learn about our aspirations and activities through a report that communicates complex data and gives transparency, while being easy to navigate and read,” he said. “The report takes account of teaching, research, and partnerships and engagement at FBE and MBS, as well as strategy and operations, all through the lens of sustainability.”

“I’d like to thank my team – Miranda Yang, Jennifer Jordan and former team member Diego Machillanda Flechas – as well as many colleagues who worked with us, including Daniel Cole, Carmody Forbes, and Charles Jackson, and academic and professional staff at FBE and MBSL who contributed their stories, advice, and expertise to the report”, said Mr Shortridge. “It was a collective effort, and we are very happy to receive this recognition from PRME.”

Professor Paul Kofman, Dean of FBE, said, “As signatories to PRME, it is important that our faculty communicates our research, projects and teaching initiatives that contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goals to the wider community. This cannot be done without clear and concise reporting. I thank Andrew and his team for their work.”

Professor Jenny George, Dean of Melbourne Business School, said PRME helped ensure the School continued to advance in these areas.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that business has an instrumental role to play when it comes to solving these global challenges,” she said.

“As educators in this field, it is therefore critical that we are not only committed to these principles, but we are transparent about our progress both within our own community and the broader PRME network.”

See the PRME announcement and links to the reports from all prize-winners.

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