PRME -UN Principles for Responsible Management Education

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Hanken was the first university in Finland to be accepted as a member to and to sign the principles of responsible management education - PRME. The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the first organised relationship between the United Nations (UN) and business schools. The mission of PRME is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

The six PRME principles are:

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 the United Nations Global Compact.

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 dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability. 

More information on PRME and the principles can be found at


Hanken as a PRME Champion School

In 2013 Hanken was selected as one of 30 schools globally to become a PRME Champion Institution. PRME Champions are institutions have made an ambitious commitment to work collaboratively to develop responsible management education. The PRME Champions group works to refine what leadership means in the space of responsible management education, identify criteria for recognition of progress, and lay out a roadmap for continuous improvement by all in the PRME community. The group has also pledged to engage PRME more actively with United Nations agencies, funds, and programmes, as well as participant companies of the UN Global Compact. Hanken continued as a PRME champions School for the 2016-17 cycle and currently for the 2018-19 cycle.

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PRME Nordic Regional Chapter 


Chapter Hanken held the position of the secretariat for the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Nordic Regional Chapter until 8 October 2016. The position was passed on to Stockholm School of Economics.

The PRME Nordic Chapter currently comprises of 11 member institutions (Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences; Aalto University School of Business; Copenhagen Business School; Hanken School of Economics; Jönköping International Business School; Lund University School of Economics and Management; JAMK University of Applied Sciences; Reykjavik University School of Business; Stockholm School of Economics,Turku School of Economics, University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law).

The goals of the PRME Chapter Nordic are to:

  • Provide a platform suited for collaboration and sharing experiences, promoting a mutual dialogue, support, learning and promotion of activities linked to the PRME Principles as well as addressing issues of mutual interest and concern within the Nordic context.
  • Increase the visibility of PRME and its signatories in the Nordic region and use the Global Compact Office and Global Compact Nordic Local Network for future collaboration and activities.
  • Promote the PRME initiative throughout the Nordic academic community as well as worldwide.

Nordic PRME chapter representatives from CBS, Hanken and Reykjavik receiving PRME reporting awards at the 6th PRME Assembly (23-24 June, 2015, New York)

Nordic PRME chapter representatives from CBS, Hanken and Reykjavik receiving PRME reporting awards at the 6th PRME Assembly (23-24 June, 2015, New York) (Photo Credit: UN Global Compact / Akinwande Ayeni)


PRME Nordic Chapter meeting held in April 2017 at Hanken in progress, discussing future collaborative initiatives (Photo Credit: Sanchi Maheshwari/ Hanken School of Economics)


PRME Nordic initiative- common Ph.D. course in  CSR and Sustainability in the Nordic context. Here in the picture, the third module held at Hanken in April 2017 is in progress! (Picture credit: Sanchi Maheshwari/Hanken School of Economics)


More information about PRME Regional Chapters can be found at



Martin Fougère, Associate Professor in Politics and Business, Department of Management and Organisation



Nikodemus Solitander, Sinituote Postdoctoral Researcher in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility



Sanchi Maheshwari, PRME Coordinator