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January 19, 2024 2:12 PM

School of Business named to elite global group for sustainability work

On January 17, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, named Conestoga’s School of Business to the 2024-25 PRME Champion cohort. 

This marks the second time the School of Business will join PRME Champions, an elite group of close to 50 business and management schools throughout the globe.

This marks the second time the School of Business will join this group of close to 50 business and management schools throughout the globe who work collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers for the PRME community.

PRME is a collegial learning community consisting of more than 800 signatory members that aims to raise the profile of sustainability in schools worldwide. This term’s cohort of PRME Champions includes three other Canadian institutions.

"It’s truly an honour, and a testament to our passion, for our School of Business to be chosen as a PRME Champion after a competitive application process that is based on stringent criteria. I echo our collective enthusiasm across 47 institutions in our dedication to PRME through collaborative projects,” said Dr. Michelle Grimes, executive dean, School of Business.

“Our mission is clear: to empower future business leaders with skills that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the business realm. We are excited to push sustainability boundaries, shaping business leaders who passionately contribute to positive change."

The 2024-25 Champions will focus on an array of initiatives, such as the curation of content to contribute to PRME Commons - the upcoming digital space for accountability, exchanges and learning between members of the PRME community. Additional outputs from the Champions Programme will be determined by the cohort’s collaborative agenda, and the PRME community eagerly anticipates high impact from the group.

In addition to being named as a PRME Champion twice, other highlights for the School of Business since joining PRME in 2020 include the launch of a carbon literacy micro-credential, recognition with an award of excellence for the college’s first Sharing Information on Progress Report, and participation in International Carbon Literacy Action Day.

Students in the School of Business also participate in PRME Global Students, an organization that fosters student interaction across institutions and countries and empowers action on the sustainability agenda.

Conestoga’s School of Business provides numerous opportunities and pathways to complete, specialize or expand business education through full- or part-time studies. Its programs reflect today’s business needs across a wide range of credentials from apprenticeships, one-year certificates, two- and three-year advanced diplomas, to graduate certificates and degree opportunities that include multiple specializations.