Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

In 2011, Clark GSOM became a signatory to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, strengthening its commitment to education, research, and collaboration that fosters sustainable social, economic, and environmental change.

Our commitment to PRME remains strong, as today, GSOM is one of only seven PRME signatory business schools in Massachusetts.

The six PRME principles are infused throughout our business school activities and program curriculum.

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 organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.

Key Highlights

  • A group of Clark students traveled with Professor John Dobson to Bogotá, Colombia, to work with a nonprofit organization that helps impoverished women feed their families by growing produce.
  • The first PRME Alumni Award was presented in May 2017 to GSOM alumna Linda Cavaioli, for embodying the principles of ethical behavior and social responsibility in her work as Executive Director of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts and through volunteer activities in the city.
  • In the MSA. curriculum, the Financial Accounting and Reporting II course includes discussions on current events and accounting standards to emphasize the importance of ethics and integrity in the accounting profession.
  • Faculty members representing every discipline have done research related to environmental sustainability issues, and two faculty members are directly involved in work related to economic development and furthering entrepreneurship in less-developed countries.