College of Business Co-Hosts UN PRME North America Regional Meeting



Kent State University’s College of Business Administration and Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit co-hosted the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) North America 5th Regional Meeting at Case Western Reserve University this June.


During the event, leaders in academia, business and nonprofit sectors shared best practice on how institutions and organizations are effectively using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to influence decisions. With a focus on partnerships, attendees from three countries and 13 states developed strategies for leveraging the SDGs to achieve responsible management practices across educational programming, business practices and strategic partnerships.


“The event was a great opportunity to network and be inspired by colleagues working to advance the SDGs in business education,” said Cathy L.Z. DuBois, associate dean for graduate and online programs at the College of Business Administration. “In addition, it provided an opportunity for those in the business community to discuss potential future partnerships.”


The keynote speaker for the first day of the event was Jens Molbak, founder of WinWin and Coinstar, who discussed the use of a data-driven “tri-sector” approach to align resources in private, social and public sectors to generate superior societal and financial outcomes. Molbak also offered workshops on the approach to those in attendance.


Keynote speaker for the second day of the event was Chris Laszlo, Ph.D., professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Laszlo discussed sustainability as a business opportunity and how environmental and social risks can be used as drivers of innovation and greater employee engagement.


In addition to keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking events, the meeting also included a “Partnerships for the Goals” panel featuring leaders and sustainability managers from several Cleveland-area organizations. Organizations represented included KeyBank, Business Volunteers Unlimited, the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Cleveland Foundation and EPOCH Pi.


This event served to further promote the Kent State College of Business Administration’s Responsible Leadership Initiative which launched in 2017. The initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 SDGs. The Responsible Leadership Initiative is supported by the College’s core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose.


“The launch of the Responsible Leadership Initiative reflected the College’s commitment to teach business as a force for good. The initiative highlights the considerable array of published research by our faculty related to the Sustainable Development Goals,” said College of Business Administration Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D.


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POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:34am