Responsible Leadership Initiative

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The Responsible Leadership Initiative promotes business as a force for good and demonstrates through practice and research how business can drive achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established in 2016 by the United Nations Global Compact. The Responsible Leadership Initiative is supported by the College’s core values of respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do.

The College introduced the Responsible Leadership Initiative in Fall 2017, after becoming an advanced signatory to Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and an associate member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) in Spring 2017. Both organizations are supported by AACSB, our international accrediting body, which advocates that colleges and schools of business teach business as a force for good throughout the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework and common language for educating students on how to create and lead responsible business initiatives that contribute value to workers, communities and the environment in addition to generating profits.

Interested in learning more about the Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world?



Learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by visiting the SDG website.

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Follow us on Snapchat at @KentStateCOBAPrime Time Thursdays: the sustainability Snapchat segment hosted by the College of Business Administration.PRiME Time Thursday takes over the College’s Snapchat every Thursday to highlight a sustainable development goal and how the business community is helping.

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Every Fall and Spring, the College offers The Business Case for Sustainability (MIS 44009).

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From India to France, the College of Business Administration offers a variety of education abroad experiences that focus on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.

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Net Impact is a new student organization dedicated to advancing and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Rennes, FranceInterested in learning about sustainable development in another country? The College of Business Administration offers a variety of education abroad experiences that focus on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.


India: Sustainability in Business: A Global Perspective

This three-credit course introduces you to environmental and social sustainability and how these global challenges are creating new markets, driving innovation and compelling organizations to adopt new models of doing business. The course offers a 10-day study abroad tour to India in January 2018, prior to the start of Spring semester.

Students will visit the cities of Pune and Delhi, with a stop by the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. The class will tour major international businesses as well as micro firms to learn about the business opportunities created by these global challenges.

France: International Experience in Sustainability

This interactive 11-day course in Rennes, France introduces you to sustainability through the international study of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). You will meet and collaborate with students from universities all over the world as you study in a city recognized for its leadership in sustainability. In addition to lectures, the learning experience includes guest speakers, business visits and sightseeing tours. The course will be offered from June 11-22, 2018.

Sustainable Sales and Marketing in Greece

This course examines sustainability programs employed by U.S. companies and compares them to similar programs in Greece. Implications for sales and marketing activities include examining promotional materials, sustainability programs related to product production and distribution as well as development, and discovering corporate long-term goals and objectives


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PRIME an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.Principles for Responsible Management Education

The College of Business Administration is an advanced signatory to Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME was developed in 2007 by university leadership from around the world in coordination with the United Nations and UN Global Compact. The mission of PRME is to promote the Sustainable Development Goals through business education and research. PRME is the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and Business Schools.

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The College of Business Administration is an associate member of Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI). The focus of GRLI is to develop and spread responsible leadership practices worldwide. GRLI believes that the UN Global Compact and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be adopted by all governments, corporations and individuals.

“Think big. Start small. Act now.”

Learn More About GRLI Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the premier accreditor of business colleges in the world. The College of Business Administration holds both the business and accounting accreditation. AACSB calls on business schools to “demonstrate a commitment to address, engage, and respond to current and emerging corporate social responsibility issues (e.g., diversity, sustainable development, environmental sustainability, globalization of economic activity across cultures) through its policies, procedures, curricula, research, and outreach activities.”

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Net Impact Student Organization


The College of Business Administration hosts a chapter of Net Impact, a student organization focused on sustainable development. Net Impact has over 100,000 members worldwide, all of whom are committed to tackling social issues, protecting the environment, inventing new products and orienting business toward the greater good.


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The College of Business Administration’s chapter of Net Impact offers a neutral, non-political, and non-religious, non-partisan platform for discussion on sustainability. We seek to strengthen action competence for sustainable development among tomorrow’s decision makers. To build competence, we promote awareness of and actions supporting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.




Tuesday Evenings at 5:30 PM,

Room 205,

Business Administration Building


Speaker events

Community service events

Partner with KSU sustainability-related student groups





Jessica Saralino

Vice President:

Kattie Hayden


Danielle Swiger


Scott Kaczor

Program Chair:

Taylor Jamison

Faculty Advisor:

Cathy DuBois, Ph.D.
Brandon Shields




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PRME Report

As an Advanced Signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations supported initiative, The College of Business Administration is required to publish a Sharing Information on Progress Report every two years. The report details the continued progress that the College makes towards incorporating responsible management and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The report is mission driven and reflects the core values of the College: respect, ethics, collaboration and a sense of purpose in all we do. This report serves as a strong foundation for the College’s evolving Responsible Leadership Initiative.


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SDGs in Action Application

The SDGs in Action app has been developed to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s to-do list to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change. Learn about the 17 SDGs, get news on your favorite goals, find out what you can do to achieve them, create your own events and invite other to join you in sustainable actions and events.


The Sobey School PRME Library

The Sobey School PRME Library is an online resource center of SDG-related teaching resources: books, journal, articles, videos, teaching games, simulations, case studies, student projects, newsfeeds pedagogical research and more. Content is organized by business discipline and resource type, and can be refined further by specific topic areas.


Blueprint for business leadership on the SDGs

The objective of this online tool is to spur readers to think in innovative, creative, and ambitious ways about how their own companies can become sustainability leaders. The Blueprint illustrates how the five leadership qualities of ambitions, collaboration, accountability, consistency and intentionality can be applied to a business' strategy, business model, products, supply chain, partnerships and operations to raise the bar and create impact at scale.


The World Bank SDGs Data Catalog

Relevant indicators drawn from the World Development Indicators, reorganized according to the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Explore 1,000+ student-written stories about businesses that are both profitable and positive. Every one of these stories showcases a successful business innovation that also helps achieve one or more of the UN Global Goals. Browse the world's largest resource for inspiring, positive business innovation stories. 


Open SDGs Datahub

The Open SDGs Data Hub promotes the exploration, analysis, and use of authoritative SDG data sources for evidence-based decision-making and advocacy. Its goal is to enable data providers, managers and users to discover, understand, and communicate patterns and interrelationships in the wealth of SDG data and statistics that are now available.


Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects 2018

The 2018 report is the second substantive assessment of progress in implementing the Financing for Development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The assessment draws on the expertise, analysis and data from almost 60 agencies and international institutions.


Women Empowerment Gender Pay gap analysis

The Women’s Empowerment Principles gender Gap Analysis tool is a business-driven tool designed to help companies from around the world assess gender equality performance across the workplace, marketplace and community.


Transforming Partnerships for the SDGs

In this year’s Special Edition of the UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study, the world’s largest program of CEO research on sustainability, attention is focused on transforming partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Certified B-Corporation

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.


Future Aspirations

The following actions, which have been identified as initiatives for the next two years, will facilitate expanding our reach and deepening our commitment to realizing the goals of PRME and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Deepening Our Commitment

  • Create Undergraduate Responsible Leadership Certificate
  • Commit to LEED Gold or better status for new COBA building
  • Obtain donor funds & grant funds to support RLI
  • Conduct COBA materiality assessment
  • Activate faculty and staff sustainability committees
  • Host twice weekly meditation sessions in COBA building
  • Strengthen membership and increase activities of Net Impact
  • Integrate SDGs into Digital Measures for faculty research reporting
  • Activate partnership with NBMBAA

Expanding Our Reach

  • Present our progress at the Fall 2018 AASHE Conference
  • Hold a Global Goals Week speaker series event
  • Collaborate across-campus for SDGs and sustainability minor
  • Global Management Center sustainability-focused initiatives:
    • Create a Council of Responsible Enterprise with area organizations
    • Host a Corporate Sustainability Circle for area organizations
    • Initiate offerings of services/education to support sustainability-related initiatives of area organizations
    • Increased collaboration with corporate sustainability professionals
  • Cohost PRME North America 2019 with Case Western Reserve University



The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is a preferred professional development partner organization of the College of Business Administration. 

For more information and to become a member, visit