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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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oikos Kent 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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oikos Kent Student Organization LogoStarting Fall 2017, the College of Business Administration has a new student organization focused on sustainable development called oikos Kent. oikos was founded in St. Gallen Switzerland 30 years ago and has over 45 chapters around the world. The College of Business Administration’s chapter is one of three chapters in the United States.



oikos Kent 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,
in Room 205,
Business Administration Building


  • Speaker events
  • Community service events
  • Partner with KSU sustainability-related student groups
  • Partner with oikos Penn and oikos NYC on an event


  • President:
    Jessica Saralino
  • Vice President:
    Kattie Hayden
  • Secretary:
    Danielle Swiger
  • Treasurer:
    Scott Kaczor
  • Program Chair:
    Taylor Jamison
  • Faculty Advisor:
    Dr. Cathy DuBois

Learn More About oikos INTERNATIONAL

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For more information about the College of Business Administration’s Responsible Leadership Initiative, please contact us.


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