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The PRME Chapter UK and Ireland warmly welcomes the new QAA Benchmark Statements for Business and Management Degrees (UG and PG) published on 8 March 2023.

QAA Benchmark Statements are intended to articulate the standards to be expected of successful graduates in Business and Management within UK Higher Education Institutions. As such, they are critical reference points for all curriculum planning and review. The new Statements (updating the 2019 versions) significantly expand and strengthen expectations in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, education for sustainable development, and enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

The section on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is introduced as follows:

'The discipline can contribute towards the achievement of the responsible and sustainable development as described by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, partly in terms of disciplinary content, and partly via disciplinary method (see QAA and Advance HE’s Education for Sustainable Development Guidance, 2021). More specifically, Business and Management courses can draw on the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) to develop the capabilities of students so that they become future generators of sustainable value for business and society as well as work towards a sustainable global economy.'

Professor Petra Molthan-Hill,member of the Benchmark Review Advisory Group and Co-Chair of the PRME Working Group on Climate and the Environment has commented, 'I am so pleased that the new Statements explicitly state that sustainable management is a requirement for planetary survival and recommends that future managers and business leaders are equipped to engage meaningfully with, and respond to, climate challenges in order to embed climate solutions in all business functions and processes.'

Also welcoming the new Statements, Dr Jonathan Louw, Chair of the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland, has noted that the explicit reference in the Statement to the United Nations PRME confirms the central role that PRME can play in the Business School sector's engagement with ESD. He adds, 'this will not only encourage existing PRME advocates in their endeavours but also draw the attention of Schools not yet engaged to the myriad of ways that the PRME network can support them in embedding Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability in their curricula, research and public engagement'.

The QAA Benchmark Statements can be found HERE

The PRME Chapter UK and Ireland website can be found HERE

The PRME Global website can be found HERE

The PRME Working Group on Climate and the Environment website can be found HERE

Information about the PRME Chapter UK and Ireland

The PRME Chapter UK and Ireland is one of 17 Regional Chapters of the global United Nations PRME movement (established 2007). All Chapters are joined in a collective mission to transform management education and develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development. Globally, PRME has over 800 Higher Education Institutions as signatories, including 105 in the UK and Ireland.

Established in 2013, the UKI Chapter is led by a ten person Steering Committee elected by the membership. The Chapter seeks to nurture a mutually supportive community of committed responsible management educators and researchers. Members benefit from a Chapter-wide event programme, an annual conference and doctoral colloquium, seven Local Networks each with its own event schedule, and three annual, Chapter wide competitions focused on Innovative Pedagogies, Responsible Management Research and Student Writing.

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