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The Seven Principles


As institutions of higher education, we prepare people to serve society and safeguard our planet with their work in and for organizations. Grounded in the principles of sustainable development, we believe that all people have the right to live with dignity and to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Responsible management education, therefore, seeks to develop people who will help their organizations create inclusive prosperity while promoting freedom, justice, and peace within regenerative and resilient natural ecosystems.

To be responsible is to be attentive to impact and time. Responsible decision makers look forward and back as they live in the moment. Looking ahead, they are responsible not just to current and future generations but to all life on the planet. Looking back, they are accountable for their actions, those taken and those avoided.

And so, with enthusiasm, we join a worldwide community of like-minded educational institutions to promote our aspirations, document our initiatives, share our lessons learned, and help each other address our challenges. By embracing these seven principles, we hope to inspire and enable a better world through responsible management practices.

The Seven Principles

Principle 1 Purpose

We advance responsible management education to foster inclusive prosperity in a world of thriving ecosystems.

Principle 2 Values

We place organizational responsibility and accountability to society and the planet at the core of what we do.

Principle 3 Teach

We transform our learning environments by integrating responsible management concepts and practices into our curriculum and pedagogy.

Principle 4 Research

We study people, organizations, institutions, and the state of the world to inspire responsible management and education practice.

Principle 5 Partner

We engage people from business, government, civil society, and academia to advance responsible and accountable management education and practice.

Principle 6 Practice

We adopt responsible and accountable management principles in our own governance and operations.

Principle 7 Share

We share our successes and failures with each other to enable our collective learning and best live our common values and purpose.

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