The Principles for Responsible Management Education PRME are part of an initiative of the UN Global Compact Office and were established in 2007. The six principles formulated therein serve as guidelines for the signatory teaching and research institutions, which are involved in the training of future managers. These guidelines help them with the conception, implementation and further development of socially and environmentally responsible qualifications. As the first Swiss public university to do so, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons joined this UN initiative in 2009.
Following a preparatory period of two years and on the joint initiative of the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, the PRME Regional Chapter DACH was established in February 2014. Twelve PRME signatories from German-speaking areas answered the call to co-found the PRME community’s first official regional chapter.
After several months of preliminary consultations and cooperation with the PRME secretariat of the UN Global Compact Office in New York, the representatives from University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences officially implemented the 'Signatory Act UN PRME Regional Chapter DACH'.
The mission of the Chapter is to provide thought and action leadership on the future of corporations and of responsible management education in the context of the UN sustainable development agenda. Currently, more than 60 higher education institutions are part of the DACH Chapter and are working towards this mission.
The PRME Champions group is a subsection of PRME consisting of highly engaged universities and business schools from around the world who are dedicated to implementing the principles PRME. These institutions have been recognized as leaders in the field of sustainability and responsible management education, and are committed to advancing the PRME agenda by sharing best practices, collaborating on research, and promoting sustainable business practices among their students, faculty, and staff. Through their membership in the PRME Champions group, these institutions are working to create a more sustainable and equitable world by educating the next generation of responsible leaders.
The University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons were a part of the first cohort of PRME Champions schools in 2014, at the time being the sole Swiss member. The UAS Grisons has since actively engaged in each champions cycle since, rising to the challenge of championing sustainable development in all university processes. Through its cooperation with the international PRME community’s most progressive business schools, the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is has contributed to many landmark deliverables, most recently the "Blueprint for SDG Integration in Business Schools".
The UAS Grisons is proud to be a member of the PRME Champions Group for the 2024-2025 cycle. This means that the UAS Grisons continues to be part of this highly committed group of 47 universities worldwide that have dedicated themselves to implementing the PRME principles. The focus of the 2024-2025 Champions cycle is on promoting commitment to the updated PRME Principles, engaging in thematic roundtables to develop ideas and solutions to institutional challenges within PRME-supporting universities and aligning with the vision of the United Nations Global Compact in implementing measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The PRME Business Integrity Action Center at UAS Grisons has cross-industry expertise in the areas of business integrity, corruption prevention as well as integrity in the media and social media.