Cass Business School was named a United Nations PRME Champion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2018.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) are a voluntary United Nations-supported initiative with 650 signatories worldwide. Cass was among 39 business schools around the world presented with the award as a result of their effort to raise the profile of sustainability and equip business students with the skills and understanding to attain the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and align with the work of the UN Global Compact initiative.

The initiative was founded in 2007 with the aim of strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and business and management-related higher education institutions and equipping the schools with the understanding and ability to deliver change.

Staff and students at Cass are encouraged to consider sustainability.

As a PRME Champion, Cass is expected to contribute to thought and action leadership, collaborate with other Champions on strategic projects and integrate the UN sustainable development goals into its curriculum, research and partnership activities.

Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean of Cass Business School, said: “We are at a turning point in our relationship with people and planet. Business schools can no longer shy away from thinking about their place in this relationship.

At Cass, we encourage our community – faculty, students and alumni – to think about their relationship with the environment.”

As part of its commitment to develop and disseminate a blueprint for socially responsible engagement with the local community, Cass presented second-year BSc Management and Business Studies students with the opportunity to complete a Mentoring and Coaching module. Upon completion, students applied their knowledge and mentored first-year students at risk and secondary school pupils from underprivileged backgrounds through Cass’s Schools Engagement Programme.