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Principles for Responsible Management Education

The United Nations’ initiative on the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) aims to support transformative change in management and business higher education institutions (HEI) internationally, and the University of Stirling Management School is proud to be an advanced signatory of PRME.

PRME is a network of business and management schools sharing best practice in promoting responsible management education. Its main goal is to support institutions in preparing future managers, professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs to engage in economic activities in a responsible and sustainable manner.

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Advanced signatory

As a PRME advanced signatory, the University of Stirling Management School (SMS) shares these values through teaching, research and public engagement. For example, the SMS has revised its undergraduate and postgraduate courses to include different pathways for an innovative and engaging education in business. We also have a particular focus on responsible business, and teach this as core element in all our courses. We also launched a new Masters in Strategic Sustainable Business with the aim to provide capacity building in managing sustainable value in organisations.

Furthermore, the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Stirling’s Management School and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. CSPL brings together the public sector, academic research, business and environmental organisations to work collaboratively with sectors and communities towards a more sustainable future and a low carbon economy.

SMS is committed to advance the PRME Principles


We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.


We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals.


We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.


We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.


We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.


We will facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.


Stirling Management School is part of the University of Stirling, which endorses sustainability in its foundations. The University’s vision is summarised as: “To be recognised across the world as a University that addresses the needs of society through innovative interdisciplinary research; learning and teaching of the highest quality; and by sharing our knowledge with the world.”

Our commitments

PRME signatories such as SMS are committed to regularly report on their engagement with and progress with respect to the advancement of the PRME Principles. For a detailed account of the Stirling Management School’s engagement with the PRME Principles please see the below reports:

The Stirling Management School has also devised a plan on how to continue supporting the Principles in the next two years. Relevant aims and actions include:

  • The integration of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Faculty’s research themes
  • Continuous efforts in further integrating the SDGs into teaching
  • Provide access to the SULITEST tool, which measures Sustainable Literacy, to all its students and assess its potential impact
  • Build on the growing MSc Strategic Sustainable Business alumni to increase engagement in partnerships and dialogue with stakeholders
  • Increased student engagement with local businesses highlighting ethical practice/circular economy approaches
  • Attract external funding to develop research projects on sustainability
  • Increase the number of PhD students working in the area of sustainability

PRME news

  • The Stirling Management School sponsors the SME Management category at VIBES awards recognising companies leading sustainable initiatives.

    The University of Stirling Management School is proud sponsor of the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards. The awards aim to encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness of businesses, improve environmental performance and support the wider goals of sustainable development including social benefits through community and staff involvement. The Management School sponsors the SME Management category at the Awards, recognising SMEs with the strategic vision and management systems that enable them to continuously improve their contribution to Scotland’s sustainable development. Members of SMS have been closely working with small and medium enterprises that uniquely manage sustainable value creation in their business models. The winner of this award in the 2018 VIBES was Hickory who are a catering events company based in Musselburgh.

  • Our undergraduate and postgraduate students take the opportunity to engage in sustainability-related research and consultancy projects.

    Both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, our students take the opportunity to undertake research in the intersection of business and sustainability.

    Examples of projects that students undertook in 2018 include:

    • Reducing the Single-Use Coffee Cups Consumption
    • Student consumer Perceptions of retailers’ CSR disclosure
    • The use of social norms to nudge consumers into reducing their meat intake

    Examples of consultancy projects that students undertook in 2018 include

    • An analysis of the effects of GDPR on First European Client
    • The Development of a Strategy for Transition Stirling
    • The Development of competency frameworks on an example of a Scottish Whisky Company
  • Zero Waste Scotland Funded Project

    A new project aimed at understanding and reducing food waste among students living in communal housing started in October. It is funded by the government related agency Zero Waste Scotland. A key focus of Zero Waste Scotland is to help Scotland reach its food waste reduction target of 33% by 2025. Main researchers: Dr Craig Anderson (Economics) and Professor Ronald McQuaid (MWO) plus a colleague at Dundee University.

  • UN PRME Funded Research Studies

    Dr Darren McGuire and Dr Lila Skountridaki (MWO) were two of five winners of the 2018 PRME UK & Ireland Chapter Research Seed Funding Competition (a UN Global Compact initiative). Darren's proposal was entitled 'Exposing modern slavery policy-makers to management theory'. The study will review theory in management studies plus cognate areas, with the aim of providing a context for engagement with policy-makers working on human trafficking and forced labour. Lila's proposal was entitled 'Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education Institution degrees accredited by Professional Associations'. The study will focus on the case of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) in the UK. Reports of the studies will be published in late 2019.​

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