RSM is committed to the idea that business can and should play a leading role in addressing big societal challenges ̶ and to the idea that business education can help achieve those objectives. Dean Ansgar Richter said: “These are challenging times for business schools. Societal expectations with respect to our standards in education, the openness and relevance of research, and the sincerity of our engagement with external stakeholders, are changing both in the Netherlands as well as internationally.
As a top-ranked mission-driven business school, RSM is in a unique place to respond to these challenges.”
In the report, written by RSM’s Policy Director Wilfred Mijnhardt and Director of Positive Change Eva Rood, there are details of the way that RSM has incorporated PRME’s principles of responsible management education into its core activities, and into its portfolio of educational programmes, into its research, and into the way it engages with business and society.
The report outlines the school’s strategic goal for 2024: to become a leading school for positive change and a business school that significantly contributes to addressing and solving the big challenges society is facing.
Examples include the continued transition of RSM’s intended learning outcomes – the stated educational requirement for every programme – to include topics related to sustainability in every RSM programme.
Other examples come from every level of the organisation, including those requiring action from the Executive Board of RSM, as well as open-access materials and incentives that invite participation from students and the wider community. Examples described in the report include summits, forums, conferences and masterclasses; a collection of reports, PhD theses, videos and resources and other information in the SDG Repository; the forward-thinking goal-setting programme for all students that is complemented by RSM’s lively I WILL initiative; and a series of free-to-download books on sustainability in business, the Series on Positive Change and the award-winning MOOC Driving Business Towards the SDGs.
RSM’s PRME report can be found here.