GIBS selected as United Nations PRME Champion for 2018-2019 Cycle

University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has been selected as one of the 38 global business schools that will be part of the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) for the 2018-19 Champions Cycle. PRME officially announced the 2018-2019 Champion schools at the Global 100 Executive Roundtable in Davos, Switzerland on January 23, 2018, coinciding with the World Economic Forum.

The Champion’s Cycle centres on developing the next generation of leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to attain the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over 40 academic leaders and corporate executives – including deans from top business schools and chief executives from leading businesses gathered for the round-table dinner, to discuss gaps in today’s business and management education.

To be considered as a PRME Champion business schools need to be committed to contributing to future leadership development through responsible management education as outlined in the United Nations sustainable development agenda. Champion schools who are recognised as a thought or action leader in the responsible management community receive preferred access for their students to internship and volunteer opportunities with the PRME Secretariat and Global Compact, exclusive access to Global Compact meetings, and are recognised as a PRME Ambassador.

The recognition of GIBS as a business school that leads in responsible management education adds to the school’s growing accolades as Africa’s preeminent business school. GIBS Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn who attended the event said, “We are delighted to be recognised as a PRME Champion. In a world of growing inequality, we believe that business schools have a vital role to play in fostering business behaviour that drives inclusive growth.”

GIBS recognises that to solve global ills such as poverty, climate change and inequality, businesses need to play a pivotal role. Through responsible management education, the school will continue to develop students to become future leaders who emphasise the sustainable value for business and society alike.

As a PRME Champion, GIBS commits to:

·         Working collaboratively to achieve higher levels of performance in transforming business and management education in five key areas: curricula, research, educational frameworks, sustainability-based partnerships, and thought leadership.

·         Serving the broader PRME community through active engagement with existing PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups, Global Compact LEAD, and other global opportunities, as well as to support broader and deeper implementation of sustainability principles in the institutional context of the PRME initiative.

·         Contributing to broader UN goals and issues, particularly helping to realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaking to attendees, Lise Kingo, CEO & executive director of the UN Global Compact, said, “We at the UN Global Compact recognise this opportunity, and are committed to working together with you in business schools through PRME — on the global level as well as through our 76 Local Networks around the world — to guide and support you to achieve your sustainability objectives.”

“Business and management schools play a key role in shaping the skills and mind-sets of future leaders, and can be powerful drivers of corporate sustainability,” Jonas Haertle, head of PRME, said in comments during the dinner. “But in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Global Goals, today’s higher education institutions must change the way they teach about business, and more systematically incorporate values like sustainability, ethics and responsibility into their teaching, research, and campus leadership.”


List of PRME Champions in 2018-2019 Cycle

  1. Asian Institute of Management (Philippines)
  2. Audencia Business School (France)
  3. Babson College (United States)
  4. Business School Lausanne (Switzerland)
  5. Cass Business School, City, University of London (United Kingdom)
  6. College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph (Canada)
  7. Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  8. Deakin Business School (Australia)
  9. EGADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  10. Fundação Dom Cabral‎ (Brazil)
  11. George Mason University School of Business (United States)
  12. Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
  13. Gordon Institute of Business Science (South Africa)
  14. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria (Canada)
  15. Hanken School of Economics (Finland)
  16. INCAE Business School (Costa Rica)
  17. Institute of Business Studies, RANEPA (Russia)
  18. Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (India)
  19. IPM Business School (Belarus)
  20. ISAE (Brazil)
  21. Kemmy Business School (Ireland)
  22. Kristianstad University (Sweden)
  23. La Trobe Business School (Australia)
  24. Newcastle Business School (United Kingdom)
  25. Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)
  26. Seattle Pacific University (United States)
  27. Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden)
  28. T A PAI Management Institute (India)
  29. The Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder (United States)
  30. The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University (United States)
  31. Universidad Externado de Colombia –  School of Management (Colombia)
  32. University of Applied Sciences, HTW Chur (Switzerland)
  33. University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (South Africa)
  34. University of Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  35. University of St.Gallen (Switzerland)
  36. University of Winchester Business School (United Kingdom)
  37. ZHAW School of Management and Law (Switzerland)




Issued by:

Gordon Institute of Business Science


For further information contact:

Luleka Mtongana

Communications Manager

Gordon Institute of Business Science

Tel: +27 (0)11 771 4377/ +27 (0)72 273 2249


About GIBS:

Founded in 2000, the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is an internationally accredited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment and increasingly in our broader African environment, through the provision of high quality business and management education. In May 2017, the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the 14th year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2017 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.

GIBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). For more information, visit



The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, and to equip today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. As a voluntary initiative with over 650 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and management-related higher education institutions. Working through Six Principles, PRME engages business and management schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

What is the UN Global Compact: The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.