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Aston Business School
Description/achievement of initiative

Social Responsibility and Sustainability are based on ethical values and underpinned by the idea of economic, social and environmental obligations to our range of stakeholders.Aston Business School and Aston University are committed to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). This involves ABS in improving and embedding the sustainability and social responsibility of all our activities, from teaching, research & partnerships to building maintenance and development.

Implementation methodologies

Our Strategy will be taken forward in the next 3 years and towards 2020 through:Embedding critical long-term sustainable thinking and social responsibility in business into our teaching to enable our graduates of tomorrow to be literate in social responsibility and sustainability in managing global businessesOffering specialised degrees in Social Responsibility and Sustainability in full-time, part-time and distance learning modesWorking with colleagues within the University on the integration of social responsibility & sustainability into the curricula of all schoolsUndertaking pro bono research activity for local business each yearWorking with Aston University as a whole to reduce carbon emissionsInvolving sustainability and low carbon emissions in the design of any potential future office movesCreating and publishing open resources.We will measure this by:• A reduction in CO2 emissions in line with Aston University standards• Increasing intake on MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability and other specialised degrees• % of courses with content related to ethics, social responsibility and sustainability• The uptake and outputs from the pro bono work

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Aston Business School
Progress reports
Goal 4
SIP (Sharing information on Progress) (PRME)
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2015
Aston Business School
Contact information
John Edwards, Professor, j.s.edwards@aston.ac.uk
United Nations