Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is the UN Global Compact’s initiative to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The PRME Principles are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.While many initiatives have committed themselves to participation in responsible management, practical tools relevant to such practises, in particular at the academic level, are still emerging. To that effect, PRME, in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, has set up an academic Working Group on Anti-Corruption (ACWG) for a four-year project to integrate anti-corruption values into core curricula of leading business schools. The project aims to promote ethical decision-making and anti-corruption competencies at the post-baccalaureate level by offering business schools and management-related academic institutions substantive anti-corruption guidelines for curriculum change by teaching students to take effective and ethical decisions that benefit both business and society.

In this direction, the ACWG has developed comprehensive anti-corruption guidelines for curriculum change for business schools and management-related academic institutions around the world. The guidelines have been integrated into a single “Toolkit” to provide mechanisms to address the ethical, moral, and practical challenges students will face in the marketplace. The Toolkit integrates different topics in the form of modules that provide a “menu” from which instructors can choose in order to organise stand-alone courses and/or course modules.

The Toolkit provides guidance and step-by-step approaches on successful guidelines, methods, techniques, mechanisms, and processes for effective changes in responsible management curricula. By drawing lessons and experiences from several sources around the world, the Toolkit describes various methodologies and strategies. The Toolkit relies on these elements:

  • Ease of use
  • Continual updating
  • Adaptability for local use
  • Modules’ ability to be adjusted to course subject matter and time constraints
  • Focus on core topics that are essential for global discussion
  • Concrete and practical subject matter that enlists collaboration with the private sector and governmental and non-governmental organisations

Following the Toolkit’s publication, the PRME Secretariat will identify and select pilot business schools around the world that will be responsible for initial toolkit implementation. This process will enable adaptation for local use and improve core elements.

The PRME Secretariat would like to thank the ACWG members – especially the sub-working group facilitators and Matthias Kleinhempel at IAE Business School – for their valuable contributions to the Toolkit’s development. We look forward to their continued involvement in assessing its effectiveness. This project is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.


Jonas Haertle

Head, PRME Secretariat

UN Global Compact Office