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Rebalancing Society Module Launched
Written by Jean-Christophe Carteron - Wednesday, 02 August 2017
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On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on July 18 and 19 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School announced the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest). The module is based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

 

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PRME was launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva and is the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office. The mission of PRME is 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.

Sulitest was created following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO + 20 to support the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI). Initiated by KEDGE, Sulitest is already used by more than 600 universities and Business Schools in the world and has been taken by more than 60.000 people. Recognized as one of the 17 featured initiatives on United Nations partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sulitest is now one of the tools for measuring and monitoring SDGs.

The Sulitest was designed to measure and improve sustainability literacy worldwide, and the new Rebalancing Society module challenges test-takers’ knowledge and perception about how the plural sector could help restore balance to society towards achieving the future we want.

“Healthy society balances the power of respected governments in the public sector with responsible businesses in the private sector and robust communities in what I call the plural sector. This is the essence of sustainability and I applaud the Sustainability Literacy Test for what it is trying to achieve.” – Henry Mintzberg


See the video testimony of Henry Mintzberg via YouTube.


The Rebalancing Society module will be made available to all institutions participating in the Sulitest, and free of charge for all signatories of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network under the United Nations.

“PRME has supported and endorsed the Sulitest since its launch. With the new set of questions focusing on Mintzberg's Rebalancing Society, we are encouraged to note that the test will have a key focus on the important contribution that the plural sector (NGOs, social movements, etc.) play in today's societies and in making a contribution to a more just and sustainable world.” - Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME, UN Global Compact 

“The business schools of today are especially well-positioned to address some of the grand challenges facing society. The newly developed Sustainability Literacy Test module, which is inspired by the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg of the Desautels Faculty of Management, is a shining example of how the research emanating from business schools can help restore the social equilibrium and effectively transform our world for the better. We are very proud of this initiative, which coincides with the strides that McGill University is making toward advancing key topics in sustainability.” - Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

"It is an honor to collaborate with McGill University, building on the work of Professor Henry Mintzberg that enriches Sulitest. In just a few years, Sulitest has become the international benchmark in the control of SD knowledge in higher education. Thanks to PRME, the Sulitest will see an additional boost, beneficial for the advancement of sustainable development knowledge." - Thomas Froehlicher, Director General and Dean of KEDGE Business School.


Jean-Christophe Carteron is CSR Director at KEDGE Business School and President of Sulitest. 

 

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