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Newsletter PRME Chapter DACH
January - February 2023

Dear Colleagues,
On February 7th of this year, I had the honor to deliver our Annual Review Presentation as DACH Chapter Chair. Together with the Eurasia, Italy and LAC chapters, each chapter had 10 minutes to present the highlights of the year. Afterwards there was a feedback round of 20 minutes each. Talking about the narrative and key figures I pointed out that in the DACH region we hardly get any financial support from the university management after the COVID pandemic. Nevertheless, we are a very active chapter that is so successful due to the great enthusiasm and commitment of our signatories. This message was taken very seriously by Alec Wersun and Mette Morsing and we will bring this topic of financial support on the agenda again in one of the next board meetings. There will be more money in the future and also more support from the UNGC Local Networks. Our activities and developments in 2022 and also our outlook and goals for 2023 were praised beyond all measure. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your tireless dedication to our chapter work. And my special thanks go to Regina and Desiree for the fantastic organization of our 9th RME Research Conference. I would especially like to thank our Steering Committee, without your support our chapter would not be as successful. Our chapter is considered a role model in terms of our RME Research Conference, our successful collaboration with the UN GC, and also our publication and research ideas. Especially our EFFORT 2.0 Micro Credential Project is considered very promising. Also our ideas for the better integration of DACH students are attracting a lot of interest, particularly our planned lecture series. Our 9th RME Research Conference will be the DACH contribution for the PRME Annual Report. Finally we discussed our ideas to promote the i5 project and how to spend the money. It seems that also within this project our chapter will take over a leading role. In summary, I can only say that the feedback from Alec and Mette was overwhelming. I look forward to another successful year for our chapter as we celebrate 10 years of the RME Research Conference. I hope to see many of you again in Lisbon and we have a great time together!
 Best wishes,

Elisabeth Fröhlich

10th Responsible Management Education Research Conference

Dear Colleagues,

Join us in Lisbon for the 10th Responsible Management Education Research Conference. It is hosted by Iscte Business School and organised in collaboration with the PRME Chapter DACH and PRME Working Group on Anti-Poverty.

This year marks the 10th, Jubilee anniversary of RMER Conferences. Across a decade of achievement, RMER Conferences have explored the complexities and global challenges involved in the transition to more sustainable production and consumption patterns. Different agents, including companies, nonprofits, governmental entities, organizations, consumers, and society at large, need to work together to effectively advance the 2030 Agenda and beyond. Through multidimensional and multidisciplinary dialogue and knowledge sharing among management educators in conversation with other stakeholders have advanced responsible management education and learning. As the challenge remains, further dialogue on how economic restructuring and social transformation on the journey to a more sustainable world is still needed.

The main goal of the global 10th RMER Conference is to bring together the responsible management education community and its stakeholders to drive societal impact through innovative and entrepreneurial ways that are grounded in the six PRME principles of purpose, values, method, research, dialogue and partnerships.

This continues the RMER tradition of holding inspirational, multidisciplinary and multicultural events that contribute to mutual sharing and learning among management educators and other stakeholders – all in service of creating positive societal impact through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Conference Dates:
26 September PRME-Related Meetings and Workshops and Conference Opening
27 September Conference and Social Dinner
28 September Conference and Closing Ceremony

Conference Venue:
Iscte Business School, Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

Important Dates:
• 20 January Call for conference track proposals
• 20 February Deadline for track proposals
• 02 March Call for contributions (extended abstract)
• 02 May Deadline for authors’ submissions
• 02 June Notification of submission acceptance
• 30 June Deadline for early-bird registration and author registration
• 04 September Deadline for regular registration


Save the Date: 26-28 September 2023
Call for tracks


For more information, please visit and contact:

Welcome to Our New Members

A very warm welcome to our new signatories HEC Lausanne, Switzerland and Hamburg University, Germany.

IU International University of Applied Science, Germany had been a signatory for some time, but with a new team, it will now support our chapter work even more intensively.

IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU)

With over 100,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-approved educational institution with its main campus in Erfurt brings together more than 200 bachelor's and master's programmes under one roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between dual studies, distance learning and myStudies, which combines online and face-to-face events, and design their studies independently with the help of a digitally supported learning environment. In addition, IU enables further training and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The aim of the university is to give as many people as possible worldwide access to personalised education. IU started operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 30 German cities. It cooperates with over 15,000 companies and actively supports them in the development of their employees. The partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at:

Alex Čaičics

Sustainability and ESG Communications coordinator


Wiebke Drescher

Academic Development Manager

HEC Lausanne
The Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) is a public business school within the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Since 1911, and with almost 3300 students and 340 employees, HEC Lausanne is a training ground for current and future executive, business leaders, teachers and researchers. Conscious that globalisation and deregulation of production and trade has led to new types of social and environmental challenges critical for society, HEC Lausanne is committed to promoting ethics, responsibility and sustainability (ERS) in all its activities and partnerships. We are devoted to equipping our graduates with what they need to “responsibly” cope with these challenges: the awareness of the varied ethical and sustainable issues with which modern companies are confronted, the ability to critically reflect on those issues, and the knowledge about proven management practices in terms of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Fostering ERS at HEC Lausanne means subscribing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and marrying them with economic prosperity, privileging responsible, ethical, and accountable decision making and management. Fortified by this clear commitment to ERS, HEC Lausanne is proud to have become a PRME signatory this year and to be now part of the DACH Chapter. We believe that this strong institutional signal will help raise the awareness and dedication of our students, professors and staff members for ERS and will unite them in the realization of our sustainable development objectives. We very much look forward to participating in the exchanges in the DACH Chapter!

Prof. Dr. Patrick Haack, Director of the HEC Research Center for Grand Challenges
Professor of Strategy and Responsible Management

Dr. Inès Burrus, Manager of the HEC Research Center for Grand Challenges


Ms. Carolyn Magnani, Executive director of Innovation, Quality and Research


Dr. Pierre Blacher, Quality and Accreditation Manager

News from Members

A “Certificate for Sustainability Change Agents” (SCA) was piloted at FHWien der WKW in November and December 2022.
This English-language training course was a voluntary, extracurricular offer developed by the “Change for Corporate Sustainability” competence team at the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES). The training course aimed to promote individual skills that would enable the participants to initiate changes towards sustainability within their professional organizations. These skills included strategic thinking, communication, teamwork, and self-reflection. The course took place in form of seven interactive lectures including discussions, exercises and reflections. For the pilot, 20 students from different study programs at FHWien der WKW were accepted as participants. The certificate will be evaluated based on course output (i.e., students’ tasks), interviews, and a self-assessment by participants on competence acquisition (pre- and post-participation). Learnings from the evaluation will be used to adapt and improve future implementation of the certificate.
More information at Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES), FHWien der WKW and here.
E-mail for more information:
MCI | Entrepreneurial School® joins global Climate Alliance network

In order to further promote sustainable management and to accelerate climate protection measures in a targeted manner, MCI | Entrepreneurial School® has joined the Climate Alliance Tyrol (Klimabündnis Tirol). Becoming a partner involved a multi-stage ClimateCheck, which among other things analyzed the status quo of the operation and the climate protection measures taken to date. The MCI team, led by Alexander Dumfort, Tommy Mayr and Regina Obexer, developed a comprehensive climate protection roadmap for the next five years together with Klimabündnis Tirol with the goal to achieve more sustainable operations.

The detailed catalogue of measures includes the expansion of green mobility for staff and students, raising awareness through targeted communication, adjustments to infrastructure, energy saving measures, waste management, and increasing the number of green events at MCI. In a next step, the goals will be communicated and discussed in a range of workshops within the MCI community in a participative process aimed at including further ideas and creating a sense of agency.
By becoming a Climate Alliance partner, MCI joins a strong network: In addition to the more than 1,000 Climate Alliance communities, some 1,300 companies throughout Austria have also committed themselves to the Climate Alliance idea, with MCI being the first university in Tyrol to join the Klimabündnis.


Training and Events

A Chance to Change: Veränderungen im Non-Profit, Sozial- und Gesundheitsbereich erfolgreich

This year's symposium of the Department Nonprofit, Social and Health Care Management focuses on the topic "A chance to change - successfully shaping change in the nonprofit, social and health care sectors."
Marianne Dobner, co-founder of Hallo Klima!, will kick off the symposium with a keynote speech on "Climate protection - communicate, act, motivate", followed by a range of interesting presentations and discussions.
Organiser: Department Non-Profit, Sozial- und Gesundheitsmanagement, MCI | Die Unternehmerische Hochschule
Keynote Speaker: Marianne Dobner, Co-Founder of Hallo Klima!: „Klimaschutz - kommunizieren, handeln, motivieren“
Date: 13. – 14. February 2023
Mode: in Person
Place: MCI | The Entrepreneurial School. Universitätsstr. 15, Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 2 days
Cost: Free
Language: German

Further information here

"Accelerating the energy transition - reducing the shortage of skilled workers" on 22.2.23 at 10 a.m.

The shortage of skilled workers is omnipresent. Be it in hospitals, in administrations or in the skilled trades - in our view, the need for skilled workers for the energy transition and climate protection is particularly important. If we do not quickly implement the existing solutions for the energy transition and climate protection, other crises such as refugee flows, severe weather disasters or pandemics will inevitably increase in addition to the climate crisis.
But how can the shortage of specialists in the field of energy transition and climate protection be quickly remedied? To answer this question, we invite companies from the electrical, heating and renewable energy industries as well as educational institutions to the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Wolfenbüttel, BELS administration building.

Registration until 15.02.2023 via
The workshop is sponsored by the Regionalverband Großraum Braunschweig as part of the event series "Five past Twelve - Climate Protection for All!".

Theme day
"Sustainable nutrition" on 11.3.2023 at 10 a.m.
Since 2021, the Geopark sponsoring association Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen e. V. has set an annual theme to deal specifically and intensively with the individual 17 sustainability goals of the Global Sustainability Agenda 2030. This year, the sustainability goal Sustainable Consumption and Production was selected, and many activities have already taken place.
In cooperation with the Geopark, the BELS is organizing a series of contracts on Saturday, March 11, starting at 10 a.m. in the BELS administration building around the topic of sustainable food. Among others, Christiana Steinbrügge, District Administrator of Wolfenbüttel and 1st chairwoman of the Geopark supporting association, Detlef Vollheyde, organic farmer and co-initiator of the eco-model region Goslar, Ulrich Löhr from the Landvolk and the research coordinator of the Thünen Institute Stefan Lange, who is also a member of the Global Initiative against Food Losses and Waste, will be present. The presentations will cover a variety of topics: From sustainable cultivation and production to marketing, consumption and food waste reduction.

Registration here
Sustainability Forum
The Lower Saxony Climate Protection Act on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 6 p.m.
The Sustainability Forum of the Brunswick European Law School (BELS) is the platform for sustainability issues in the region. Carina Holl from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Protection will present the law. Lars Tiedtke, LL.B., staff member at the Institute for European and International Business Law (EIW) at BELS will shed light on the legal aspects, and a speaker (requested) from the Institute for Climate Impact Research Potsdam will highlight the scientific basis of climate change and its consequences.

Brunswick European Law School (BELS) - Faculty of Law Ostfalia
Room Ro01
Salzdahlumer Street 46-48
38302 Wolfenbüttel or online via BigBlueButton

Registration here


"Model United Nations - A Practical Guide"
Anna-Theresia Krein
(Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences)

The book outlines how a Model United Nations (MUN) program –a simulation of the United Nations work with and for students- could be incorporated in a high school or university curriculum. It includes comprehensive Electronic Supplementary Materials (ESMs) which should aid students’ preparation for a Model United Nation (MUN) conference.
The link to the electronic copy of the book can be found here

The book can also be purchased as hardcover and/or Kindle publication via Amazon
The Future of Business Schools: Purpose, Action, and Impact
Are business schools on the wrong track? For many years, business schools enjoyed rising enrollments, positive media attention, and growing prestige in the business world. However, due to the disruption of Covid-19, many previously ignored issues relating to MBA programs resurfaced. I am very proud that together with my dear colleagues Prof. Dr. Anja Karlshaus, CBS International Business School and Prof. Dr. Danica Purg, IEDC School of Management we had been invited to contribute a chapter to this very meaningful book "The future of Business Schools". In our article we discuss innovative teaching formats to enable business schools for promoting a sustainable world. Sustainable Leadership is one of the key drivers for this sustainable transformation companies have to go through to tackle the challenges of todays’ world. It is our mission as business schools to equip our students with the necessary skills to become sustainable leaders for a sustainable future.
More information here
Business Schools, Leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Future of Responsible Management Education
Edited by Lars Moratis and Frans Melissen, the book contains chapters from various scholars and practitioners in the field of responsible management education (RME). Its aim is to inspire a future of management education and leadership development that demonstrates its relevance to sustainable development.
Chapter 8. The use of news articles as a pedagogical tool for responsible management education was written by Ruth Areli García-León (Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences). The chapter presents the use of news articles as a pedagogical tool to include sustainable development issues in management courses. The proposal is based on the educational social constructivist theory of learning, the collaborative learning approach, and the author’s personal experience of more than eight years of using news items to address sustainable development issues in graduate and undergraduate management courses.
More information here
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