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COB reaffirms pledge to corporate social responsibility

August 7, 2008 -- Responding to a global call for business schools and academic associations to advance corporate social responsibility, SF State's College of Business has signed on to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global platform convened by the United Nations Global Compact to advance corporate responsibility worldwide.

The PRME provides a framework for academic institutions to advance the broader cause of corporate social responsibility and incorporate universal values into curricula and research. Developed by an international task force of 60 deans, university presidents and business school representatives, the PRME serves as a guide for institutions' efforts to improve curricula with regard to issues of corporate citizenry and sustainability.

Photo of the SF State College of Business downtown campus in the Westfield Centre, which has signed on to the Principles of Responsible Management, a global platform convened by the United Nations Global Compact.

SF State's College of Business is among the nation's leaders in teaching corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainable business.

"Becoming a signatory to the PRME reaffirms the College's national and international reputation as a leader in developing the capabilities of socially and environmentally responsible business leaders," said Professor of Management Murray Silverman, who created SF State's first courses on business and the environment.

The College of Business has long been a leader in integrating corporate social responsibility and ethical decision-making in its curriculum. Since 1976, each undergraduate and graduate business student has been required to take a course that focuses on the social, ethical and environmental issues of business.

"We are proud of the College's rich heritage in integrating social and ethical aspects into its business curriculum," College of Business Dean Nancy Hayes said. "It mirrors our University's strong commitment to social justice and reflects the diversity in backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of our faculty, students, and business partners."

The University has also been recognized for its MBA Emphasis in Sustainable Business since launching the curriculum in fall 2007. Last year, the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education ranked the SF State emphasis 37th out of 111 schools in its biennial "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" rankings of programs providing socially and environmentally responsible business school curricula.

The MBA Emphasis in Sustainable Business is the first of its kind offered within the 23-campus California State University system. SF State business faculty regularly integrate socially responsible business and ethics topics into their courses.

For more information about the PRME, visit http://www.unglobalcompact.org/HowToParticipate/academic_network/index.html

-- Michael Bruntz


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