Global challenges to be addressed at student event

Posted by er134 at Oct 23, 2014 09:55 AM |
University of Leicester marks United Nations Day on 24 October with activities to help develop sustainable world

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 October 2014

Solutions to issues such as global poverty, climate change and human rights will be debated and discussed at a University of Leicester event marking the birthday of the United Nations (UN) on Friday 24 October.

The School of Management at the University of Leicester is signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (UNPRME), which aims to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

This year the University of Leicester will be marking UN Day at the School of Management by inviting students to practically contribute to achieving the UN aims for sustainable and equitable development with projects at the School and across the University.

Dr Fabian Frenzel, lecturer in the political economy of organisation at the School of Management, said: “For the study and research of management the United Nations is probably one of the most exciting organisations that exists today. It attempts no less than the coordination and management of highly complex international issues like poverty, climate change or human rights.

“When the UN developed the Principle of Responsible Management Education, it was concerned not the least with the sad state of corporate citizenship across the globe. The last decade has seen a never ending range of businesses implicated in large scale corruption, fraudulent accounting, labour exploitation, tax evasion, interest rate rigging and ecological destruction. It has become increasingly clear that we need to train managers who care about more than their bonus packages and remunerations. We need managers that understand themselves as serving employees, customers, the environment and the societies their organisations operate in.”

Putting the principles to work in practice, the University will use UN Day to introduce new forms of sustainability, such as showcasing student projects and encouraging the University to only purchase renewable energy. Based on their choice of priority issues students are invited to help make the School and the University more sustainable through practical work outside the classroom.

Founded in 1945 the UN was set up to create an organisational framework for interstate negotiation and cooperation. The main aim was to prevent further world wars after the conclusion of the Second World War.

The event is organised in cooperation with UNIGLOW, a social enterprise established by Mr Ram Kumar, an MBA alumnus of the school of management. Uniglow is a partner organisation with UN for post 2015 development agenda and involved in integrating and supporting various grass root level social impact projects with operation in India and UK.

The event is also supported by various student societies and groups including the Management Society, United Nations society, EnActUs, International Students’ Association and the Environment team.

The UN Day event will take place on Friday 24 October between 1:30pm – 2:30pm in the Bennett Building Lecture Theatre 3 at the University of Leicester.

For more information about UNPRME visit: http://www.unprme.org/

For more information about UNIGLOW visit here: http://siddharthsamson.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/let-us-glow-says-ramkumar.html#!/2014/09/let-us-glow-says-ramkumar.html

 

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For more information please contact Dr Fabian Frenzel on ff48@le.ac.uk

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