Please read the new Business & Society blog from University of Bath School of Management where Annie Snelson-Powell and myself discuss how international quality assurance bodies, rankings and ratings can act as change agents and drive the transition towards a more responsible management education.

We see an opportunity as business schools emerge from crisis management mode, to take on a prominent role in the current discourse on social issues. This can enable them to overcome inertia and close the gap between business school promises and practices. In particular we discuss how Responsible Managment Education (RME) initiatives at accreditation bodies such as EFMD Global and AACSB can promote more substantive action on this agenda by expanding the ways in which RME (and it’s impact) can be measured, by linking the standards and the expected activities more explicitly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with the support of other co-convenors such as the UN backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) reporting framework and the student-led Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools (PIR) initiative.