UNSW Business School acknowledges the Bidjigal (Kensington campus) and Gadigal (City campus) peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands where each campus is located. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present, and their communities who have shared and practised their teachings over thousands of years. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s ongoing leadership and contributions, including to business, education and industry.


UNSW Sydney is one of Australia’s leading universities and one of the limited number of universities, worldwide, capable of delivering research excellence alongside the highest quality education, on a large scale. In global rankings, UNSW was placed 45th in the QS World University Rankings 2019 league table and 96th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Our university actively engages in local, regional and international networks, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the Global Alliance of Technological Universities, the NUW Alliance, the PLuS Alliance and Universitas 21. These alliances, details of which can be found in this report, reflect the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, and the values of initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Because of UNSW’s reputation for excellence, our positioning and positive influence, we are able to make a real difference to the lives of people around the world. Our endeavours are guided by UNSW Strategy 2025, an innovative, ambitious, altruistic agenda based on three priorities which are the hallmarks of great, forward-looking 21st century universities – academic excellence, social engagement and global impact. We believe these priorities will help drive UNSW to become the leading research-intensive and teaching-intensive, global university that we seek to be by 2025.

Since the previous Sharing Information on Progress report, 2017 SIP report, UNSW has continued to undertake initiatives to deliver on our Strategy 2025 agenda, with a particular source of pride being our progress in confronting the grand challenges of the 21st century. We have done this by:

  • promoting diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity for students, staff and the wider UNSW community
  • contributing to national and global prosperity through the translation of research and education into economic and social benefits
  • delivering on social justice commitments through our work with disadvantaged and marginalised communities
  • fostering a culture based on the values of integrity, ethical decision making and mutual respect
  • addressing the global environmental challenge of climate change.

The UNSW Business School has been integral to the successful implementation of Strategy 2025. The School’s significant achievements in research, educational programs, partnerships with industry, governments and business, and engagement with community over the past two years are to be congratulated.

UNSW Sydney and the UNSW Business School greatly value our association with the UN PRME organisation and the contribution this makes to shaping our practice. I commend to you, our Sharing Information on Progress report, 2019.

Professor Ian Jacobs

President and Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Sydney


The UNSW Business School (hereafter the Business School) is one of Australia’s largest business schools in terms of student and staff numbers, and is home to:

  • 287 academics and 143 professional staff
  • 16,000 students and over 86,000 alumni
  • 8 disciplinary schools and the AGSM
  • 8 research centres and 8 research networks
  • 52 award programs (including 26 double degrees and 9 research degrees), 7 graduate certificates and diplomas, a suite of open and custom executive education short courses.

As a Business School within a GO8 university, and home of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), UNSW Business School is well positioned within both national and international markets. We are well resourced in terms of people and infrastructure and are amongst a limited group of universities worldwide capable of delivering research excellence alongside the highest quality education on a large scale.

The Business School shares UNSW’s commitment to Strategy 2025 priorities, which help us to achieve our objectives and bring about positive change. The table below outlines the many activities and achievements that align with both Strategy 2025 and the UN PRME. These are further elaborated in our report.

Some highlights for the period ending March 2019 include:

  • The School’s vision to be a leading exemplar in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), ‘a vibrant and inclusive work and study environment that celebrates diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect’. In 2018 the Business School established an EDI Committee in order to achieve this vision.
  • A review of program learning goals and outcomes for our postgraduate and undergraduate programs has been completed. Three of the seven outcomes explicitly relate to PRME principles and the Global Compact. We are now in the early stages of implementation.
  • The Business School continues to address the environmental and societal challenge of climate change with positive developments in research areas, in curriculum and community engagement activities.
  • A recent Royal Commission into Australia’s banking and financial services industry has revealed unethical and sometimes illegal behaviour. The Business School has played a significant role in the Inquiry, with academic staff providing key submissions and regular media commentary.

We are pleased to present our PRME SIP Report 2019, which confidently shows, through a wide range of initiatives, the Business School has continued to strengthen and embed our commitment towards the six PRME principles.

Professor Chris Styles

Dean, UNSW Business School

Alignment between Strategy, Principles, and Activities

UNSW Strategy 2025

Related UN Principle Business School Priorities and Achievements

Priority A: Academic Excellence

A1. Research quality

Research – The role, dynamics, and impact of corporations
  • Research Quality and Impact (4.1)
  • Centre of Excellence in Population and Aging Research, CEPAR (4.2)
  • Centre for Social Impact (4.3)
  • Industrial Relations Research Centre (4.4)
  • Research students (4.5)
  • Research Output on PRME themes (8 and 4.6)
A2. Educational excellence

Purpose – Students as future generators of sustainable value

Method – Educational frameworks, materials, processes, environments

  • UNSW graduate capabilities (1.1)
  • UNSW sustainability (1.4)
  • Educational Frameworks for Responsible Leadership (3.1)
  • Program Learning Outcome – Responsible Business Practice (3.1.1)
  • Educational Materials for Responsible Leadership (3.2)
  • Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise (3.2.1)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum (3.2.2)
  • Tax Clinic and Work Integrated Learning (3.2.3)
  • AGSM courses (3.2.4)
  • Educational Environments for Responsible leadership (3.3)
  • National Indigenous Business Summer School (3.3.1)

Priority B: Social Engagement

B1. A just society

B2. Grand challenges

B3. Knowledge exchange

Values – Global social responsibility, UN Global Compact











Dialogue – Related to global social responsibility and sustainability

  • Staff input to Banking & financial industry Inquiry (2.1.1 – 2.1.5)
  • Grand Challenge on Inequality, A Climate Dividend for all Australians (2.2.1)
  • Responding to Climate change – Managing Just Transitions from coal (2.2.2)
  • Responses to Labour and Employment Rights (2.3)
  • Gender pay equity and precarious employment (2.3.2)
  • Responses to Human rights Issues (Section 2.4)
  • International Award ‘Ideas Worth Teaching’ for Economics course (2.4.1)
  • Doing Business for Social Good (2.4.2)
  • Business School’s PRME Community of Practice (6.1)
  • Global Climate Change Week (6.2)
  • Dialogue through Conferences (6.3)
  • NAIDOC Aboriginal Women’s Conference (6.3.1)
  • AFOA Canada International Conference (6.3.2)
  • Dialogue through Radio and Journals (6.4)
  • A radio program The Economists (6.4.1)
  • Journal Economic and Labour Relations Review (6.4.2)
  • Journal Australian Journal of Management (6.4.3)

Priority C: Global Impact

C1. Internationally engaged education

C2. Partnerships

C3. Disadvantaged and marginalised communities

Purpose – Students as future generators of sustainable value







Partnership – With business corporations in meeting social & environmental responsibilities

  • Engagement with UNSW Indigenous Strategy, Nura Gili and Indigenous Program (1.2)
  • UNSW & Business School Equity Diversity and Inclusion Strategies (1.3)
  • Business School EDI committee (1.3.1)
  • Staff gender equity targets (1.3.2)
  • Diversity Schemes for students (1.3.3)
  • New scholarships and pathways for students with diverse backgrounds (1.3.4)
  • UNSW Networks (5.1)
  • Partnerships through research (5.2)
  • CEPAR (5.2.1)
  • IRRC (5.2.2)
  • Partnerships through Program Development (5.3)
  • Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership program (5.3.1)
  • AGSM Aboriginal Career & Leadership program (5.3.2)
  • Walan Mayinygu Youth Program (5.3.3)
  • Leadership for Purpose Executive Education program (5.3.4)
  • Students in Partnerships (5.4)
  • Students win Hitachi Social Innovation competition (5.4.1)
  • Indigenous Product Sprint (5.4.2)
  • Pro-Rathon (5.4.3)

Enabling Delivery:

D1. People and culture

D2. Operational effectiveness and sustainability

D3. World-class environments

  • UNSW and Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategies (S. 1.3)
  • Scholarships (1.3.4)
  • UNSW sustainability (1.4)
  • UNSW Procurement Process (1.4)
  • Disability inclusion action plan (1.3)