The Institute of Management Technology, Dubai is committed to the UN Global Compact and upholding its ten principles covering human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. We strive to implement these principles in our strategies and operative work. It is imperative that these principles become embedded in the way we conduct our business and thus our corporate culture.
About UN Global Compact The UN Global Compact is a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals. Its initiative is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
The primary IMT Dubai support for United Nations Global Compact principles is our progress in the alignment of current institutional strategies and operations. Some of the ongoing initiatives at IMT Dubai: the revision and implementation of a more sustainable waste management program, installation of solar panels via shared economy business model, solar-powered automobile recharging facilities. One of the strategic initiative, for example, is IMT Dubai recruitment process, emphasizing the need for faculty with the focus on responsibility and sustainability in research and teaching. Moreover, IMT Dubai students and faculty support UNGC principles through diverse activities and projects of our students’ club, Sustainability Development Committee (SDC). SDC’s main goal is to help IMT Dubai in its commitment towards the realization of the principles of UN Global Compact. Numerous projects, social and environmental, were accomplished since August, 2017 (for example, food awareness campaign, yoga session, industry guest lecture on sustainability).
Ten Principles of UN Global Compact as upheld by IMT Dubai
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Commitment to PRME
Our focus on Principles of Responsible Management and Education is reflected in the activities and educational decisions, for example, regarding the choice of case studies and guest lectures. On a more strategic level, the importance of PRME for IMT Dubai curriculum is also evolving. Several courses with the focus on SDGs, such as green economics, business ethics, sustainable supply chain management, introduction to ecology, are introduced to our students. The further intention is to have all degree programs offered at IMT Dubai to include topics and assessments—as appropriate—on sustainability and the environment. As a member of the local PRME Consortium Network, IMT Dubai sets an example of collaboration between the universities, industry and other community member towards the principles.
Seven Principles of PRME
Principle 1 | Purpose: We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
Principle 2 | Values: We will incorporate into our academic activities, curricula, and organisational practices the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.
Principle 3 | Method: We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.
Principle 4 | Research: We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.
Principle 5 | Partnership: We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.
Principle 6 | Dialogue: We will facilitate and support dialog and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organisations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.
Women’s Empowerment Principles
Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women
Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality