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March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The agreement will see two of the most influential global voices in management education working closely with the GRLI, a network of forward thinking companies and business schools, to focus on an important message: that business and business schools need to work collectively to devote greater attention to developing responsible companies and leaders in the future.
Mark Drewell, CEO of the GRLI said, "Over the past nine years we have learnt a great deal about catalysing change in the complex interface between management education, business and society. This move creates a platform on which we can transform success into significance as we work to scale our impact in partnership with EFMD and AACSB International."
Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO of EFMD said, "The GRLI, which we co-founded with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2004, plays an important role already in providing direction, support, and visibility to what business schools are doing to foster responsibility and sustainability. However while there has been some initial success, much more remains to be accomplished. GRLI will become the armed wing of our shared ambitions at EFMD and AACSB to accelerate change."
Commenting on the announcement, AACSB International President and CEO
John Fernandes said: "In recent years, the role of business as a sustainable and socially responsible enterprise has risen consistent with the world's demand for accountability. Through our accreditations and services, AACSB and EFMD are important stakeholders in addressing society's objectives of sustainability, social responsibility and ethical leadership. This move increases the intensity of our focus in this area, and will enable both organisations to serve our members more fully as they seek to address the challenges of 21st century management education."
EFMD and AACSB will join GRLI's current Board of Directors, by each appointing two representatives that will participate in governing decisions. The two organizations will also provide financial support to bolster GRLI's capacity to achieve its mission.