The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. Ten students from Hertfordshire Business School’s Social and Cultural Impact of Tourism module were winners in the PRME Responsible Business and Management Writing Competition.
Enactus is an international non-profit organisation which encourages students to work on various social enterprises, with the aim of empowering marginalised communities around the world. Enactus Motiv8, a University project supported by our academic advisors, won the final stage of the Empowering Youth Individual Topic Competition for their work on a project which focused on providing secondary school students with motivation and life skills, aiming to increase their self-esteem and confidence levels.
The Social Enterprise Unit recently won £34,500 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund, under the KEEP+ Programme. The 10-month project will focus on assisting an international educational charity (The Steven Sinnott Foundation) in developing a sustainable business plan.
For nine years running, the Social Enterprise Unit partnered with Community Central St Albans in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. Teams of pupils from local schools (‘apprentices’) were partnered with business mentors (‘dragons’) and challenged to turn £100 seed money into at least £1000 for a local charity by developing a business idea. The gala Awards Evenings for finalists were held at the University’s Weston Auditorium and the Challenge raised in excess of £25,000 each year for the charities.