PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset

Isabel is the convener of LEAP! an international cohort of 70 academics from 65 universities from 25 countries promoting the sustainability mindset through learning-teaching-researching and community projects.

LEAP was officially designated the PRIME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset, part of the UN Global Compact’s PRME initiative, in June 2015 at the Global Forum of UN PRME in New York. Members are change accelerators, expanding awareness of the Sustainability Mindset in their context and culture,  writing papers, and presenting at conferences.



Academic initiatives

60% of the PRME WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABILITY MINDSET members are incorporating elements of the Sustainability Mindset into their teaching and/or research framework.  Three members adopted the full syllabus, while others adapted and integrated elements into their various courses.




Research and publications

Publications, books and books chapters, edited by or including PRME WORKING GROUP authors in 2016:

Research, Papers, Books

  • Stop Teaching: Principles and Practices for Responsible Management Education  with a foreword by David Cooperrider, author Isabel Rimanoczy. It is part of the UN PRME Collection, and addresses Principle # 3: Learning Methods and Pedagogies.
  • Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice, edited by Roz Sunley and Jennifer Leigh and Spirituality and Sustainability. Chapter by Heaton, D., Schachinger, E. & Laszlo, C. (2016). Consciousness-development for responsible management education. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf.
  • Cultural Perspective on Sustainable Socioeconomic Development; chapter in Stachowicz-Stanusch Agata, edit., ‘Corporate Social Performance in the Age of Irresponsibility – Cross National Perspective’; Information Age Publishing Inc. NC. By Majidi Mehdi
  • Higher consciousness for sustainability-as-flourishing. In S. Dhiman, J. Margues, & I. Mitroff (Eds.), Chapter by Dennis Heaton, (forthcoming). Spirituality and sustainability: New horizons and exemplary approaches. New York: Springer.
  • Data Analytics Made Accessible by Anil Maheshwari, Kindle Edition
  • A longitudinal research study is being conducted to assess the impact of the Sustainability Mindset course and two instruments have been developed in India and Hong Kong to measure the development of the Sustainability Mindset
  • PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset was present at the AOM 2016 (three sessions and a panel). The Management and Education Division gave the Best Paper Award “for the most significant contribution to management education by a Junior Faculty authorship team” (all earned doctorates since 2007 or working on it) to Working Group members Kerul Kassel, Isabel Rimanoczy, and Shelley F. Mitchell, for their paper “The Sustainable Mindset: Connecting Being, Thinking, and Doing in Management Education”. 


Forthcoming 2017

  • Developing the Sustainability Mindset in Management Education” 
    Contract with Greenleaf Publishing for an edited volume on the Sustainability Mindset.  We are planning on about 12-14 chapters on the subject; the book’s purpose is to be of value to faculty around the world who aim to integrate a sustainability mindset into their curriculum, courses, and programs written by authors from around the world.
  • Handbook of Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach includes chapter contributions from six PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset authors and is scheduled for release in May 2017. The Handbook, about innovative management education for sustainability, has 58 chapter authors and is edited by Shelley Mitchell and Jorge Arevalo. It will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA. USA.
  • Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainability Mindset for a New Planetary Imprint (2nd Edition) (target audience: general public) Isabel Rimanoczy

Honors and  Awards

  • Isabel Rimanoczy has been honored with a nomination for the UN Global Compact Local SDGs Pioneers Recognition Program. The nomination is based on her work on the Sustainability Mindset, and her focus on developing change accelerators as Global Academic Ambassador with AIM2Flourish.