The VUM supports the decision to impose a total ban on illegal drugs in this country. We realize that this is a complex issue in which the interests of the normal and healthy people clash with those of the drug dealers. For a number of reasons we could expect strong pressure on us, at the VUM, by the "supporters of personal freedom" who would do anything to influence more young people with supposedly high revenues and weak will power, and make them try "an alternative."
VUM students are a risk group because they are well-to-do. They can, therefore expect to be the object of the drug dealers' active interest. This could involve various techniques, such as presentation of drug-dealing sites ("See how imaginative it is!"), seemingly accidental mentioning of how much money somebody has spent on drugs ("Now I am going to take a week off"), and visiting "a pad" where somebody demonstrates smoking so-called harmless marijuana. Finally, this could lead to a substitution of cigarettes by joints which contain bits of drugs that cause gradual habituation. In any case, the goal is to attract another client and drag yet another human being down the path of those who are dependent on drugs.
Let it be clear: drug addicts do not have a normal psyche. They do not think like healthy people. We cannot blame a dependent, sick person for selling his property and cheating his friends and relatives in order to get a dose or make somebody else be like him. He is a sick person. But we must not allow two things:
Drug dealers must be prosecuted. Drug addicts must be treated, not just pitied.
In view of these risks, we ask everybody at the VUM to be vigilant so that we do not allow drug dealers and drug addicts to infiltrate our ranks. The decision for an absolute ban on drugs means that all students, faculty members, and employees must be self-disciplined. It also means that the VUM management should take action. Should a person that is affiliated to the VUM offer illegal drugs to anybody, or use such drugs, or advertise drug-related materials, or visit Internet sites with such contents, he will immediately be reported to the Disciplinary Commission.
VUM Students, faculty members, and employees who violate these rules will immediately be expelled or dismissed. In order to avoid misunderstandings concerning this issue, every IUC student, faculty member, or employee must fill out a declaration to the effect that they are informed about our policy on this issue and the action that will be taken in case it is violated. The drug dealers have declared war on us. It is a time that we pay them in the same coin.
The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a UN-backed global initiative developed to promote corporate responsibility and sustainability in business education, has now been endorsed by more than 100 business schools and universities from around the world.
Institutions participating in the initiative, which was launched under the patronage of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2007, make a commitment to align their mission and strategy, as well as their core competencies – education, research and thought leadership –, with UN values embodied by the six PRME principles. Actions encouraged under the initiative’s framework include curriculum development around the corporate responsibility agenda and research in support of sustainable management systems, as well as public advocacy and opinion leadership to advance responsible business practices.
“Thanks to the joint outreach by all partners, the PRME initiative has reached this critical milestone of 100 signatories,” said Dr. Manuel Escudero, Head of Academic Initiatives at the UN Global Compact, which is one of the initiative’s co-conveners. Speaking on behalf of the PRME steering committee, Dr. Escudero stressed that “this will enable the initiative to bring good efforts to scale and truly embed the sustainability agenda in the training of future business leaders.”
The PRME Steering Committee includes the UN Global Compact, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, the European Academy for Business in Society (EABIS), the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), and Net Impact.
Following its early outreach and awareness-raising efforts, the initiative is currently establishing several participant working groups to facilitate implementation of the principles and identify best practices. In addition, a Global Forum for Responsible Management Education will be convened on 1-2 December 2008 at UN Headquarters in New York. The event will present a first opportunity to take stock of the PRME initiative so far, to exchange experiences and forge a closer link between the United Nations’ mission and the work of business schools.
For more information about the PRME, please visit www.unprme.org.