The Center recognizes that businesses and markets are a very powerful force shaping our world today. Understanding relationships between business and government, society, and the environment is thus central to any discussion about responsible leadership. Commerce touches all aspects of life from our own bodies and family relationships to the structure of society and the health of our physical environment. Many are rightly critical of the excesses and damages businesses can impose, but the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership takes a more nuanced view. We believe that businesses and markets can cause problems, but can also be expedient vehicles for positive change. The Center aims to explore these broad issues based in the following sets of principles and ideas:

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Devenlopment Goals (SDGs) are a group of actions and concepts intended to transform our world. Designed by the international community working through the United Nations, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The Center is helping those around campus and in our communities incorporate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We are developing and implementing strategies for incorporatiion of the SDGs into research, teaching, and outreach activities undertaken by the Center. The SDGs are an exciting framework that the Center uses for dialogue and collaboration.

SDG Logo and Goals

Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) inspired by the United Nations Global Compact, provide a framework for academic institutions to advance corporate social responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research. The Center utilizes the 6 Principles of PRME as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability around our campus and communities. The Center utilizes these prinicples to provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals. For more information on PRME at Rowan University, contact our campus PRME Coordinator Dr. Dilip Mirchandani (phone: 856-256-4025;


The Rohrer College of Business Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) Report


Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

At the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership, our work incorporates ideas from the business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The Center utilizes CSR ideas for implementation into undergraduate and graduate courses with the collaboration of faculty across campus to build a focus on ethics and responsibility.CSR can be understood as:

  • Business’ responsibility to society (i.e., being accountable);
  • Business’ responsibility for society (i.e., compensation for negative impacts and societal welfare);
  • Business’ responsible conduct (i.e., ethical, responsible, and sustainable business operations);
  • Business’ responsibility to and for society in broad terms (i.e., including environmental issues);
  • The management by business of its relationships with society.