Graduate Certificate in Responsible Management

The Certificate in Responsible Management (CRM) program prepares students to be responsible business leaders. The CRM offers the opportunity to participate in seminars, projects, courses, and service related to the United Nation’s Principles in Responsible Management and Education (PRME) six principles. The PRME were first published at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva Switzerland, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and more than 1000 business, civil society, and government leaders.

The CRM was established in 2008, and is managed by the Institute for Corporate Responsibility (GW ICR). The development of this certificate program signals an emphasis on corporate responsibility and ethical leadership in the study of business and the importance of recognizing the impact of business on society. GWSB was one of the first to develop such a certificate, and among 500 organizations to sign the PRME agreement.

Please Note: This certificate is only open to current GW students.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must complete 12 credits of coursework (listed below) and fulfill the following co-curricular requirements:

  • Attend two (2) events addressing a responsible management issue and write a short summary (500 words) on the “take away” of each event.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities by either (a) actively participating in a student organization or, (b) perform community service for a combined total of 20 service hours.
  • Complete a pre-approved research project that examines one or more CSR issues, as described in a corporation’s Sustainability Report. The project should describe the CSR issue addressed by the corporation, the actions that have been adopted by the corporation to address the issue, the support and/or criticism of these actions by stakeholders, and research that supports and/or criticizes the efficacy of these efforts. Based on the above, recommend changes the corporation could make that would align their actions more closely with the PRMEs. The research project is submitted as a 10 page paper and a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation. A presentation will be made to other CRM participants at the completion of all other CRM requirements.
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of completion.

In addition, students should be aware of the following course application limitations:

  • Required courses are not eligible for waiver.
  • Courses taken as a non-degree student are not eligible to be applied towards the certificate.
  • Students may only apply a course towards two program requirements (ie MBAD 6224 may only be applied towards the MBA and one graduate certificate). The course cannot be applied towards the requirements of any other degree or certificate program beyond the two programs.
  • Students who opt to complete two graduate certificates may only double count up to six credits between the two. All remaining requirements (typically 18 credits for two certificates) must be unique to each certificate.

Required Courses | 3 Credits

  • MBAD 6289 | Business Ethics and Public Policy

Electives | 9 Credits

Courses that currently meet the CRM requirements:
• DNSC 6401: Sustainable Supply Chains
• PubH 6004: Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
• SMPP 6210: Strategic Environmental Management
• SMPP 6211: Corporate Environmental Management in Developing Nations
• SMPP 6215: Corporate Governance and Ethics
• SMPP 6216 Public Policy, Governance and the Global Market
• SMPP 6241: Global Corporate Responsibility
• SMPP 6290/IAFF 6118: Strategy, Global Markets and Politics
• SMPP 6290: Sustainable & Responsible Investing
• SMPP 6290: Strategic Management & Environmental Analysis Within a
Development Context

Courses that have previously met the CRM requirements, but will need

• FINA 6290: Microfinance: Financial Services for Poor
• IAFF 6138: M&E for Foreign Assistance Programs
• IBUS 6402: Managing in Developing Countries
• MGT 6285: Social Entrepreneurship
• MGT 6290: Global Entrepreneurship
• PPPA 6085: Innovation in the Public Sector
• SMPP 6290: Business & Society
• SMPP 6290: Public-Private Partnerships
• SMPP 6202: Business & Gov’t Relations

Students must request approval for all electives prior to enrolling in and completing a course. Students receive approval by sending a copy of the proposed course syllabus and a short explanation of how the courses address one or more of the PRMEs to Prof. John Forrer, Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, at  [email protected].


The Graduate Certificate in Responsible Management is available only to current GWU graduate students. Apply after you receive grades for at least one semester of graduate study.

  1. Fill out this form.
  2. Print the form.
  3. Sign the printed form and scan it.
  4. Email the scan to [email protected] .