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Friday, September 07, 2012

The Evolution of Corporate Responsibility in American Business

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“To whom, for what and how is the modern corporation responsible?”

The rights and responsibilities of business have prompted intense debate since the advent of modern capitalism. Join colleagues on September 7 for a half-day conference sponsored by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures as Minnesota business leaders and the authors of a landmark 2012 publication — Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience — share insights from their exploration of 200 years of American business, economic, social and political history. What is corporate responsibility? Where did this idea originate? How has it come to be a factor in business decision making?

Commissioned by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience traces ideas and practices across nearly two centuries. It is a story of leadership (visionaries and rogues), of social, labor and political activists (radicals and moderates), and of a productive and innovative economy. The tale unfolds across economic, civic, and political life and in the marketplace of ideas. The result — an ever-changing social contract of explicit and implied agreements and expectations between business and society.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Registration: 1 p.m. (Please allow time for parking.)
Program: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium


“The General Mills Experience”

  • Ken Powell, Chairman and CEO of General Mills, Inc.

“The American Experience”

  • Executive Editor: Kenneth Goodpaster, University of St. Thomas

  • Co-Authors:

    1. Archie Carroll, University of Georgia
      Kenneth Lipartito, Florida International University
      James Post, Boston University
      Patricia Werhane, DePaul University

“Reflections on The Minnesota Experience”

  • Nate Garvis, Founder of Naked Civics, former Vice President of Government Relations for Target
  • Mary Pickard, Principal Advisor at Adler LLC, former Vice President of Community Affairs for The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers)
  • David Etzwiler, Executive Director Decade of Discovery, former Vice President of Community Affairs & Executive Director of the Medtronic Foundation

Commentary About Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience

From the Foreword by General Mills CEO Ken Powell:

    “This book appears at a timely moment. Many business leaders are clearly rethinking what it means to be a truly socially responsible company, and this important work helps us understand not only the history of corporate responsibility, but also its evolving future…. It examines corporate responsibility with such impressive scope that it is certain to become a crucial resource for those passionate about the ability of business to make a difference in society.  It will certainly stimulate discussion and critical thought for General Mills as we chart our own future.”

Endorsements for the book include:

“…a powerful treatise on the obligations of corporations to serve the society that charters them.” — Bill George, Professor, Harvard Business School, former CEO, Medtronic and author of True North.

“…sweeping historical perspective that enables us to understand the modern corporate responsibility movement.” — Aron Cramer, President, Business for Social Responsibility

“…a tale that has been waiting a long time to be told and should be required reading for anyone hoping to understand the context in which today’s corporate responsibility paradigm has arisen.” — Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Boston College

“This book should be required reading for aspiring executives and those who teach them.” — Christopher McKenna, Said Business School, University of Oxford

About the Speakers (in program order)

Kendall J. Powell, serves as Chairman and CEO, General Mills, Inc. Ken Powell joined General Mills in 1979. He served previously as President of Yoplait USA, President of the Big G cereal division, and CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide in Switzerland as well as other key executive rolls. Mr. Powell is a Director of Medtronic. He brings keen appreciation of General Mills history and its performance over the years in all aspects of corporate responsibility and corporate citizenship. Mr. Powell wrote the foreword to Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience.

Kenneth E. Goodpaster, Ph.D., who served as Executive Editor for Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience, holds the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota. He joined the St. Thomas faculty in 1989 after teaching at Notre Dame and Harvard. At St. Thomas, Goodpaster teaches in undergraduate, MBA, and executive educational programs, including a Great Books Seminar for graduate students in business. In addition to numerous books and journal articles, Goodpaster authored Conscience and Corporate Culture (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2007). Goodpaster, who serves on several boards, is a long-time board member of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.

Archie B. Carroll, Ph.D. is Robert W. Scherer Professor of Management Emeritus and Director, Nonprofit Management and Community Service Program at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Carroll joined the faculty of the Terry College of Business faculty in 1972.  Carroll’s research has emphasized corporate social responsibility, corporate social performance, business ethics and stakeholder management. Carroll has published 20 books in various editions including Business & Society: Ethics and Stakeholder Management, 7th Edition (2009) with Ann K. Buchholtz, and over 100 articles in journals and books. He will be honored in Berlin, Germany with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Social Responsibility at the 5th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Kenneth J. Lipartito, Ph.D. is Professor of History and Department Chair at Florida International University. Lipartito is a specialist on technology, business and culture. In 2009 he was the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is author or editor of four other books, including Constructing Corporate America: History, Politics, Culture (Oxford University Press, 2004). Lipartito’s articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Economic History, Technology and Culture, Industrial and Corporate Change and the Business History Review. He is current president of the Business History Conference.

James E. Post, Ph.D. is the John F. Smith, Jr. Professor of Management at Boston University. Post is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 books and more than 120 scholarly papers. He is co-author, with Lee E. Preston, of Private Management and Public Policy: The Principle of Public Responsibility, cited by the Academy of Management for “its lasting contribution to the study of business and society.” Post’s advisory engagements include the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Corporate Conservation Council, President’s Commission on Sustainable Development, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the office of the United Nations Secretary General (Global Compact Program). He served as a Senior Fellow and Research Director of the business and society research program at The Conference Board.

Patricia H. Werhane, Ph.D. holds the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and is Director, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. She is Professor Emeritus at the Darden School, University of Virginia where she was the Peter and Adeline Ruffin Chair of Business Ethics and Senior Fellow at the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics until 2009. Werhane is a Founding Member and Past President of the Society of Business Ethics, Past President of the American Society for Value Inquiry, and Founding Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly. Werhane coedited, with Laura Hartman, The Global Corporation (Routledge 2009), a case book of sustainable, effective and ethical practices.

Nate Garvis is Founder of Naked Civics, a blog focused on civic design and civic leadership to create positive outcomes for communities and institutions, and former Vice President of Government Relations for Target where he led a number of creative initiatives. Garvis, in his own words, has operated at the intersection of Fortune 100 business, government, politics, civics, media, health care, public safety, academia, philanthropy and non-governmental organizations.

Mary Pickard is Principal Advisor and staff at Adler LLC and former Vice President, Community Affairs for The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers) and President, St. Paul Companies Foundation. Pickard has extensive experience in corporate philanthropy and community relations, and she experienced the challenges of working through mergers of different organizational cultures with respect to corporate citizenship.

David Etzwiler is Executive Director of Decade of Discovery, a University of Minnesota-Mayo partnership focused on a cure for diabetes, and former Vice President of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Medtronic Foundation. Etzwiler led Medtronic’s first corporate citizenship initiative. He was Co-chair of a 2012 Council on Foundations national task force report titled Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value which focused on new directions in corporate giving and citizenship.

Date, Time, and Location

Friday, September 07, 2012, 1:30 pm

Schulze Hall Auditorium
University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

Map: http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/minneapoliscampus/