Activities in 2011

Friday, December 2
Center director Steve Olson moderated Southface’s presentation on The Rise of the Corporate Sustainability Director. Featuring Jim Hartzfeld, InterfaceRAISE and Eryn Emerich, Footprint Talent, this roundtable explored recent trends in major corporations regarding the hiring of a “corporate sustainability officer” and a newfound commitment to the three “E’s” of sustainability (Environment/Economy/Equity). Dr. Olson framed the conversation about corporate sustainability as a subset of a business’s commitment to ethics and social responsibility while Jim Hartzfeld shared his company’s story of a global effort to demonstrate that sustainability can also make good business sense and Eryn Emerich, an executive search professional focused on sustainability and the environment, explored the emerging profile of the corporate sustainability officer.

Tuesday, November 15
Center director Steve Olson presented “Linking CSR and Strategy: Opportunities and Perils for CFOs” at the CFO Council Leadership Forum.

Tuesday, November 15
Ambassador Andrew J. Young was honored as the ninth recipient of the Ethics Advocate Award. Held at the Carter Center, the gala and presentation of the award drew corporate leaders from around the state. The selection committee chose Ambassador Young for the 2011 award in recognition of his lifetime of leadership for civil rights and human rights. The committee cited his tireless service to the human dignity and empowerment in Atlanta, across America and around the world.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20
On a visit to the Basic School at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, leaders from around the Southeast learned more about Preparing Ethical Leaders: The Marine Corps Way. This program provided participants the exceptional opportunity to be engaged in the ethical training experienced by Marine officers.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21
Corporate Executives from around the Southeast traveled with the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility to the Marine Corps recruit depot on Parris Island, S.C., to take part in a unique program entitled Marine Corps Lessons on Leadership and Ethics: What Every Organization Needs to Know.

Thursday, April 28
Executive Breakfast Roundtable with Colonel Mellinger and Lieutenant Colonel Benfield, U.S. Marine Corps
Col Mellinger and LtCol Benfield shared their perspectives on Values Based Training in this unique program entitled Leadership Lessons from the Marine Corps: How Values Based Training Transforms American Citizens into Ethical Warriors. Values Based Training is at the heart of making Marines, and the Corps experience provides important lessons about developing responsible, ethical leaders. Mellinger, Commanding Officer of the Recruit Training Regiment, and Benfield, Commanding Officer of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, are both stationed aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Thursday, April 21
The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility joined the World Affairs Council of Atlanta in hosting a breakfast conversation entitled Connected Capitalism: The Imperative for Collaboration between Business, Government and Civil Society. Three notable experts: the Honorable Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former Director of the National Economic Council of the United States; E. Neville Isdell, former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA explored how businesses can strengthen links between government, society and local communities in ways that improve upon traditional philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Those present learned how today’s leading organizations are making these linkages central to their strategy.The program was held at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.