Presenter: Dr. David Schwerin
Length: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Availability: By Request
Audience: Grades 8-12; Adult
About the Program:
Businesses have been in the news lately because many have acted in an unethical or irresponsible manner. Widespread incidences of lying, cheating and greed has led to improprieties and scandals at such companies as Enron, WorldCom and Tyco as well as numerous mutual fund companies. The values most people are taught at home and in school - do unto others, tell the truth, consider long term consequences - are often forgotten at work in the name of making the fast buck.
As students start thinking about college courses and/or earning a living, both excitement and apprehension undoubtedly surface. Young adults are usually familiar with today's economic uncertainties, environmental problems and global conflicts. Recent business scandals have touched the lives of many families and are understandably detrimental to society at large. Making a good living is an important goal but only if it is done in equitable and sustainable manner i.e. business is operated responsibly.
The goal of "Introduction to Socially Responsible Business" is to help students better understand our interdependent world and present a model that enhances the welfare of the economy, the ecosystem and society at large. This understanding will enable them to make informed decisions and ask timely question of themselves, their communities and their leaders. Actions students can take to positively influence the business community are presented so that everyone has the opportunity to make a difference both locally and globally.
Discussions can be made on those different topics:
1. Introduction to and History of Socially Responsible Business Movement
2. Benefits of Socially Responsible Business Practices - Sustainability
3. Principles and Guidelines for SRB - The United Nations Global Compact
4. How Students can Make a Difference
David A. Schwerin is the author of Conscious Capitalism: Principles for Prosperity published by Butterworth-Heinemann in 1998. His book has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese and is in its second printing in China. He has over thirty years of business experience, beginning as a financial analyst and senior investment officer with a large bank and then founding D J Investment Advisors, Inc., serving as its president since 1976. David has taught economics on the college level and has given expert witness testimony on financial matters, his articles have been published worldwide and he has often been quoted in the press.
David received his undergraduate degree in Business, a MBA in Finance and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. He was awarded membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, national business honor society and is a member of the Financial Analysts Federation and The Sustainable Business Network. He serves on the board of directors of a number of non- profit organizations and is Chairman of the Pathwork Press.
David has given lectures, presentations and radio and TV interviews throughout the U.S. In 2001 and 2002 he gave over a dozen lectures on a variety of business topics to political leaders, business executives and academic audiences in eight cities in China.
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