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Bentley has continually promoted a sense of ethics, civic engagement, social responsibility and sustainability through teaching, research, corporate and community relations, and our campus culture.

Beginning in 2003, these efforts were given even stronger emphasis through the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR). A collaborative effort involving an array of campus-based centers and initiatives, BAESR is intended to build on, enhance and extend the work of the Center for Business Ethics, the Bentley Service-Learning Center, the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Women and Business. Key campus-wide initiatives include the UN Global Compact's Academic Network (PRME), the University's diversity efforts, Risk Management Research Program, the Graduation Pledge, Net Impact, Civic Leadership Program, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Academic Integrity Policy, and Bentley's Office of Sustainability and the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance.  

BAESR’s mission is to amplify, enhance and extend the work of these various centers and initiatives, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for and commitment to ethics, service, social responsibility and sustainability in our research, curricula and campus culture.

In pursuit of this mission, BAESR:

  • Supports and encourages collaborative and transdisciplinary applied research that has the potential to significantly affect current practice.
  • Influences curriculum development and pedagogical innovations intended to make our students more ethically sensitive and socially aware.
  • Ensures a broader application of these principles and ideals in campus life.
  • Attempts to foster lifelong civic engagement among our students.
  • Seeks to partner with external organizations, academic and professional associations, and corporations in pursuit of these goals.

Bentley is committed to the infusion of business ethics and social responsibility, including an emphasis on diversity and service-learning, throughout the curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information about related classes, click here.

The Alliance is coordinated by Cynthia Clark, Ph.D.