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Bentley College Embraces the United Nations Global Compact

February 14, 2007

Bentley College has become a member of The Global Compact, an international initiative to bring businesses and academic institutions together with United Nations (UN) agencies, labor and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles.

Bentley joins thousands of members from around the world who are working to advance 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, anti-corruption, and to promote responsible corporate citizenship.

"The academic network of The Global Compact has the potential to promote enhanced corporate citizenship on a global level for the next generation of business professionals," says Anthony Buono, professor of management and sociology and coordinator of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. "By working with and building on the UN's Principles for Responsible Business, Bentley has the opportunity to influence the ways in which our students view their role and the role of the organizations in which they will work."

The Global Compact's 10 principles hold that businesses should:

  • Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;
  • Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses;
  • Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  • Uphold the effective abolition of child labor;
  • Uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation;
  • Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies;
  • Work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.

"Promoting strong ethics and corporate social responsibility is one of Bentley's strongest distinctions, so it is vital that we play a leadership role in this area," Buono says. "Our Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility is a leading example of how important it is to connect various centers and groups on a campus to extend and promote the work that goes on in each of them. We will be able to build on the long-running success and visibility of our Center for Business Ethics and the Bently Service-Learning Center to make a visible and significant contribution to The Global Compact."

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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