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Bentley College Seniors Take Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

May 13, 2008

As Bentley College seniors make their careers plans, many pledge to hold prospective employers socially accountable. Twenty-five Bentley students joined a national initiative and signed the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, a voluntary oath taken by seniors at commencement, which states: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

The Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility is the international headquarters of the Graduation Pledge Alliance; the student-run Bentley Civic Leadership Program (BCLP) serves as the Bentley chapter.

According to Tony Buono, coordinator of the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Bentley's BCLP incorporates the pledge as part of the four-year commitment their student members make with respect to three core areas: campus involvement, civic engagement and ethical and socially responsible behavior.

"Given Bentley's commitment and long-term involvement in the ethics, civic engagement and social responsibility arena, it is critical that we use such programs to extend the classroom and get our students actively involved in the surrounding community - both near and abroad," Buono says. "It helps them define for themselves what it means to be an ethical and socially responsible person. By raising the visibility of these concerns throughout their Bentley career, they will hopefully be able to continue and extend their commitment to these ideals, using their business skills and acumen to do good while doing well."

Bentley senior Arman Salavitabar, co-founder and one of the student directors of the Bentley Civic Leadership Program, says the Graduation Pledge complements the goals of BCLP; being involved in both programs opened his eyes to the bigger picture of being a civic leader in any work organization or community. "...the way a company acts as a member of its community and within its realm of responsibility was a major criteria in my job search," says Salavitabar, who recently signed a job offer as a Private Bank Analyst trading FX/Commodities with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

He continues, "I'm very happy that there has been such a positive response from students. It shows that younger generations of leaders recognize that we are all a part of the same greater community and want to be involved in making the world a better place."

Students at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country have taken the pledge since the program's inception in 1987. Initially created at Humboldt State University in California, the pledge program's goal is to guide students in making informed decisions about their employment; to educate them about values and citizenship in addition to knowledge and skills; and to foster a workplace and society that is concerned with more than just the "bottom line."

About the Bentley Civic Leadership Program: BCLP is a student partnership that provides students with the opportunity to develop into tomorrow's civic leaders. Member students expand upon their core values through understanding the importance of campus involvement, civic engagement, and ethical and socially responsible behavior. The program is run in close collaboration with the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, the Bentley Service-Learning Center, and the Office of Student Life.

The Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR) was created in 2004 to amplify, enhance and extend the work of its five member organizations at Bentley: the Center for Business Ethics, the Women's Leadership Institute, the Global CyberLaw Center, the Bentley Service-Learning Center and the Cronin International Center. The aim of the Alliance is to encourage greater awareness of, respect for and commitment to ethics, service and social responsibility in research, curricula and campus culture. Key campus-wide initiatives include Bentley's diversity efforts, Risk Management Research Program, Institutional Review Board, the Academic Integrity Policy and the Class Book program.

 

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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