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Bentley College and State Street Corporation Present: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Different Sides of the Same Coin? A Comparison of European and North American Perspectives

May 13, 2007

International experts, corporate leaders, academics and non-governmental organization (NGO) specialists will convene at Universidad Pontifica Comillas in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, June 18, for the third annual Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium sponsored by State Street Corporation. Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Different Sides of the Same Coin? A Comparison of European and North American Perspectives will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker Jean-François Schock, senior managing director, Strategic Growth Group, State Street Global Advisors - Europe/Middle East/Africa, will open the symposium. The luncheon program will feature a keynote address by Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, president of DaimlerChrysler Spain.

The closing keynote speaker is H.I. Latifee, managing director of Grameen Trust, part of the Grameen organization, which has been a leader in the field of microfinance and poverty alleviation. Grameen's founder, Professor Muhammad Yunus, and the Grameen Bank, were jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, for efforts to create economic and social development by helping groups break out of poverty through micro-credit.

"Now in its third year, the symposium's global focus and reach is underscored by its European location," says Tony Buono, professor of management and sociology, and coordinator of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. The Alliance, along with the Bentley Center for Business Ethics, has worked closely with State Street to bring together ethics experts and scholars from around the world to discuss pressing business ethics issues. The 2005 and 2006 symposiums were hosted on the Bentley campus.

The day-long program will also feature a series of panels with experts discussing compelling corporate social responsibility (CSR) topics including challenges in managing business ethics and CSR programs anti-corruption initiatives, sustainability, stakeholder management, and corporate governance.

The cost to attend the symposium is $140 USD and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and closing reception. For more information on registration and the program's panel members, please go to

In 2005, Bentley College and State Street Corporation joined in a multi-year collaboration to unite business and higher education in building a strong ethical foundation from which to serve their many constituencies and communities. Established in memory of Timothy B. Harbert '76, chairman and CEO of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) and alumnus and trustee of Bentley, the partnership reflects a long-time commitment to ethics for both Bentley and State Street.

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $12.3 trillion in assets under custody and $1.8 trillion in assets under management at March 31, 2007, State Street operates in 26 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street's web site at

State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, delivers investment strategies and integrated solutions to clients worldwide across every asset class, investment approach and style. With $1.8 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2007, State Street Global Advisors has investment centers in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich, and offices in 25 cities worldwide. For more information, visit State Street Global Advisors at

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

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