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Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, International Civil Rights Leader, to deliver Sears Lecture in Business Ethics at Bentley College

February 13, 2001

CANCELLED due to guest speaker's ill health

WALTHAM, Mass.- Reverend Leon H. Sullivan will be the featured speaker for the Sears Lectureship in Business Ethics at Bentley College on Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. Reverend Sullivan is the pastor emeritus at the Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, the founder and chairperson of OIC of America and OIC International, President of the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, and chairman and convener for the African African-American Summits. Reverend Sullivan will address "The Global Sullivan Principals of Corporate Responsibility." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Bentley's Koumantzelis Auditorium, Lindsay Hall. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis and there will also be seating with a live video feed in the Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center for overflow.

Sullivan is the author of many books including the 1977 Sullivan Principles for fair Employment in South Africa, a code of conduct for companies operating in South Africa. He is also authored Global Sullivan Principles, a framework that became the standard for social responsibility and equal opportunity for companies doing business in that country. The books are acknowledged to be one of the most effective efforts to end discrimination against blacks in the workplace in the Republic of South Africa, becoming a major platform on which others could speak out for the equal rights in South Africa against apartheid. Throughout the late 1990's Reverend Sullivan brought world and business leaders together to expand the highly effective Sullivan Principles into the Global Sullivan Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility. In November 1999 at a special meeting at the United Nations, Reverend Sullivan and Secretary General Kofi Annan formally announced these new principles before world and business leaders.

The Global Sullivan Principles form a code of conduct created to support "economic, social and political justice by companies where they do business; to support human rights and to encourage equal opportunity at all levels of employment, including racial and gender diversity on decision-making committees and boards; to train and advance disadvantaged workers for technical, supervisory and management opportunities; and to assist with greater tolerance and understanding among peoples; thereby helping to improve the quality of life for communities, workers and children with dignity and equality," wrote Reverend Sullivan. Information about Sullivan is available online at:

This lecture is being presented by the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College, through the generous support of Sears, Roebuck and Co. For directions to Bentley College or for more information, contact the Center for Business Ethics at 781/891-2981, or visit the college's web site at

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