The vision of the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business is to become a renowned leader for promoting business education and practice that advance the common good.
Our goals are to be:
- A thought leader and educational model in business solutions to problems of corporate governance, environmental degradation and social issues (such as poverty and inequality) as they impact business practices and policies.
- A community partner in events and practice that promotes responsible business performance.
- An educational incubator for student engagement that inspires social responsibility.
To foster and support the work Saint Mary's faculty in the area of responsible business and provide opportunities for faculty, students and community partners to collaborate on these issues.
- RESEARCH: Provide opportunities for faculty to generate fresh ideas and approaches on responsible business. "Responsible business" (RB) issues refer to work in the area of environmental, social (poverty, social justice issues, social enterprises) and governance aspects of for-profit and non-profit businesses.
- OUTREACH: Offer compelling events and programs that promote collaboration, shared inquiry and innovation in pursuit of responsible business performance.
- ENGAGEMENT: Provide opportunities for business students to build business acumen, inspire social responsibility and community engagement and extend networks.
Hawley, James P., Hoepner, Andreas G. F., Johnson, Keith L., Sandberg, Joakim, and Waitzer, Edward J. June 2014, 'Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty', Cambridge University Press.
Experts from Wells Fargo, BlackRock and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board headlined an insightful panel discussion on what constitutes "responsible investing" and how interested investors should approach it. Panelists Lloyd Kurtz, Doug Park and Chad Spitler shared their knowledge with students and guests.
Trans-Global Executive MBA Immersion project, May, 2013. Indonesian Street Children Organization (ISCO) to provide free education for vulnerable street children in Indonesia. Students worked with faculty advisor Judith White and mentor Adriana Sandoval.