Leaders spoke to corporate responsibility at inaugural event
By Adriana Geday | Student reporter
Corporate, government, and Loyola leaders headlined the inaugural Leading Business for Good speaker event hosted by the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility.
The Baumhart Center brings together top leaders to bridge the theory and practice of progressive social responsibility.
Nearly 80 people attended the breakfast event exploring how to succeed in business while being socially responsible. Featured speakers were:
- Alain Turenne, Division Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Product Integrity for Walgreen Company.
- Lisa Morrison Butler, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)
- Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Loyola’s Chancellor and Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus
Quinlan as a hub for socially responsible entrepreneurship and business practices
John Caltagirone, Founding Director, Loyola Business Leadership Hub, and Kevin Stevens, Dean of the Loyola Quinlan School of Business, welcomed attendees and described Quinlan’s role in leading innovation, research and education in developing and supporting socially responsible business practices and market based strategies to resolve social and environmental issues.
“The launch of this leadership series demonstrates to enterprises in Chicago and around the world that partnering with them is a key part of Loyola’s mission as a business school,” says Stevens. “You are welcome here.”
Loyola President, Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, added,“The Center’s mission underscores our institutional commitment here at Loyola to build a more just, humane, and sustainable world. Together, we have much to do.”
New role for Jesuit higher education
The Rev. Michael J. Garanzini S.J., discussed corporate responsibility and the role of Jesuit education in a world that he describes as “increasingly fragmented and contentious.”
He suggests that Jesuit universities have long prepared men and women to enter this world with a moral compass, where the truth exists and can be discovered.
“Our job now is to discover the truth of both sides and bring both sides together, so that together, we can work on solutions,” says Garanzini. “It’s a new way for us to think.”
“At the Baumhart Center, we have the ideal situation for bringing together those with different agendas and concerns to explore their positions with an open mind and to work through solutions. This Center may be the best thing the business school could do in these times.”
Social responsibility at the center of business
Alain Turenne outlined Walgreens’ approach toward corporate social responsibility, touching on the corporation’s key goals, partnerships, and strategies.
“Our CSR mission is built around the community, the environment, the market place, and the workplace,” says Turenne. “We aim to be a responsible neighbor, to protect our environment for future generations, to do business fairly and with integrity, and to treat our people with loyalty and respect.”
“As a large organization, we operate in a world where social corporate responsibility is a way of doing business, it’s not an option anymore,” he says. “We do good by doing good business.”
The final speaker, Lisa Morrison Butler, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), challenged corporations to move beyond their mission to improve the lives of those they touch.
“At DFSS, we’re not attempting to solve or package or deliver solutions. We are instead sitting with, listening to, and partnering with people,” says Morrison Butler. “We have had to embrace the idea of complexity to be able to make a difference in the lives of those in need.”
View events photos in the gallery below or on Quinlan’s Flickr page.
The Leading Business for Good leadership series will continue on August 1 and November 7, 2017.