Freeman on Ethisphere List for Third Year


On the list of “2009’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” from Ethisphere Magazine are Darden School of Business Professor R. Edward Freeman and Dean Krehmeyer (MBA '99), who is executive director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Ethics, which is housed at the Darden School.

Freeman was one of the few individuals to appear on the list for the third year in a row, in the category of Thought Leadership. Wrote Ethisphere, “Freeman’s stakeholder model, spurred by his most recent book Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art, is a potent influence to business leaders who embrace their social role. He is a sought after speaker by executives and academics from around the globe with engagements in Asia, Europe and Australia.”

Krehmeyer also appeared on the Thought Leadership list, which is created by an advisory board that evaluates the question: “Did the individual conceive of new approaches or otherwise materially contribute to the field of business ethics theory in a way that could be easily applied by corporate leaders?”

Ethisphere praised Krehmeyer for the free, online global video series covering business ethics, launched by the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics earlier this year. Called the Masters Seminars in Business Ethics, the series features thought leaders in business ethics who present their area of expertise, whether building trust with stakeholders or the history of corporate social responsiblity.

Ethisphere Magazine is published by the Ethisphere Institute, which is an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

“This year, we not only saw the catastrophic consequences that ethical failings can have on an organization and industry at large, but we were also able to observe the profoundly positive impact that sound corporate ethics can have on the long-term health and wealth of a company,” said Stefan Linssen, editor-in-chief of Ethisphere Magazine. “These individuals have impacted the way we think about, practice and oversee ethics in ways that will continue to resonate with the business community for many years to come.”

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Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is a professional school that improves society by developing principled leaders for the world of practical affairs.

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