Creating Social Value: Doing Well While Doing Good

Friday, March 22, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27, Saint Joseph's students will learn the value of ethical decisions in business during an on-campus event — Creating Social Value: Doing Well While Doing Good. The event, sponsored by the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics and the student organization, Net Impact, will be held in Mandeville Hall's Wolfington Teletorium from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

"Social value is the concept that a company can enhance its own competitiveness while simultaneously alleviating social problems in the communities where it operates," explains Arrupe Center Director John McCall, Ph.D., professor of management and philosophy. 

Increasingly, a corporation's commitment to the remedying of social ills is gaining importance in the minds of stakeholders. According to, more than 5,500 companies around the world provided information on their social achievements to investors in 2011. 

"This event is an opportunity to increase student engagement around this new metric," explains McCall. "These are skills that will create a more innovative, socially aware workforce." 

Creating Social Value: Doing Well While Doing Good will be moderated by Diane Phillips, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, and will feature three speakers: Jennifer Powell-Folks, program director for Giving of Self Partnership; Judy Wicks, founder of White Dog Café and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia; and Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology. 

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