Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Center Director Named One of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics

Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was on the 2007 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine, a global publication dedicated to illuminating the important correlation between ethics and profit. The list of individuals recognizes those who have inspired change in business ethics.

"I am very honored to be included on the Ethisphere list," Hanson said. "In 1967 when I began working in the field, there was a very small and occasionally-embattled cadre of individuals promoting business ethics. It is a delight to see the field become not only mainstream, but also increasingly relevant to corporate strategists and to the financial community."

A panel of ethics experts from major universities including New York University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Delaware, and Arizona State University, among others, submitted nominations and ranked individuals who influenced ethical behavior in global business. Research was done in cooperation with analysts from the Ethisphere Institute and while hundreds of individuals were considered, ultimately only 100 made the list.

"These individuals deserve tremendous praise for their efforts to advance the public discourse on issues relating to business ethics," said Ethisphere Editor Stefan Linssen. "These finalists represent many different industries and organizations-large and small, public and private-but what unites them is an unwavering commitment to promoting ethical best practices and stimulating corporate social responsibility."

The 100 Most Influential individuals were indexed against the following nine categories:

Government and Regulatory - Did the individual impact government rules or enforcement trends?

Business Leadership - Did the individual substantially transform a specific business' operational practices consistent with profitable ethical leadership, forcing competitors to follow suit or fall behind?

Non-Government Organization (NGO) - Did the individual impact a company's (or industry's) practices through external, non-regulatory leadership either through positive collaboration or negative publicity for a positive end?

Design and Sustainability - Did the individual substantially contribute to or lead a product or service redesign, which resulted in less natural resource use, or increased consumer acceptance of sustainability without diminishing the quality of the original product or service?

Media and Whistleblowers - Did the individual raise awareness on a critical issue or expose corruption?

Thought Leadership - 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?

Corporate Culture - Did the individual show success in transforming the ethical culture and behavior of a corporation or institution, particularly if such corporation or institution previously had a less than ethical culture and values system?

Investment and Research - Did the individual impact corporate behavior through influencing investor decisions and the deployment of investment capital due to this individual's research or institutional fund management practices?

Legal and Governance - Did the individual impact any legal cases that set the precedents in corporate compliance, or influence trends or structure in effective corporate governance for public and/or private companies?

The complete list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics is available online here

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