Two students, Allison Granger and Michael Nepveux, from the Department of Agricultural Economics have been invited to participate in the 9th International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business. The event is organized by the World Youth Forum for Ethics in Business. Granger and Nepveux will participate in a conference held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on November 15, followed by a two-day Transformational Leadership for Excellence Workshop.
The theme for this year’s forum – Shared Value: Role of Business in Tackling Society’s Problems – will address a new paradigm for business that emphasizes the need for businesses to generate economic value by tackling society’s major needs and problems such as health, education and environmental degradation as a core value proposition.
“In recent years, business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of not just the global economic crisis, but also major social and environmental problems,” according to the World Youth Forum’s organizing committee. “This calls into question the traditional paradigm of business under which companies have continued to view value creation narrowly, optimizing short-term profits in a bubble while ignoring the most important societal problems that are critical for their longer-term success.”
The 2013 edition of the International Leadership Symposium of the World Forum in Ethics in Business will explore this new paradigm for business and showcase inspirational examples that can be scaled up for global impact. Granger and Nepveux are being supported under the High Impact Program funds provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences to attend this exciting conference.
“The participation of our students in the World Youth Forum is coming at an opportune time in our College,” said Dr. Fred Boadu, Professor and Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Student Affairs. “One of the Grand Challenges identified by our College leadership is ‘Enriching Our Youth.’ As a College, we prepare our students to be leaders in solving the world’s problems. The World Youth Forum is one response by the Department of Agricultural Economics to the Grand Challenges defined by the College.”
Specific to the issues to be addressed during the World Youth Forum, the Department of Agriculture Economics is home to one of the fastest growing programs in entrepreneurship that brings to campus key business and industry leaders. In addition, the department has offered a class in ethics for over the last 15 years. This fall, the department registered 14 honors students, a 250% increase in honors enrollments.
“We are optimistic about the future” Dr. Boadu said, “and believe that we can deliver on the promises made to educate the youth when we established the Land Grant University system.”