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EVENT: Ross School Will Host Corporate Social Responsibility Conference

3/27/2006 --

Students, corporate executives and the University community will discuss best business practices.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Scott Walsh, manager of corporate partnerships for Environmental Defense, and Norbert Otten, director of external affairs and public policy for DaimlerChrysler, will deliver the keynote addresses at the 2006 Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) March 31 in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Walsh will deliver the opening keynote, "What is CSR and the Current/Future Trends?" at 9:30 a.m. and Otten will close the conference with his speech, "Moving Forward, How Will Leadership Foster CSR Today?" at 4:30 p.m.

Three panels and a free lunch (pre-registration required) at noon will provide a forum for informal discussion and networking opportunities for speakers, students and University community members.

Panel topics include the opposing viewpoints on the role and responsibility of corporations in society as well as an interactive discussion on the philosophical implications of the recent dispute between Coca-Cola and the University.

Companies participating include DaimlerChrysler, Whirlpool, Ford and Borders. Nonprofits participating include Focus: HOPE, AIESEC in the United States and the Council of Foundations.

The platinum sponsor is the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Other sponsors include the Center for International Business at the Ross School, the Organizational Studies Program, Student Government Association and American Express. The William Davidson Institute and are also supporters.

The conference is free and open to the public. Check-in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Assembly Hall, outside Hale Auditorium.

For more information or to pre-register online, visit or contact Lorea Baturen at

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421