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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Goes Global

February 22, 2008

Trade Commissioner Franz Rössler Visits University of Notre Dame

Companies on both sides of the Atlantic strive to become ‘good global citizens’. The debate about how businesses can be economically successful but at the same time consider social and environmental concerns is also being held in Europe. Trade Commissioner Franz Rössler appreciated the opportunities to exchange information on CSR with faculty and MBA students from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Rössler presented
“respACT - austrian business council for sustainable development” as the leading platform for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development in Austria. The most important areas of activity for the association are communication and public relations, exchange of experiences as well as knowledge transfer and education. Through dialogue with important stakeholders, unresolved issues in these fields are discussed and possible solutions developed. Furthermore, concrete steps towards implementation are continually worked on and expanded upon.

The mission of the Mendoza College of Business is to build a premier Catholic business school that fosters academic excellence, professional effectiveness and personal accountability. The school is home to more than 2,200 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate and executive studies. The Austrian visitors met with Dean Bill Nichols, Georges Enderle, Professor of International Business Ethics, and Prof. Elizabeth Snyderwine.

Shown on the photo are Mr. Hindle Fisher from the Governance of Owners in London, Prof. Elisabeth Snyderwine from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame and Franz Roessler and Barbara Havel from the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago.  

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