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Duquesne Professor Addresses International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference

A professor from Duquesne University's John F. Donahue School of Business, was the sole American invited to address an international conference on corporate social responsibility held in Germany.

Thomas J. Nist, director of graduate programs for the school of business and holder of the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, presented three sessions at the FOM Hochschule fur Oekonomie & Management in Cologne.

In the April 18 discussion on global sustainability, Nist provided Update from the USA: Key Issues and Debates Inside the American Sustainability Agenda. Additionally, he delivered Sustainability in Finance: Can Finance Practitioners Be Held Accountable to a Sustainability Agenda?  This talk examined how the finance discipline might address the sustainability agenda in corporations.

On April 19, Nist discussed Sustainability in Graduate Management Education: A Case Study, providing information on Duquesne's highly regarded MBA Sustainability. The yearlong, full-time program has received recognition from the Aspen Institute as one of the world's top 25 programs for integrating social, environmental and financial stewardship since 2007 for its values-based curriculum and delivery.

Duquesne has previously partnered with FOM, with DU students visiting the campus during the MBA Sustainability program study abroad segment. Visiting FOM faculty have been hosted on campus.

For the April conference, participating organizations besides Duquesne included Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust, University College Dublin, African Graduate School of Management and Leadership and Cracow University of Economics, among others.

Founded by industrial associations, FOM is a practice-oriented university for working professionals that addresses key management issues by transferring knowledge between universities and businesses. International cooperatives have been established with institutions in the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Spain, the Netherlands and elsewhere. 

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.