Details for Bentley University

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive


Waltham, MA, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

01 Apr 2008

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

03 Nov 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2018)

2016-18 Bentley University UNGC PRME SIP-COE - View Report

Period Covered: Sep 2016 to Sep 2018

As a business university, Bentley has a long-standing tradition embedded in ethics, social responsibility, civic engagement, and sustainability that grew out of the intersection of business and the arts and sciences. Bentley is committed to innovative pedagogy and research focused on responsible management practice and sustainable development, embedding this focus throughout the curriculum and our research agenda and instilling these ideals throughout our campus community.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Since 1976 with the creation of the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University has continually promoted a sense of ethics and social responsibility throughout the curriculum through required courses and course modules and efforts to integrate these concepts across discipline-based courses. This effort was given stronger emphasis in January 2004 with the creation of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. The mission of the Alliance is to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for and commitment to ethics, service, sustainability and social responsibility in our research, curricula and campus culture.

In pursuit of this mission, the Bentley Alliance (1) influences curriculum development and pedagogical innovations intended to make our students more ethically sensitive and socially aware; and (2) works to ensure a broader application of these principles and ideals in campus life. Since 1991, each May eight Bentley faculty members participate in a 5-day workshop to explore ways of integrating ethical issues into their disciplinary courses. The workshop is designed to accomplish this goal through: (1) facilitated discussions among faculty from several different disciplines intended to provide them with a basic grounding in ethical theory and corporate responsibility, and (2) presentations by the faculty participants on integrating ethics into their courses, with the opportunity for feedback from the workshop facilitators and other participants. In 2004, the Business Ethics workshop went global, and since then 90 visiting scholars have joined us, from such institutions as: Budapest University (Hungary), Euromed Marseille School of Management (France), the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Norwegian School of Management (Norway), York University (Canada), IAE (Argentina), Instituto de Empressa Business School (Spain), L'Ecole de Management de Lyon (France), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden), University of Asia & the Pacific (Philippines), Jerusalem College of Technology (Israel), Tartu University (Estonia), Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain), Xiamen University (China), Middle East Technical University (Northern Cyprus), and Kabul University and American University of Afghanistan (Afghanistan); from the U.S., DePaul University (Chicago), University of Arizona, Loyola Marymount University (CA), New York Institute of Technology, Franklin University, Prairie View A& M University (TX), University of Seattle (WA), University of Southern California, University of Colorado, San Francisco State University, University of Baltimore, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Houston-Downtown, Thunderbird University (AZ), Andover Newton Theological School (MA), Western Washington University (WA), the University of Washington, and Franklin University (OH).

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In addition to the research interests of individual faculty, Bentley also encourages and sponsors applied transdisciplinary research, emphasizing collaborative projects that involve faculty members across different academic departments and research streams that have the potential to significantly affect current practice. In conjunction with a Risk Management Research Program, the Bentley Alliance also supports interdisciplinary research on governance, strategy and corporate integrity, sustainability, and sponsors campus-wide panels and presentations on current issues. The Women’s Leadership Institute similarly sponsors collaborative research on women in the organizational world. Finally, the Center for Business Ethics undertakes research – surveys, studies and data syntheses – of trends in business ethics, and publishes Business and Society Review in partnership with Blackwell Publishers.

Bentley’s doctoral program also includes a number of students focusing on business ethics and corporate social responsibility. This concentration includes research on business ethics, civic engagement and social responsibility in general, as well as interdisciplinary research in this area. The types of issues our doctoral students are pursuing includes such topics as corporate governance and ethical conduct, corporate social responsibility and profitability, reputational capital, social and financial performance, stakeholder management and the social role of business, women in leadership, and risk management.

For a fuller listing of faculty research and publication in this area, please go to:

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