A business is NOT just in business to make money. Executives can fall back on the long standing tenants of capitalism and answer only to shareholders and Wall Street, but in the reality we should live in, a business has an obligation to its customers, to its employees and to the world in which it lives. In a volatile economy and shaky job market, thinking about long term benefits to the country and the altruistic deeds we aspire to are as important now as ever. So who will lead the charge? What choices will shake up the institutions and strive not just for higher profits but a better tomorrow?
Kellie A. McElhaney, Author and John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, Berkeley-Haas, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. McElhaney is the Whitehead Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She launched this center in 2003, which placed... More View all posts
Dr. McElhaney is the Whitehead Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She launched this center in 2003, which placed corporate responsibility squarely as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School. The Center has received global critical acclaim with The Financial Times rating Haas #1 in the world in 2008. Part of the Center’s differentiation is its $1.3M student-run socially responsible investment fund, which Kellie helped to launch and still advises. Her Corporate Responsibility work focuses in three areas: (1) Analyzing and developing companies’ CSR strategy and its alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and value creation; (2) Exploring the linkage between women, business leadership, and corporate sustainability (3) The business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR. She has written a book entitled Just Good Business The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (2010) on these focus areas, as well as given a TED talk on the topic. Kellie also focuses on Women and Business Leadership, as well as connections between women as corporate leaders and the firm’s sustainability performance. She has developed a new MBA course in this arena called Women in Business in which she looks at the business cases for investing globally in the development of women. She has written various case studies of companies who are doing this, including the GSMA, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola. You can see her latest study on Women on Boards and Environment Social and Governance (ESG) performance improvements here. Professor McElhaney teaches Strategic CSR in all of the MBA degree programs- full-time, executive, and part-time. In 2012, she developed and is teaching a new class called Women in Business, which looks at why businesses are investing in the global development of women, and what the business outcomes- financially, socially, and environmentally- are when business successfully attracts, retains, and develops women in to leadership. She has written papers and company case studies on this critical topic. Kellie keynotes for companies and organizations all over the world, and consults to Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy, bridging her academic focus with the practitioner world. Her client list includes HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Levi, Wal-Mart, Target, Clorox, Ernst & Young, NVIDIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nokia (Finland), Navigant, Volunteer Match, Ford Motor Company, PG&E, Driscolls Berries, Triage Consulting Group, Ulster Bank (Ireland), Kimberly-Clark, Frontline, Accenture, StatoilHydro (Norway), Yum! Brands, Chevron, ING, Energizer Holdings, Inc., Pandora Internet Radio, Aboitiz (Philippines). Kellie serves on the Board of Directors for Globescan and Sierra Europe Offshore, LTD, the Sustainability & Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the Dow Chemical Company, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for SustainAbility, Fuse Corps, and Atalanta Capital. She lives in the Oakland Hills in California and has two middle school-aged daughters. She enjoys photography, yoga, good wine, running and has even tried surfing. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina, her MA from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving in to academia, Kellie worked in retail banking. Less View all posts
Tim Mohin, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Tim Mohin joined AMD as the Director of Corporate Responsibility in December 2009. In this role, Tim is responsible for the development of AMD’s corporate responsibility strategy, oversees the company’s responsibility programs, and hea... More View all posts
Tim Mohin joined AMD as the Director of Corporate Responsibility in December 2009. In this role, Tim is responsible for the development of AMD’s corporate responsibility strategy, oversees the company’s responsibility programs, and heads AMD’s cross-functional corporate responsibility advisory council. Tim is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the author of the 2012 book Changing Business from the Inside Out: A Treehugger’s Guide to Working in Corporations. Prior to joining AMD, Tim started up and led Apple’s Supplier Responsibility program. Before Apple, Tim was at Intel for 12 years leading the company’s environmental and sustainability functions. Tim started his career with the US government. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency he led the development of the toxics provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments. Later, Tim was senior legislative staff for the Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works where he contributed to a variety of national environmental policies; notably the Environmental Technology Act of 1993. Tim serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Net Impact and The Green Grid. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. Less View all posts